PAX Good Behavior Game

Getting Started

Learning to Use Pax

As you read the PAX Manual, receive training from an Accredited National Trainer or Locally Accredited PAX Partner, watch videos of PAX in practice, and use of the larger PAX community online, you can learn how to better the world and better yourself. We invite you to be open to creating PAX for students, families, our nation’s future, and yourself.

Having learned to do PAX, it is something you can apply with whatever programs come or go.  PAX easily combines with “brand-name” initiatives and significantly expands the effectiveness of programs like Common Core, Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS), Response to Intervention,

What you as a teacher or staff member does with PAX can affect a child for life—even if students come from great adversity.

There are multiple ways to learn PAX: a) attending a destination training where multiple schools or districts are learning how to do it; or b) having a nationally or regionally accredited trainer come to your school or community.

Get the Game
If a child cannot learn to pay attention to important tasks, he or she will not be able to succeed in any job.

Make it Happen

Sustaining PAX

PAX is a portable skill you can use wherever you are, in virtually any situation with young people.  Many school personnel report using PAX with their own children or grandchildren.  Thus, if you like the impact of PAX among your students and classroom, you can sustain it so long as you use it. It’s that simple.

Superintendents, principals, school boards and elected officials come and go. You don’t.   PAX is a bit like learning to ride a bicycle. If you learn how to do it, it’s hard really to forget.

PAX has a sustaining impact on children, too—measured out for 20 years from first grade exposure alone, just like famous early interventions like the Perry Preschool, Abecedarian, or Meaningful Differences studies. Multiple studies in the United States, Canada and Europe now show that early exposure to PAX benefits children for the rest of their lives—even if they never have PAX again from another teacher or their families never change. Lest you think that is impossible, consider the fact that if a child learns to read, write and do math in first grade, he or she is likely to retain that core skill for the rest of their lives—barring injury, disease or other extreme adversities. Of course, that foundation in first grade also grants a child the core ability to learn more —if opportunity is afforded. The same is true of PAX.

Growing PAX Infrastructure

One of the best ways to expand and sustain PAX is to develop local PAX Partners,™ who can come from many walks of life. PAX Partners™ can be retired teachers, staff of local non-profits, medical or hospital staff, in-house administrators or allied professionals, and other committed community members.  A PAX Partner™ helps a teacher with his or her students learn and apply PAX principles and strategies rapidly and effectively. A PAX Partner monitors the actual impact of PAX on students, helps a teacher fine-tune implementation of PAX for the children in that classroom.  Each PAX Partners learns how to use the “Purrfect PAX” rubric and web-based data system, providing staff and students with real-time scoreboards and mentoring maximizing PAX benefits.

Academic credentials for PAX Partners are less important than the ability of a candidate to BE PAX with staff and students, as well as be able to notice not actual PAX behaviors accurately, learn to prompt desired PAX skills, praise and reinforce PAX skills among adults and students like, and demonstrate PAX strategies in real time.  Being a good PAX Partner requires some cognitive and emotional flexibility about trying new practices as well as giving up attachment to classifying children and adults with diagnostic labels.

If a child cannot learn to pay attention to important tasks, he or she will not be able to succeed in any job.

Use the Evidence

Cost and Time Efficiency of PAX

PAX is probably the most cost-effective universal classroom prevention strategy presently, when you consider especially the many beneficial outcomes documented in multiple studies across the world:

  • 50% to 70% reduction in inattentive, unengaged learning, disturbing, destructive, aggressive and bullying behaviors that happen quickly.
  • A corresponding increase in opportunity for fully engaged, productive teaching and learning without increasing the actual school days.
  • Significant improved attendance in the matter of months.
  • Significantly fewer illnesses, accidental injuries and intentional injuries among children—(and probably adults).
  • 30% to 50% reduction in need for special services for children, which means much less time in Response to Intervention or Individualized Educational Program meetings,
  • Fewer meetings with families and administrators, from you know where, about problematic students and behaviors.
  • Less stress and burnout for staff, meaning less turnover.
  • Lower probability of family conflict and violence at home, regarding children’s behaviors.

And there is big whopper of benefit: The more you do PAX, the more students’ brains are wired with the core cognitive, emotional, and social skills to achieve well academically.  More students can do well on reading, since PAX builds the key meta-skill of voluntary control over attention. That translates in the studies of more children completing high school and entering university or college.  A note: In order for the students to maximize the benefits from PAX on academics, the adults need to use the opportunity for more stimulating and complex instruction.

Break-even for implementing PAX in classroom happens in probably a year. The materials are among the least expensive for any high-quality, evidence-based preventive strategy in the United States and Canada. Training costs are modest.  There are few consumables, and they are not expensive.

A good way to think about PAX GBG is as a “behavioral vaccine” — like hand washing, brushing your teeth, or buckling a seatbelt.  The neat thing about PAX is that one-year of practice during first grade has lifetime protective benefits, rather like a polio vaccination.  The “purchase price” of PAX GBG materials to protect a child for his or her lifetime is less than $15.00 per child, assuming 25 children per classroom.  The purchase price of all childhood vaccines per child (not their training or delivery, but just the vials) is estimated to be $1,225 per child by 2020, and presently about $1,000 per child.

What is a teachers’ lifetime impact on 500 students over a 20-year teaching career? The impact of PAX GBG can be predicted in terms of protecting children, based on just one year of exposure to PAX GBG in one first-grade classroom at age 21, assuming 25 children per year. The projections can be predicted from multiple prior gold-standard studies of the long-term effects you can read at 
Remember, PAX GBG is a skill, not a curriculum. A skill is portable, something you can use if you move to another school, another city or a different grade.  It’s also a portable skill that students can carry with them their entire lives.
Here is the simple analysis for protection against some mental, emotional, behavioral disorders plus promotion of some academic outcomes—if a teacher used PAX GBG well for each entering grade one classroom, over a twenty year period.* 
Improvements in Selected Academic Outcomes…
Out of 500 students…
• 43 – Fewer boys will need special education and related services.
• 28 – More boys will graduate from high school. 
• 44 – More girls will graduate from high school. 
• 33 – More boys will enter college. 
• 35 – More girls will enter college. 
What teacher wouldn’t be ecstatic about this legacy of academic success for his or her students?
Reductions in Selected Mental, Emotional, Behavioral and Related Heath Disorders…
Out of 500 students…
• 28 - Fewer boys will have lifetime serious substance abuse addictions.
• 33 - Fewer boys will have lifetime tobacco addiction.
• 18 - Fewer boys will develop lifetime alcohol abuse disorder.
• 24 - Fewer girls will have suicidal thoughts.
• 33 - Fewer boys will have suicidal thoughts.
•  5 - Fewer boys will commit and be convicted of serious violent crimes (saving at least $10 to $25 million alone in costs to society)
What teacher wouldn’t be ecstatic about this legacy of good life, peace, health and happiness for his or her students?
How did these benefits happen? 
By teachers and school staff—just like you—who help youngsters learn how they can have voluntary control over attention, for a positive intention, while working together during any instructional activity in the classroom or school to better their world and themselves.  Just imagine you gave these lifetime gifts of peace, productivity, health and happiness to your students.
* These computations were estimated from two major outcome papers, and results would vary based on how well PAX GBG was implemented and children’s characteristics in the classroom.

How to Get It

Where Can We Get PAX?

PAX Good Behavior Game is only available from PAXIS Institute, national leaders in applying prevention science. You may reach PAXIS by calling 1-877-GO-PAXIS (467-2947) (8am to 4 pm, AZ time), or sending an email with your info to  Join the thousands of children and their teachers in the United States and Canada are becoming PAX Leaders each month, who are bettering our world and themselves.

What Are Options for Starting Up PAX?

PAX can be launched in a single classroom, in a few grades, in a whole school, in several schools, in a district, in town or city, across a county or region, and even in whole States or Provinces.  We can connect you to sites who have gone before you with various scale ups.

What Do Teachers Need?

Every teacher needs a PAX GBG kit, which is packed in a handy bag, stuffed with very practical tools that can improve children’s actions in days.  Teachers also need training from accredited National PAX Trainers and/or accredited local PAX Partners.  PAX Plus Kits are a best for classroom teachers, as such kits include additional tools that help students rapidly generalize and maintain their PAX skills.  Other staff who visit the classroom such as counselors, social workers, instructional coaches, and administrators benefit significantly from the standard PAX Kit.  All kits include a special hyperlink for reproducibles.  Manuals and other non-reproducibles many not be copied.

How Do Teachers and Others Get Training?

There are a number of ways and options. If you have just one or two teachers who need training, we can often include them in other sites’ training events, with permission of that site and compensation for the site.

Pricing and Proposals

Pricing and Proposals

Below, you will find pricing for implementing PAX GBG in terms of materials and training. Only existing, trained sites have access to the store to order replacement and new supplies or services.
The general pricing schedule provides a quick way of estimating potential implementation costs. PAXIS Institute strongly suggests that you contact us by email or phone for specific proposals if you are planning to submit grants, develop larger implementations, etc., as we have many tools and experiences that can help you with thinking through cost-effective solutions. We can provide a formal proposal for your costs.

General Pricing for PAX Good Behavior Game®

How much does PAX GBG cost to implement? 
The smallest costs are for PAX GBG materials and training, and PAX GBG is the least expensive evidence-based programmatic practice (materials plus training) with the largest documented immediate and long-term effects on the National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices (see for universal prevention across multiple mental, emotional, behavioral, and academic outcomes. 
Thus, PAX GBG is highly cost effective.  Per 100 first graders who are exposed to well-implemented PAX GBG, the net return on investment (ROI = “profit or cost savings” minus implementation costs) for those 100 students by the time they reach age 21 equals $1.3 million. With custom or formal proposals, we can provide a whole range of projections of expected benefits based on the combined research studies that continue to grow.
Below, you will find the general pricing structure for PAX GBG. All prices are expressed in US currency.  Orders from other countries may incur addition costs based on tariffs or other regulations or costs associated with international transactions. Presently, PAX GBG is available in English and French.  Some items only seen by students are available in Spanish.
PAX GBG has a proven track record of success in the following types of settings:
  • US Title I (free and reduced lunch) and non-Title I) schools in the United States
  • Inner-city schools, suburban schools, rural and frontier schools.
  • After school programs and sites.
  • Among African American, Hispanic, recent immigrants, refugee populations, First Nations/Aboriginal/Native American, public schools, charter schools, religious affiliated schools.
  • Non-English or French-speaking students
  • Pre-service training programs for teacher training and education
  • Special education classrooms and mainstream classrooms
  • Pre-K through Grade 8 (please note that there are recommended adaptions for different developmental periods).  There are other variations, but please call for info.

PAX GBG® Products

Pricing ($US)


PAX Plus Good Behavior Game kit for classroom teachers

(Includes the manual, web-support registration code, Tootles note pads, portable scoreboard, OK/Not OK desk cards, Granny's Wacky Prizes booklet and box, My Wonderful PAX School reproducible masters, digital timer, PAX Quiet harmonica, PAX Stix, lanyard, pen, bracelets, and subscription to the online learning community and supports, scoreboards, pinch slates, PAX to the MAX music CD, PAX-It note pad, and large posters)

$289 (US) each + shipping (based on actual rates for speed of delivery)

(Rush orders do incur an added handling fee of $5 extra per kit)

Required for all trained teachers

PAX Good Behavior Game kit for school support staff and administration

(Includes the manual, web-support registration code, Tootles note pads, portable scoreboard, OK/Not OK desk cards, Granny's Wacky Prizes booklet and box, My Wonderful PAX School reproducible masters, digital timer, PAX Quiet harmonica, PAX Stix, lanyard, pen, bracelets, and subscription to the online learning community and supports)

$239 (US) each + shipping (based on actual rates for speed of delivery)

(Rush orders do incur an added handling fee of $5 extra per kit)

Required for non-teachers attending trainings; also recommended for administrators who may be involved but cannot attend training.

PAX Pocket apron (to carry PAX materials, useful in pre-k and K)

$10 (US) each + shipping

Not required

PAX GBG T-shirt

$14 (US) each + shipping

Minimum order of 18.

Not required

PAX GBG® Training & Supports



1-day, on-site training for implementing PAX Good Behavior Game®

(Note this can be broken into two-three days to avoid hiring substitutes/ professional days and provide some immediate coaching and sustainability/ integration supports, but does require extra charge for the accredited trainer)

$2,900 (US) for up to 40 people, plus travel expenses.

Please call if you need to customize this, and book early if planning during school startup.

Training is required, and there are options to achieve this requirement

1-day, on-site booster training for PAX Good Behavior Game®.  This is framed entirely for your local conditions, concerns, initiatives and needs.

$2,900 (US) for up to 40 people, plus travel expenses

Highly Recommended

Destination National or Regional Trainings for teachers and staff for Good Behavior Game®

Call for info

An alternative for research and early demonstration efforts in new areas

Custom training and support packages for PAX Good Behavior Game®

Varies depending on site needs

Recommended if site needs to integrate with other initiatives or specific funder requirements

3-day, off-site National or Regional training of PAX Partners who can be accredited to mentor and induct new teachers or staff within school or district for implementing and using PAX Good Behavior Game® (held in various locations in North America)

Note: PAXIS only accredits National PAX Trainersby invitation or nomination based on their measurable results, skill at modeling and being PAX and availability

$2,500 (US) per person attending, plus their own travel expenses

Recommended or On-Site Version.  This is often combined with on-site training with nationally accredited PAX GBG trainersfor early and sustainable success.

On-site custom training for PAX Partners who can be accredited to mentor and induct new teachers or staff within school or district

Varies depending on site needs. Please call.

Recommended or attending off-site North American event

On-site Community Mobilization, Marketing and Training for Sustainability and Long-term Outcome Evaluations in Districts, Communities, Provinces/States

Please set up a conference call to discuss

Highly recommended for large-scale implementations

PAX Technical Assistance Specialist Support (via phone/Skype/Adobe Connect). 

This helps resolve local implementation and sustainability issues, unique to your setting, cultures, and initiatives.

Varies depending on site needs.

Please call for consultation and pricing.

Highly Recommended

Annual PAX Data Monitoring and Feedback System for Robust Results (License).

This includes graphic feedback on changes in students’ skills and behaviors and diagnostic data for improving results in local context. This integrates with response to intervention for both academics and behavior (RTI) and Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) efforts.  The data system operates on computers and most mobile devices connected to the Internet/WIFI/Cell Data Plan, but can be optionally configured to operate off line.

$250 (US) per school

Normally required to assure robust implementation and to provide evidence of local effectiveness for sustainability and quality control


Site Proposals

We understand that school districts, grant funders and other entities may require a formal proposal or cost estimate.  We gladly provide these proposals, so that you think through your implementation to maximize the benefits for your students, staff, families and communities.  Please call our toll-free number at 1-877-GO-PAXIS (467-2947), and speak to Bea Ramirez who is the director of marketing. Before you call, please have some basic information in mind:

  • The numbers of teachers you wish to adopt and implement PAX GBG.

  • The number of sites to be reached.

  • The number of students by grade-level that you wish to target each year, so that we can calculate the predicted economic and outcome benefits of PAX for your site(s).

  • When you might like to start up PAX.

  • Some of the hoped for changes in children or the settings you hope to achieve.

  • What other programs or practices you want PAX to mesh with at your site such as Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS), Common Core, Title I, Response To Intervention (RTI), school improvement, Special Education, or other important school or community initiatives.

  • How many people you would like to have competencies as PAX Partners to mentor, coach and support PAX GBG on site.

  • Any requirements by your funding source(s) that need to be addressed in your proposal.

Contact Bea Ramirez,, for a worksheet and formal proposal.