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Schoolwide Positive Behavior Interventions Supports

March 07, 2021

School-wide Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (SW-PBIS) is the application of evidence based strategies and systems to assist schools in decreasing problem behavior, increasing academic performance, increasing safety, and establishing positive school culture.

SW-PBIS is not a curriculum, intervention, or practice, but is  a decision making framework that guides selection, integration, and implementation of the best evidence-based academic and behavior outcomes for all students.

SW-PBIS emphasizes four integrated elements:

  1. data for decision making
  2. measurable outcomes supported and evaluated by data
  3. practices with evidence that these outcomes are achievable
  4. systems that efficiently and effectively support implementation of these practices

Visual aid about the 4 PBS Elements

SW-PBIS refers to a systems change process for an entire school or district. The underlying theme is teaching behavioral expectations in the same manner as any core curriculum subject.

SW-PBIS provides a framework for the use of research-informed instructional principals and practices to teach and reinforce behavioral expectations using a three tiered model. This framework provides a natural pathway for schools to provide intensive  or targeted interventions to students who do not respond to primary prevention strategies.

Visual aid about Three-Tiered Model of Schoolwide Discipline Strategies

Related links and resources:

PBIS Apps- Schoolwide Information System (SWIS)-PBIS Assessment-PBIS Evaluation

OSEP Technical Assistance Center for PBIS

Association for Positive Behavior Support

Missouri PBIS

Florida PBIS

University of Louisville-College of Education and Human Development

National School Climate Center

Mid-Atlantic PBIS Network


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