Definition of Schoolwide Positive Behavior Support (SW-PBS)
SW-PBS is a process for creating safer and more effective schools by structuring the learning environment to support the academic and social success of all students. The process supports the adoption and long-term implementation of efficient and effective discipline throughout the school environment. SW-PBS methods are research-based, proven to significantly reduce the occurrence of problem behaviors in schools and supported by a three-tiered model.
Tiers of SW-PBS
Single page SW-PBS Facts (includes information on all 3 Tiers of SW-PBS)
Missouri SW-PBS recommends district-wide adoption for schools to achieve optimal results. When students transfer or transition from one school to another, it is helpful to have complementary discipline processes in place. It is also beneficial in terms of providing effective professional development.
There are six steps that should be taken to prepare for successful introduction of SW-PBS in a district:
- Secure school and district administrator agreement.
- Secure commitment & agreement to implement from at least 80% of staff.
- Establish a PBS leadership team at each school.
- Conduct an assessment of the current schoolwide discipline system.
- Create an Action Plan based on current school data, staff input, and school/district mission.
- Establish a system to collect office discipline referrals and other identified data on a regularly scheduled basis.
The Missouri regional SW-PBS consultants assist schools/districts in understanding the six steps. Specific information related to each of these and what will be involved in completing them is also available from the consultants.
Once a school/district has made the commitment to implement SW-PBS, personnel are trained through a series of state and regional workshops. Typically a school will use the first year to participate in training, review current school processes, and prepare for full-scale implementation the following school year. In succeeding years additional trainings will be provided to assist schools’ progress and to provide technical support.
Missouri Schoolwide Positive Behavior Support (SW-PBS) Tiers, Levels and Phases: a brief summary of our statewide process.
The Essential Components of a successful SW-PBS system are:
Common philosophy and purpose
Clarifying expected behaviors
Teaching expected behaviors
Encouraging expected behaviors
Discouraging inappropriate behaviors
Effective classroom practices
SW-PBS is a national and international initiative that is currently being implemented in over 10,000 schools. A national center for PBS is supported through the U.S. Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) and is recognized as an IDEA that Works. The Missouri initiative is actively supported through the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) Division of Effective Practices. Regional SW-PBS consultants may be contacted through the information provided under the Personnel Directory on this website, or through the local RPDC in your area.