Student SW-PBS Leadership Teams can be an essential part of building and sustaining the schoolwide process of positive behavior support. This is particularly true at the secondary school level. The resources below are examples and ideas from a Missouri high school that successfully established a student SW-PBS leadership team.
SW-PBS Student Leadership Teams from the perspective of the teacher sponsor
SW-PBS is an excellent framework for building student success at the high school level.
It provides a clear structure for establishing and teaching expected behaviors which can be lacking in the behavior management training that beginning teachers receive. Secondary students need support reaching behavioral expectations, just as they need assistance in achieving in academic areas. The Tier One Team can create a culture of positive behavior that can be missing from secondary schools as the SW-PBS components become embedded within the daily environment.In addition, high school students can be used to enhance the efforts of the Tier One Team. I have found that students have great ideas to improve the culture of their school. They also are helpful problem solvers to issues that affect them in a direct manner. This avenue has historically been an underdeveloped tool to promote positive behavior and school spirit as students have little impact into the procedures and routines of their educational experience. To fully capitalize on the momentum of the school’s Tier One efforts, a Student Panel is essential to gain student support within a school. As students and teachers work together, they can bridge the gap to create an effective learning and working atmosphere where the focus on increasing student success is the common vision in which all stakeholders benefit from the partnership.”
Loretta Upshaw, SW-PBS Coach
SW-PBS Student Leadership Teams from the perspective of the student leader
You have read the information regarding the concepts of SW-PBS and can see that it is researched based and has potential to improve both the academic and social climate of schools.
The focus of a School-Wide Positive Behavior Support team is to impact the social behavior of the entire student population. Many schools wish to positively impact all students, but lack effective means. I am introducing a solution: The Student Panel.As a student, the benefits of SW-PBS are obvious. During my sophomore year in high school, a teacher saw that I had potential for leadership that I didn’t even realize myself. I was challenged to use those skills to pioneer the development of a Student Panel for our building. When I was first introduced to this idea, I was hesitant, but I soon could see how I could be involved in directly impacting my school in a positive way. Since then, I have grown to cherish SW-PBS at the student level, because that is where I believe the greatest impact is intended.
The reason we all get involved in SW-PBS is to improve the school climate, but even more, to develop essential, lifelong social skills in all students. SW-PBS in Missouri can have a greater impact by creating a system to build leadership capacity among students. If leadership is shared by adults and students, students will have ownership in the initiative. This ownership by students has the potential to generate interest by a more diverse group and have a broader impact than adults simply devising a plan and then requiring students to follow.”
Blake Allan Miller, SW-PBS Student Intern
Steps for creating a SW-PBS Student Leadership Team
What one MO SW-PBS Student Leadership Team (aka Student Panel) looks like in action: