This course provides foundational and readiness information for the development of Schoolwide Positive Behavior Support (SW-PBS) Tier 2 behavioral interventions. SW-PBS is a framework for a continuum of evidenced-based interventions to achieve academically and behaviorally important outcomes for all students. When schools have a solid foundation of Tier 1 SW-PBS systems, data, and practices for all students, planning may begin for Tier 2 systems, data, and practices that provide small group interventions for up to 15% of students who are at-risk of negative social, emotional, and/or behavioral health outcomes.


By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Explain the need for and benefits of a positive, proactive and instructional approach to discipline and the essential components of Schoolwide Positive Behavior Support (SW-PBS).
  • Identify key features of a Schoolwide Positive Behavior Support Tier 2 system and characteristics of maximally effective interventions.
  • Determine readiness for development of Tier 2 against recommended criteria.
  • Engage full staff in a process to evaluate commitment for developing a Tier 2 system and practices.
  • Describe the process of intensifying supports for students who require additional intervention.
  • Use the SWPBIS Tiered Fidelity Inventory to self-assess the implementation status of Tier 1 universals and Tier 2 targeted behavior support systems.
  • Analyze data to update the Tier 2 Action Plan.


This course is for Tier 2 teams in schools that are implementing Tier 1 with fidelity and are ready to consider planning Tier 2 systems, data, and practices.

Reflective Questions

Tier 2 interventions typically serve 10-15% of a student population.

  • Has our school implemented SW-PBS Tier 1 systems, data, and practices?
  • Are we implementing with fidelity? How do we know?
  • What might be key readiness factors that should be in place before planning for Tier 2?