As individual schools implement SW-PBS, it has become evident leadership and support is needed from the district to sustain implementation over time. District leadership is important to provide funding, visibility and political support for all initiatives in a district, including SW-PBS. Proactive planning is important to align SW-PBS practices to support district CSIP goals and makes best use of district resources. Supports including training and coaching at the building level can be more coordinated at the district level. Finally, ongoing evaluation and analysis of data lead to problem solving and decision making for the entire district.

A district leadership team made up of district-level decision makers and building-level staff have major responsibility to develop and coordinate SW-PBS. Major responsibilities include:

  • Completing a self-assessment
  • Creating a 3-5 year action plan
  • Establishing regularly scheduled meetings
  • Identifying a coordinator to manage and facilitate the team
  • Securing stable funding for efforts
  • Developing a dissemination strategy to establish visibility (website, newsletter, conferences, TV)
  • Ensuring student social behavior is one of the top priorities of the district
  • Establishing trainers to build and sustain SW-PBS practices
  • Developing a coaching network (each school identifies a school coach to facilitate)
  • Evaluating schoolwide SW-PBS efforts


The National Center for Positive Behavior and Intervention Support has an entire page of district presentation, publications and training resources