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School-Wide Positive Behavior Support

What is SW-PBS?

Schoolwide Positive Behavior Support (SW-PBS) is a framework for creating safe and orderly learning environments in schools, while improving the social-emotional outcomes for students. It is a proactive approach that relies on research-based practices, including developing clear behavioral expectations, teaching these expectations, acknowledging appropriate behavior, consistently correcting inappropriate behavior, and using behavioral data to systematically solve problems. SW-PBS is build on a three-tiered model that provides additional behavioral supports to students who are not responding to the tier 1 interventions.

What are the benefits of SW-PBS?

Schools that consistently implement and use SW-PBS have:

  • Improved school climate
  • Improved student achievement
  • Reduced in-suspension and referral rates

2021-2022 SW-PBS Training

Web Resources

Missouri School-wide Positive Behavior Support
National Technical Assistance Center on School-wide Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports
DESE (Department of Elementary and Secondary Education)
Association for Positive Behavior Support
Florida's Positive Behavior Support Program
Arizona Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports
Maryland Positive Behavior Inventions and Supports
Illinois Positive Behavior Support Program
Teaching Tools: Easing Transitions for Young Children with Challenging Behavior


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