School-Wide Positive Behavior Support (SW-PBS)
School-wide 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 built on a three-tiered model that provides additional behavioral supports to students who are not responding to the tier 1 interventions.
SW-PBS is a national and international initiative that is currently being implemented in over 10,000 schools. A national center for PBIS 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.
The Northeast RPDC’s PBS Consultant serves early-learning centers, elementary, middle, and high schools by helping schools provide a school-wide, systematic approach to discipline that recognizes the positive behaviors of students to build a more engaging school climate.