School-Wide PBIS (SWPBIS) is a systems approach to creating and maintaining positive school climates where teachers can teach and students can learn. This evidence-based framework emphasizes preventing school discipline problems.
SWPBIS provides ideas to support teaching, modeling and recognizing positive, appropriate behavior in schools and identifies systems for logically responding to classroom and individual student problems.
SWPBIS is NOT a curriculum, intervention or practice, but IS a systems change framework that guides selection, integration and implementation of the best evidence-based practices for improving behavior outcomes for all students while increasing opportunities for academic engagement.
What are the primary elements of SWPBIS?
SWPBIS emphasizes four integrated elements within the context of cultural diversity:
- Data for decision-making
- Practices that are achievable and evidence-based
- Systems that efficiently and effectively support implementation of these practices
- Measurable outcomes supported and evaluated by data
What outcomes are associated with implementation of SWPBIS?
SWPBIS maximizes academic engagement and achievement for all students by:
- Reducing disciplinary referrals, suspensions and expulsions while increasing academic performance.
- Increasing the consistent use of positive teaching and reinforcement strategies for behavior.
- Using engaging, responsive, preventive and productive approaches to problematic behavior.
- Improving supports for students whose behaviors require more specialized assistance (e.g., emotional and behavioral disorders, mental health).