School-Wide Positive Behavior Support

What is SWPBS?

School-Wide Positive Behavior Supports (SWPBS)  is a proactive approach based on a three-tiered model of prevention and intervention. Emphasis is placed on teaching and reinforcing important social skills and problem-solving to address existing behavior concerns. SWPBS is being implemented in thousands of schools across the country and has been demonstrated to reduce discipline problems and increase time for instruction.

What is a tiered-model?

SWPBS combines primary (tier one), secondary (tier two), and tertiary (tier three) prevention interventions.

Primary Prevention
•Universal Interventions
All students in the school

Secondary Prevention
•Targeted Interventions
•Students at risk for behavior problems

Tertiary Prevention
•Intensive, Individualized Interventions
•Students with serious or chronic behavior problems


What resources are available?


We also have a series of webpages to help understand behavior:

Accommodations/Modifications Sometimes an accommodation or modification to the classroom or the curriculum is the solution to a challenging behavior
Behavior Intervention Plan A written plan that identifies problem behaviors and how they will be addressed.
Behavior is Communication All behavior happens for a reason, but why?
Bullying Definitions, actions to take, specific protections for students with disabilities.
Discipline Covering discipline, suspension, expulsion, manifestation determination review.
Functional Behavior Assessment/Analysis A process for collecting data and analyzing the function of (ie- the reason why) a challenging behavior is occurring.
Positive Behavior Supports An approach to addressing challenging behaviors that teaches positive behavior skills rather than just using punishment.
Seclusion and Restraint When school personnel tie down, pin down, and confine children to locked rooms or boxes.
School-Wide Positive Behavior Supports A building-wide initiative to support all students in school.

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