School-wide PBS (Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports) is a process for creating safer and more effective schools. SW-PBS is a systems approach to enhance the capacity of schools to educate all children by developing research-based, school wide, and classroom discipline systems. The process focuses on improving a school’s ability to teach and support positive behavior for all students. Rather than a prescribed program, SW-PBIS provides systems for schools to design, implement, and evaluate effective school-wide, classroom, non-classroom, and student specific discipline plans. SW-PBS includes procedures and processes intended for:
·ALL students, ALL staff and in ALL settings
·Non-classroom settings within the school environment
·Individual classrooms and teachers, and
·Individual student supports for the estimated 3-7% of students who present the most challenging behaviors.
SW-PBIS is not a program or a curriculum (there is no kit). It is a team-based process for systemic problem solving, planning, and evaluation. It is an approach to create an environment where school-based teams of educators are trained:
·Effective behavior management principles and practices; and
·Applications of research-validated instruction and management practices.