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Schoolwide Positive Behavior Support

School-Wide Positive Behavior Intervention (SWPBIS) is a system of support that includes proactive strategies for defining, teaching, and supporting appropriate student behaviors to create a positive school environment. SWPBIS is implemented in areas including the classroom and non-classroom settings (such as hallways, buses, and bathrooms). This behaviorally-based framework is used to enhance school behavior by improving the link between research based practices and the environments in which teaching and learning occurs. (adapted from


There are four main elements in SWPBIS:

  • Outcomes: academic and behavior targets that are endorsed and emphasized by students, families, and educators. (What is important to each particular learning community?)

  • Practices: interventions and strategies that are evidence based. (How will you reach the goals?)

  • Data: information that is used to identify status, need for change, and effects of interventions. (What data will you use to support your success or barriers?)

  • Systems: supports that are needed to enable the accurate and durable implementation of the practices of PBIS. (What durable systems can be implemented that will sustain this over the long haul?) (adapted from


Chipperfield PBIS Handbook