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  • Writer's pictureMichelle Vinokurov

School-Wide Positive Behavior Support (SWPBS)

Updated: Mar 4, 2022

Not only is response-to-intervention used in schools, but so is school-wide positive behavior support (SWPBS). So, what is school-wide positive behavior support (SWPBS)?

School-Wide Positive Behavior Support (SWPBS) is a proactive strategy used in schools to promote and increase appropriate expectations of behaviors for all students while establishing a safe learning environment. Students who are at risk for behavior problems can be identified for placement in the three tiers of the school-wide positive behavior support (SWPBS) program: universal, targeted, and intensive.

1. Tier 1 is universal. All students learn behavior expectations from the general education teacher.

2. Tier 2 is targeted. Some students need more support with behavior expectations through instruction and intervention. A behavior education program can be implemented in this tier.

3. Tier 3 is intensive. Students receive intensive intervention and instruction due to ongoing behavior concerns. A functional behavior assessment (FBA) can be implemented in this tier.

Students with IEPs and 504 plans can be placed in any of these tiers, just like for response-to-intervention (RTI) program.

Is school-wide positive behavior support (SWPBS) being used in your school as an educator or in your child's school as a parent? Do you think this helps students improve on expectations of their behaviors? Share your thoughts in the comments section!

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