November 20, 2012: School-wide Positive Behavior Support professional development session presented by Drew Schwartz and Karen Westhoff at Lindenwood University

School-wide Positive Behavior Support (SW-PBS) is a proactive systems approach to put strategies in place for all children while building in support for those at risk and/or those who receive special education services for behavior problems. Cooperating School Districts offers SW-PBS professional development with consultants Drew Schwartz and Karen Westhoff. The role of the Missouri SW-PBS consultants is to assist schools and districts in understanding, implementing, and sustaining the process. Consultants provide assistance to school personnel in applying reliable and effective school-wide systems, practices, and data-based decisions across the three-tiered continuum of universal, secondary and tertiary levels.

According to pbismissouri.org, there are six steps to take to prepare for successful introduction of SW-PBS in a district:

  1. Secure school and district administrator agreement.
  2. Secure commitment & agreement to implement from at least 80% of staff.
  3. Establish a PBS leadership team at each school.
  4. Conduct an assessment of the current school-wide discipline system.
  5. Create an Action Plan based on current school data, staff input, and school/district mission.
  6. Establish a system to collect office discipline referrals and other identified data on a regularly scheduled basis.

SW-PBS is a process for creating safer and more effective schools by structuring the learning environment to support the academic and social success of all students.

To learn more about how your school can become involved with SW-PBS in the St. Louis region, contact CSD’s program facilitator Brian Lankheit.