The premise behind SW-PBIS is to shift from a reactive and aversive approach to managing problem behavior to one that is preventive and positive. SW-PBIS is comprised of a broad range of systems and individual strategies for achieving important social and learning outcomes while preventing problem behaviors with all students.
SW-PBIS is the integration of 4 key elements.
- Operationally defined and valued outcomes
- Behavioral and biomedical science
- Research-validated practices, and
- Systems change to both enhance the broad quality with which all are living/learning and reducing problem behaviors.
In 2008, four schools in the southern region were involved in the SW-PBIS initiative. In 2009, SWWC Service Cooperative in conjunction with South Central Service Cooperative and Southeast Service Cooperative received a grant though the Minnesota Department of Education to expand the number of schools in the southern part on Minnesota using SW-PBIS.
Schools in the South Regional Implementation Project
Cohort 9: 15 schools
Cohort 10: 14 schools
Cohort 11: 17 schools
Cohort 12: 10 schools
Cohort 13: 27 schools
Cohort 14: 8 schools