School-wide positive behavioral intervention and supports or SW-PBIS, is the systematic use of evidence-based strategies to assist schools in decreasing problem behavior, increasing academic performance, increasing safety, and establishing positive school culture. It has also been shown to improve students' concentration and emotional regulation while also reducing aggressive behavior. PBIS helps schools be strategic and thoughtful about student behavior, so all students can succeed.
This report (a) provides an overview of the need for schools in Texas to adopt proactive disciplinary approaches, (b) describes a proactive approach for meeting this need referred to as SW-PBIS, and (c) provides an initial plan for implementing SW-PBIS in Texas schools. This report is the start of what we hope will be the beginning of a larger and ongoing conversation regarding how schools can support the social, emotional, and behavioral wellbeing of children and youth in Texas.