School Wide Positive Behavior Support (SWPBS)
Education is the most powerful tool we have to change the world. Education opens an unlimited amount of doors and opportunities for students. There is an overwhelming amount of data that illustrates the benefits of education such as an increase in motivation and self worth, an increase in pay, and even an increase in life span! However, many students across the country have trouble getting the best education they can do to their inability to follow the rules and expectations required by schools. To combat this problem here, Woodbury Grammar School began implementing School Wide Positive Behavior Support in August of 2006. SWPBS is a general term that refers to the use of positive behavioral interventions and systems to achieve socially important behavior change. SWPBS is recognized nationally as a research based model for developing and maintaining positive student behavior.
In the past, behavior management in schools has relied on waiting for students to misbehave and punishing the actions as soon as they occur. Research has proven that this method of managing student behavior is not successful in altering student behavior long term. Instead, under the SWPBS model, attention is focused on creating and sustaining a school environment that teaches children the expectations and rules of the school and rewarding the students for meeting those expectations. Research shows that by focusing on the positive aspects of their behavior we can make problem behaviors less effective, efficient, and relevant. SWPBS is designed to illustrate the many benefits of meeting the expectations that have been laid out for you. Students who truly see the benefit of behaving appropriately in school can apply that lesson to the rest of their life and begin to see improved results in other areas (personal, health, social, family, work, recreation, etc.).
Woodbury Grammar follows the PBS model of prevention which recommends three levels of intervention. The first, or primary level, is intended to provide incentives and rewards to all students by encouraging them to follow our 3 school rules: Be Respectful, Be Responsible, Be Prepared. Teachers award students "Cub Cash" when they are caught exemplifying one of the rules. Cub Cash can be exchanged at a later time in the Cub Cash store for prizes. We also maintain programs such as the Cub Club, which is a group who hosts a party every 9 weeks for students who have no office referrals, only one absence, and no grade below a C on their report card. Some students do not respond to these interventions, though, and another level of support, secondary, is given to these students in order to help them learn to operate responsibly in the school environment. At the secondary level we have interventions such as "Check In - Check Out." This intervention places a student who is having trouble following school rules with a teacher who works as a role model and mentor to the student. The student checks in and connects with that teacher every morning to discuss the problems they have been having and what can be done that day to make sure those problems do not occur again. At the end of the day the student checks out with the teacher to discuss any problems that might have occurred during the day and celebrate the successes that occurred during the day. Unfortunately, there will again be some students who will not respond to these interventions and will need further support from the school and community in order to learn how to function appropriately in the school. The final level of support is called the tertiary level. At this level a full support team is assembled to examine the student's behavior. The team tries to determine what is causing the student to continue their inappropriate behavior and what else can be done to teach them how to behave appropriately. The team can include the student along with family and friends, school personnel, and other members in the community who may be able to help the student be more successful in school.
On the left side of this page you will find links to other pages which delve a little deeper into SWPBS at Woodbury Grammar School. You can find a behavior matrix which defines and provides examples of problem behaviors. You can also see pictures and get information on more of the SWPBS programs we have going on here at WGS. If you have any questions regarding SWPBS you can call our school, or simply go to the official SWPBS website by clicking here.
Last Modified on June 26, 2012