In 2008, four schools in the southern region were involved in the School Wide Positive Behavior Intervention Support (SW-PBIS) initiative.
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 2009 SW/WC Service Cooperative in conjunction with South Central Service Cooperative and South East Service Cooperative applied for a grant though the Minnesota Department of Education to expand the number of school in the southern part on Minnesota using SW-PBIS a systems approach in achieving three primary expectations: Academic Skill Competence, Social Skill Competence and Lifestyle Skills Competence. In May of 2009 the proposal was approved and the Southern Regional SW-PBIS Implementation Project was initiated. Since that time 92 new school s in the southern region are in various stages training and implementation of SW-PBIS. In 2014-2015,15 new schools (cohort 9) will begin implementing SW-PBIS under the grant.