District Planning

Making the decision to implement PBIS in your district is the easy part. Finding funding, gaining political support and creating policies can be a challenge. Fortunately, the Office of Special Education Programs Grant’s Implementation Blueprint and Self-Assessment Guide  can see you through these tasks and any others that may come up.  Below is a summary of elements associated with SWPBS that can be found in more detail on the blueprint page 70-73.

Leadership Team (Coordination)

A leadership team is configured with appropriate stakeholders and completes the self-assessment annually. The leadership team establishes a regular meeting schedule and process along with designating individuals to manage day-to-day operations and put policy and action planning into practice.


Administrators must look for recurring and stable funding sources to maintain the three to five year PBIS implementation process. Costs include training, coordination and coaching. These costs can vary by school. In addition to securing a funding source, the Implementation Blueprint suggests that districts examine their options for blending funding and resources. Since the goals of PBIS are often similar to those of other initiatives, sharing funding to reach a common goal can often save districts money.


Stategies should be established and implemented to ensure stakeholders are informed about activities and accomplishments.

Political Support

The Implementation Blueprint provides five tips for making PBIS a priority in your school:

  1. Demonstrate how PBIS could integrate current initiatives in your school that have similar goals, practices and outcomes.
  2. Make a clear case for the goals, priorities and needs that PBIS would address in your school.
  3. Provide examples of the effectiveness, relevance  and outcomes of PBIS in schools similar to yours.
  4. Share the growing importance and need for adopting a proven structure to support positive behavior.
  5. Demonstrate the link between social behavior, a positive school environment and academic achievement.

District Policy

The first step to putting district policies in place is the development and endorsement of a policy statement. The leadership team will use this as a guide as they move forward. The statement should use positive language, focus on improvement and consider the data-based practices and supporting systems of PBIS.

Training Capacity

The leadership team agrees that training capacity to build and sustain SWPBS practices is a priority.

Coaching Capacity

Internal and External Coaches are identified and are available to provide coaching and facilitation supports monthly.

Evaluation Capacity

The leadership team has developed an evaluation process for assessing the exten and impact of SWPBS. School-based data information systems are in place and supports are in place for system level evaluation.

Behavioral Expertise

At least 2 individuals on the leadership team have behavioral expertise and understand the content of PBIS.

School/District Demonstrations

At least 10 schools have adopted SWPBS and can be used as local demonstrations of process and outcome.

Learn More

Download the Implementation Blueprint and Self-Assessment Guide to learn more tips for bringing PBIS to your school or district!