Common Philosophy and Purpose

Effective schools commit their philosophy of discipline to writing through their beliefs, mission, and vision. This philosophy creates a sense of direction that gives coherence to diverse activities. It also serves to clarify to others outside of staff how the school operates regarding discipline and protects and helps sustain the work. Time spent examining what staff truly believes about student discipline and creating a shared philosophy is a wise investment in lasting change1.

Learner Objectives:

  • Explore beliefs about discipline and establish your building’s “why”.
  • Review and/or create a mission statement to verify that it addresses the development of student social competence.
  • Review and/or create a vision statement to verify that it addresses the development of student social competence. gain and document staff commitment to SW-PBS.

Essential Functions:

  • The building leadership team has established a list of common beliefs about students and behavior.
  • The building’s mission and vision statements address the development of student social competence.
  • The building leadership team has gained and documented staff commitment to SW-PBS.

Participant and Presenter Materials

Recommended Prerequisites

Participant Materials

Participant Handouts


Pre/Post Assessment: Pre and post assessments are a component of high-quality professional development. It is recommended that all consultants and other trainers/facilitators use them as they tailor their professional development for their audience. The pre/post assessment and the answer key are posted below for downloading and administering.

 Pre/Post Assessment

Presenter Materials

Presenter PowerPoints with Notes: A PowerPoint file with detailed presenter notes is available for the module.

 Facilitator Materials

Implementation Supports

Practice Profile

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Additional Resources

TEDxPuget Sound (September 2009) Simon Sinek: How Great Leaders Inspire Action. Retrieved on 6/2/2020 from

    1. Good, T. J., & Brophy, J. (2000). Looking into classrooms (8th Ed.) New York, NY: Longman Press.