This course provides information necessary for the development of schoolwide expectations and specific behaviors/rules that make up the building matrix. This social behavioral curriculum defines the social skills that we expect all students and staff to display. Schoolwide expectations reflect the language and culture of each school. They will become the language all staff use when they teach, remind, recognize, and correct students. They will be the cornerstone for all you will do to implement SW-PBS. In addition, the creation of clearly defined schoolwide procedures will be covered. Clearly defined procedures allow staff to teach and supervise consistently and predictably.


By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Select three to five schoolwide expectations that define success for all students and are applicable in all settings (e.g., respectful, cooperative, safe, kind).
  • Create a matrix of specific behaviors/rules to further clarify each schoolwide expectation for every setting.
  • Determine procedures for each of the school’s non-classroom settings (e.g., arrival/departure, hallways, cafeteria, recess, restrooms, assemblies, etc.).


This course is designed for Tier 1 SW-PBS Leadership Teams that have secured administrator and staff support for implementation of Schoolwide Positive Behavior Support (SW-PBS). For additional information on that topic, please see the Leadership Course.

Reflective Questions

Consider how a curriculum – perhaps math or reading – unifies staff and focuses their work, ensuring that all are striving for the same student outcomes.

  • What are the benefits of having a standardized social behavioral curriculum?
  • How can having consistent expectations and behaviors/rules across your building provide a positive support for students and teachers?