A core belief in the SWPBIS model is that "you get more of what you pay attention to." Therefore a school implementing SWPBIS makes an effort everyday to pay more attention to positive behavior. This can be done by providing adult attention in various forms, tangible reinforcers and other ways such as school wide assemblies etc.
Research on the use of rewards within schools (Tobin, Horner, Sugai; 2002)
More positive reinforcement for appropriate school behaviors is needed.
Some students need very clear, salient, formal reward systems.
Formal reward systems enhance a school’s cultural competence.
Formal reward systems help students who have been abused or neglected.
Tips for developing a School-Wide Acknowledgement Plan
Reinforcement is tied to behavioral expectations
Have clear rules for how acknowledgement is provided and for what reasons
Make it clear that students cannot ask for reinforcement
Reinforcement should be provided consistently
Simply providing adult attention when students are engaged in appropriate behavior is sometimes enough