SEL & SWPBIS Integration

The SEL & SWPBIS Integration Module focuses on integrating the Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) approach and the School-wide Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (SWPBIS) approach. This module reviews the SEL and SWPBIS approaches, provides a rationale for integrating and aligning the two approaches, and provides practical strategies to support integration in schools. The purpose of this module is to help school professionals deepen their understanding of these approaches, how they are complementary to one another, and how they can be integrated effectively to enhance student learning and development.

Lead Author: Sara Whitcomb, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Research Narrative Reviewed by: Dr. George Bear, University of Delaware & Delaware Positive Behavior Support Project

PowerPoint Developed and Reviewed by: Dr. Sara Whitcomb (University of Massachusetts Amherst), Angela Harris, M.A., Sarah Hearn, M.Ed., and Laura Davidson, M.A., (University of Delaware & Delaware Positive Behavior Support Project)

Audio Recorded by: Angela Harris, M.A., University of Delaware & Delaware Positive Behavior Support Project

Funding and Support from: The Delaware Department of Education through the Delaware Positive Behavior Support Project and the School Climate and Student Success Grant

In order to receive clock-hour credit for reviewing this information, sign up for the course through PDMS. Search for “PBS SEL & SWPBIS Integration Module” or course number 29050. 


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SEL and SWPBIS Integration Module Presentation 

Slide Narratives for SEL & SWPBIS Integration Module Presentation

Handout Version: SEL & SWPBIS Integration Module Presentation – This is a PDF version that can be printed out for note taking while viewing the presentation.

SEL & SWPBIS Integration Module – Research Narrative – This narrative contains the information that is presented in the presentation, but in greater detail and with a greater emphasis on the research behind SEL & SWPBIS integration. Numerous references to relevant research studies as well as resources are included.

Additional Resources:

Included below are resources that are referenced throughout the SEL & SWPBIS Integration Module presentation. There are sample forms, activities, useful tools, etc. Click on the links below to open the resources.

Envisioning Your School Climate Activity

Example Request for Assistance Form

Key Feature Evaluation Process – 2015-16

Ongoing Technical Assistance Plan

Primary Considerations and Recommendations for Integrating PBIS & SEL

Sample Social and Emotional Screening Measures

School-wide Evaluation Tool (SET) from PBIS Website

School Climate Survey Interpretation Worksheet 2016 – HOME

School Climate Survey Interpretation Worksheet 2016 – STAFF

School Climate Survey Interpretation Worksheet 2016 – STUDENT

SWPBIS & SEL Integration Plan


SWPBIS Tiered Fidelity Inventory (TFI) from PBIS Website