The number of students with diverse academic and behavioural needs included in general education classrooms has been increasing significantly over time. Students who lack behind academically are often likely to exhibit socio-emotional and behavioral issues. Preventing school failure and promoting a socially inclusive schoolwide framework was the focus of this European-funded ERASMUS+ KA2 project. Specifically, the TaSDi-PBS project purports in examining the feasibility of the Schoolwide Positive Behavior Support (SWPBS) across five European countries (Croatia, Cyprus, Greece, Spain, The Netherlands). The SWPBS originated in the United States of America as a preventative three-tiered approach to school violence and discipline more than three decades ago (Sugai & Horner, 1999). Since then, it has been implemented in more than 23,000 American schools and in more than 20 countries across the world. In the TaSDi-PBS project, partners aim to implement elements of SWPBS in a culturally responsive manner across elementary schools with specific emphasis on:
- Training school-based teams to deliver key elements of SWPBS to school staff and students.
- Producing teacher training manuals to teach students schoolwide social expectations and manage problem behaviors.
- Developing a web-based platform to disseminate project activities for effective communication, use and sustainability among consortium partners and others.
Key activities of the project will include systematic professional development, direct behavior instruction based on classroom-based assessments, and continuous progress monitoring of student outcomes and implementation procedures.