Jul 06, 2016

Fifty-three schools were honored by the Iowa Department of Education on Tuesday, April 26, 2016 for their work implementing a process that promotes good behavior at school which, in turn, creates a more vibrant learning environment.

Among the schools honored were the following schools in the Grant Wood AEA service area:

All Saints Elementary; Coolidge Elementary, Harding Middle School, Taft Middle School, Cedar Rapids School District; and Tate High School, Iowa City School District; Prairie View and Prairie Ridge, College Community School District; Center Point-Urbana Intermediate and Primary, Center Point-Urbana School District; and Midland Middle/High School, Midland School District

Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports, or PBIS, involves a series of processes that promote a school-wide culture of positive behavior. This is done through educating teachers on how to teach expected behaviors to their students. PBIS also consistently acknowledges good behavior as well as applies consequences for violations.

Data are used to assess problem areas and behaviors within each school, and strategies are developed to counter them.

Schools were honored by the Department for outstanding implementation of the systems and practices of PBIS. The director of the Iowa Department of Education, Dr. Ryan Wise, highlighted the positive difference that PBIS makes for students in the schools that implement with fidelity.

Currently, more than 500 schools in Iowa are implementing PBIS with fidelity according to the data collected by the Iowa Department of Education.

For information about Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS), contact Grant Wood Area Education Agency at 319-399-6700.