May 03, 2018

Schools honored for creating safe, positive environments

Front row (left to right): Rose Driscoll (Williamsburg), Julie King (GWAEA), Jack Rainey (GWAEA), Karrissa Brinks (Linn Mar). Back row (left to right): Sara Svejda (GWAEA), Jodi Stahl (Williamsburg), Amanda Purchase (Williamsburg), Kane Thompson (College), Ann Smith (College), Kerri Leu (College), Leanne Bender (Mid-Prairie), Steven Starkey (Linn-Mar)

Front row (left to right): Rose Driscoll (Williamsburg), Julie King (GWAEA), Jack Rainey (GWAEA), Karrissa Brinks (Linn Mar). Back row (left to right): Sara Svejda (GWAEA), Jodi Stahl (Williamsburg), Amanda Purchase (Williamsburg), Kane Thompson (College), Ann Smith (College), Kerri Leu (College), Leanne Bender (Mid-Prairie), Steven Starkey (Linn-Mar)

The Iowa Department of Education has awarded 110 schools statewide for their work on implementing Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS). PBIS is a multi-tiered system of support for behavior and provides the framework for teachers to provide and monitor prevention and intervention practices.

The schools’ work in PBIS focuses on conditions to support learning by providing positive, predictable and safe environments. If done effectively, PBIS has been shown to reduce major disciplinary infractions, reduce out-of-school suspension, improve prosocial behavior, improve academic achievement and improve school climate.

The schools in the Grant Wood AEA service area that are being recognized for the different levels are:

Banner Plus Level
To earn Banner Plus, teams have met fidelity for Tier 2, are providing more than one Tier 2 intervention to meet students’ needs; and through progress monitoring, are able to show that 70% of students are responding positively to Tier 2 supports. Banner Plus schools are beginning to develop Tier 3 systems.

College Community

  • Prairie Ridge Elementary

Center Point-Urbana

  • Middle School
  • Primary

Mid-Prairie

  • West Elementary

Williamsburg

  • Mary Welsh Elementary

Banner Level
Banner schools are sustaining universal systems and practices. Students are accessing interventions such as Check in/Check out and 50% are responding positively to the support. The Tier 2 team engages families and staff; and uses a daily progress report to progress monitor student response to additional supports.

College Community

  • Prairie Hill Elementary
  • Prairie View Elementary

Iowa City

  • Tate Alternative School

Linn-Mar

  • Excelsior Middle School
  • Linn Grove Elementary


Honor Level
Schools that earn the Honor level award have rolled out their PBIS plan to students, staff and families. They have identified and taught behavioral expectations and implemented systems to develop a consistent response to appropriate and problem behaviors. The building team meets regularly and is using data to inform decisions.

College Community

  • Prairie High School


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



Tags: PBIS
Category: The Linker