May 03, 2019
Schools honored for creating safe, positive environments
The Iowa Department of Education has awarded schools statewide for their work 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 recognized for the different levels include:
Paramount recognition includes those school-based teams who have completed Tier 3 training, are sustaining Tiers 1 and 2, and are building a continuum of support. Schools awarded have a team that builds and implements Tier 3 behavior support plans for those students needing intensive supports.
- Center Point-Urbana Primary
- Mid-Prairie West Elementary
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 percent of students are responding positively to Tier 2 supports. Banner Plus schools are beginning to develop Tier 3 systems.
- Center Point-Urbana Intermediate,
- Center Point-Urbana Middle,
Center Point-Urbana Schools
- Lisbon Elementary
Ashley Resor, Jannette Smock Jane Feldman
Banner schools are sustaining universal systems and practices. Students are accessing interventions such as Check in/Check out and 50 percent 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.
- Monticello High School
Carmen Stenger and Rebecca Dewitte
Monticello High School
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.
For information about Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS), contact Grant Wood Area Education Agency, 319-399-6700.