The Iowa Department of Education has recognized seven schools served by AEA 267 for their successful implementation of Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS). PBIS is a set of strategies and systems to increase the capacity of schools to reduce school disruption and educate all students, including those with problem behaviors.
Jefferson Elementary in Mason City, Lincoln Elementary and Washington Elementary in Charles City, were recognized as Emerging PBIS schools. They are all in their 2nd year of PBIS training/first year of implementation. Recognition at the Emerging level means that these schools have completed all of the training and system components (define and teach school-wide expectations, positively acknowledge students who demonstrate school expectations, established a consistent discipline system, and established a data system to use for decision-making about positive behavioral supports) to implement Tier 1 Universal PBIS practices with fidelity.
Union Middle School in Dysart (2nd year of PBIS implementation), Hampton-Dumont Middle School (2nd year of PBIS implementation) and South Tama Middle School (4th year of PBIS implementation) were all recognized at the Honor level. Recognition at the Honor level means that schools have developed and implemented all system components of Tier 1 Universal PBIS practices with fidelity as evidenced by PBIS implementation assessments and data which indicates that 80% or more of their students have one or less office discipline referral per year.
Bunger Middle School in Waterloo is in their 5th year of PBIS implementation and was recognized at the Banner Plus level. Recognition at the Banner Plus level means that schools have implemented all system components of Tier 1 Universal and Tier 2 supplemental supports, and are providing two or more Tier 2 supports systemically to students. Tier 1 and Tier 2 fidelity is measured by PBIS implementation assessments, as well as data which indicates 80% or more students are receiving one or less office discipline referral, and Tier 2 supports being provided to 10-15% of their students who are determined to be in need of supplemental positive behavior supports. In addition, Bunger Middle School in Waterloo and EXPO Alternative School in Waterloo were selected and presented poster sessions at the National PBIS Conference in Chicago in October, 2013.
The following AEA 267 PBIS training team members are also to be commended for their coaching and support of these schools:
- Belinda Blackburn, School Social Worker/Cons for School Improvement
- Dea Ellen Epley-Birtwistle, School Social Worker
- Jackie Fober, School Social Worker
- Dawn Jaeger, School Social Worker Part B/ Inter Consultant
- Roxane Shanks, School Social Worker
Congratulations to these schools and AEA 267’s PBIS training team for their continued hard work and successful efforts in meeting the needs of students!