DES MOINES – Fifty-three schools were honored by the Iowa Department of Education Tuesday for their work implementing a process that promotes good behavior at school which, in turn, creates a more vibrant learning environment.
Great Prairie AEA was well represented and twelve were among the schools honored:
- Central Lee Elementary
- Corse Elementary (Burlington)
- Sunnyside Elementary (Burlington)
- West Burlington Jr/Sr High
- Hawthorne Elementary (Keokuk)
- Keokuk High School
- Libertyville (Fairfield)
- Oskaloosa Middle School
- Wapello Elementary
- Washington Elementary (Fairfield)
- Banner Level: Grimes Elementary (Burlington)
- Paramount: Sigourney Elementary
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.
“I am so proud of our schools and their commitment to excellence!” exclaims Shelli Blazic, GPAEA’s PBIS Coordinator. “Shout-out to Administrators, Internal Coaches, and AEA External Coaches who propel our schools to ever improve PBIS/MTSS Implementation. I appreciate all you do!”
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.