The Iowa Department of Education has awarded 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 pro-social behavior, improve academic achievement and improve school climate.
Lincoln Center and Grant Center in the Albia Community School District were among the schools honored.
Listed below are the 27 schools within GPAEA who have been awarded and honored.
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.
Cardinal Elementary, Cardinal Elementary
Hawthorne Elementary, Keokuk CSD
Oskaloosa Middle School, Oskaloosa CSD
Horace Mann Elementary, Ottumwa CSD
Evans Middle School, Ottumwa CSD
Wapello Elementary, Wapello CSD
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.
Grant Center Elementary, Albia CSD
Columbus Elementary, Chariton CSD
Keokuk Middle School, Keokuk CSD
Harlan Elementary, Mount Pleasant CSD
Wilson Elementary, Ottumwa CSD
Eisenhower Elementary, Ottumwa CSD
Honor Plus is awarded to schools that are implementing universal features with fidelity. Additionally, classroom systems and family/community involvement are included in their plan. These schools are developing Tier 2 systems and have defined a decision rule to identify students who may benefit from additional supports.
Lincoln Center Elementary, Albia CSD
Central Lee Middle School, Central Lee CSD
Central Lee High School, Central Lee CSD
Washington Elementary, Fairfield CSD
George Washington Elementary, Keokuk CSD
Van Allen Elementary, Mount Pleasant CSD
Mount Pleasant Middle School, Mount Pleasant CSD
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.
Central Ward Elementary, Centerville CSD
Central Lee Elementary, Central Lee CSD
Mount Pleasant High School, Mount Pleasant CSD
Lincoln Elementary, Mount Pleasant CSD
James Elementary, Ottumwa CSD
Van Buren Middle School, Van Buren CSD
These schools completed training during the 2017-18 school year and developed all of the products needed to begin implementation. They were ready to roll out their PBIS plan in the fall of 2018. The following schools met criteria for the Emerging level:
Harmony Elementary, Harmony CSD
Winfield Mount Union Elementary, Winfield Mount Union CSD