State recognizes local schools for excellence in behavioral prevention efforts

The Minnesota Department of Education recently recognized 30 schools, including five local schools, for their successful work using Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports (PBIS), a data-driven program that provides districts and individual schools throughout Minnesota with training and technical support to promote improvement in student behavior, especially for students with challenging social behaviors. The schools receiving recognition as “Sustaining Exemplar Schools” are leaders in supporting positive behavior, improving school climate and increasing student achievement.

To establish a PBIS program, 80 percent of a school’s teachers and staff need to agree to implement a more positive approach to discipline. Participating schools then receive intensive professional development, including instruction in how to monitor and track results. Data from participating schools show clear evidence of the program’s success, specifically in reduced number of behavioral incidents, fewer student suspensions and increased levels of student engagement.

To be identified as a Sustaining Exemplar School, staff needed to submit an application that documented their work with PBIS, including, professional outcomes, a plan for sustaining the program and how they are giving back and sharing their practices with other schools throughout the state. Schools must also have been implementing PBIS for at least three years.

The local schools being recognized are:

• Bel Air Elementary, Mounds View Public School District

• Turtle Lake Elementary School, Mounds View Public School District

• Sunnyside Elementary School, Mounds View Public School District

• Valentine Hills Elementary, Mounds View Public School District

• Roseville Area Middle School, Roseville School District


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