The purpose of this award is to identify and recognize schools for successful implementation of Schoolwide Systems of Positive Behavior Support. Criteria are based on effective implementation of key features outlined by the OSEP Center on Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support.
Increasingly, schools are under pressure to improve the academic and social behaviors of the students under their charge. A number of recent initiatives such as No Child Left Behind (NCLB), Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEIA, 2004), as well as initiatives in the areas of violence prevention and school safety and character education are evidence of the trend to hold schools more accountable.
Research has shown that the best way to prevent problem behaviors and improve the academic trajectories of students is to start with inexpensive school-wide interventions and then add on more intensive interventions for the students deemed most at-risk.
As a result, School-Wide Positive Behavioral Intervention & Supports (SW-PBIS) is being implemented in over 4,300 schools throughout the United States. In St. Louis County, over 90 schools in 21 county districts are participating in School-Wide PBIS. PBIS is a system to establish and maintain effective school environments that maximize the academic and behavior competence of all learners. Rigorous implementation of SW-PBIS benefits all students within a school by making explicit school-wide expectations, rules, routines, and procedures in all areas of the school (hallways, cafeterias, playgrounds, restrooms, classrooms, etc.). This is done through active teaching and acknowledging of appropriate social skills, consistent consequences for problem Behavioral, and on-going collection and use of data for decision-making. This, in turn, improves the social and learning outcomes of all students through the development of a positive, predictable and safe school environment in which all students can learn. Approximately 80 to 90 percent of all students will respond successfully to a well-implemented universal program (Sugai et al., 2002). Schools implementing PBIS across St. Louis County have demonstrated a reduction of Office Discipline Referrals (ODRs) ranging from 20-60% and many have maintained and sustained efforts over time.
Once the school environment is orderly, the students with more problematic behaviors pop up like corks in water, self- selecting themselves as needing more intensive interventions. Schools then develop targeted group and individual levels of support so these children, too, can engage in their schooling successfully or to experience better long term adjustment to the demands of schooling (Walker, et al, 1998).
We recognize 16 schools in the St. Louis County area who have been implementing School-Wide Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports in their schools. In order to receive this award, all of the following schools have scored at least an 80 on the School-wide Evaluation Tool (SET) indicating that 80% or more of the seven critical features of PBIS are in place. In addition, they have been able to demonstrate the positive impact PBIS has had on their school, students, and staff. PBIS is a positive and visible presence in their schools, and they have indicated a willingness to serve as an exemplar site for other schools who wish to see the process of PBIS working. 12 additional schools will receive training from SSD at the PBIS Summer Symposium.
Armstrong Elementary School - Hazelwood School District
Ballwin Elementary School - Rockwood School District
Bayless Intermediate School - Bayless School District
Buder Elementary School - Ritenour School District
Central Elementary School - Ferguson-Florissant School District
Halls Ferry Elementary School - Ferguson Florissant School District
Iveland Elementary School - Ritenour School District
Jackson Park Elementary School - University City School District
Kirkwood Early Childhood Center - Kirkwood School District
Lee Hamilton Elementary School - Ferguson-Florissant School District
Meramec Elementary School - Clayton School District
Ritenour Middle School - Ritenour School District
Shenandoah Valley Elementary School - Parkway School District
Tillman Elementary School - Kirkwood School District
Wedgwood Elementary School - Ferguson-Florissant School District
Westchester Elementary School - Kirkwood School District