Four Sheboygan Area School District (SASD) elementary schools have been honored by the Wisconsin PBIS Network for accomplishing tremendous work through the implementation of Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS). Grant Elementary School received the highest recognition as a School of Distinction. This is the second year in a row that Grant Elementary School has been recognized by the Wisconsin PBIS Network. Last year, Grant was recognized as a School of Merit.
Jefferson, Longfellow, and Sheridan Elementary Schools have also been selected as Schools of Merit. This is the second consecutive year that Longfellow and Sheridan Elementary Schools have received this honor.
Seth Harvatine, Director of Instructional Services in the Sheboygan Area School District said, “All of our schools should be commended for their level of commitment in teaching and supporting positive student behaviors. We are especially proud that four schools have been recognized at the state level for their excellence.”
Of the nearly 900 schools in Wisconsin trained in PBIS, only 114 were named Schools of Merit and only 23 as Schools of Distinction.
Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) is a school-wide systematic approach for teaching and supporting appropriate school behavior. PBIS acknowledges students who display appropriate behaviors and offers increasing levels of support for students who are having difficulty. Staff members teach and re-teach the expectations, as they would with an academic subject area, rather than to assume that students should know what is expected of them.
Teaching, modeling, and reinforcing positive social behavior is an important step of a student’s educational experience. Teaching behavioral expectations and rewarding students for following them is a much more positive approach than waiting for misbehavior to occur before responding. The purpose of a school-wide PBIS is to establish a climate in which appropriate behavior is the norm. Overall, this will improve the learning environment for our students. Research shows that when behavior issues are decreased, academic performance increases.
The Sheboygan Area School District is in the fourth year of training and implementation PBIS in our schools. Jefferson, Longfellow, Grant and Sheridan Elementary Schools were the first four schools in the SASD to be trained in the program. These schools have done an excellent job implementing the PBIS process. As outlined in Goal 2 in the SASD Long Range Plan, PBIS will be implemented in all schools by the 2014-15 school year.
Schools will receive their awards at the Wisconsin PBIS Leadership Conference in August.
For more information on PBIS in the Sheboygan Area School District, visit our website at www.sheboygan.k12.wi.us/pbis