Twelve schools in the Sheboygan Area School District (SASD) have been honored by the Wisconsin Response to Intervention (RtI) Center for their work accomplished through the implementation of Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS). Cooper, Grant, James Madison, Jefferson, Lincoln-Erdman, Longfellow, and Pigeon River Elementary Schools received the highest recognition as a School of Distinction. Only 162 schools statewide were honored with this recognition.
Cleveland, Jackson, and Sheridan Elementary Schools, Urban Middle School and South High School were among 222 schools statewide selected as School of Merit. This is the third consecutive year South High School has been recognized.
Seth Harvatine, Assistant Superintendent of Student & Instructional Services in the Sheboygan Area School District said, “The district is committed to implementing and sustaining PBIS practices in our schools. It is an honor for our schools to be recognized at the state level for their excellence in implementing the components of PBIS in order to provide students with the behavior supports needed to achieve social, emotional, and academic success. The success of PBIS requires the involvement of every staff member and these recognitions reflect the on-going positive efforts of our dedicated staff.”
Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) is a school-wide proactive framework that enables schools to be more effective and responsive to student social-emotional needs by implementing a multi-level system of support for 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.
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. This approach improves the learning environment for our students. Research shows that when behavior issues are decreased, academic performance increases.
Schools will receive their awards at the annual PBIS Leadership Conference in August.
For more information on PBIS in the Sheboygan Area School District, visit our website at http://www.sheboygan.k12.wi.us/academics/pbis.cfm