This week, the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) recognized 12 WCPS schools for their effective implementation of Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS). The recognition took place in Greensboro at the 2016 PBIS Recognition Program.
“PBIS is designed to create a positive school environment through school-wide practices that promote appropriate student behaviors,” states Michelle Hamm, WCPS Exceptional Children Director. “While all students can benefit from PBIS, we have found that those students with behavioral challenges are better able to achieve academic and social success when schools implement PBIS with a high level of fidelity.”
Essentially, PBIS utilizes three tiers of intervention practices and organizational behavioral support systems to help transform how students interact with each other and in a teaching and learning environment. As part of the application process for these designations, NCDPI evaluated multiple reports from each school to assess behavior and academic data.
Dillard Middle, Grantham Elementary, Meadow Lane Elementary, Mount Olive Middle, and Northeast Elementary received a PBIS Green Ribbon School designation because the faculty and staff at the schools demonstrated high levels of implementation, showing improved behaviors and student performance.
Brogden Primary, Carver Elementary, Edgewood Community Developmental School, North Drive Elementary, School Street Elementary and Tommy's Road Elementary received a PBIS Model School designation. This designation is given to schools which completed all of the requirements for Green Ribbon Schools, as well as completed the second stage of PBIS training. Model Schools also demonstrated higher levels of implementation, improved behaviors and student performance.
Grantham Middle received a PBIS Exemplar School designation. This designation is given to schools which completed all of the requirements Green Ribbon Schools and Model Schools, as well as completed the third stage of PBIS training. Exemplar Schools also demonstrated high levels of implementation, improved behaviors and student performance.
WCPS has been a part of the state-wide PBIS initiative since 2006. Layers of support are provided to schools by the district and the state in the form of consultation and training.