MDE Recognizes 36 Schools for Excellence in Behavioral Prevention Efforts

state_mnFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 17, 2015
State Recognizes 36 Schools for Excellence in Behavioral Prevention Efforts

ROSEVILLE – Today the Minnesota Department of Education recognized 36 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. “I want to congratulate these 36 schools for finding innovative ways to proactively address behavior,” said Commissioner Brenda Cassellius. “PBIS helps schools set clear expectations for students, teachers and families and new ways to address behavior issues. Each of these schools is leading the way for creating respectful and supportive school climates and the positive impact that work can have on student achievement.”

The 36 schools being recognized are:
• Woodson Kindergarten Center – Austin Public Schools
• Washburn Elementary – Bloomington Public Schools
• Indian Mounds Elementary School – Bloomington Public Schools
• Edward Neill Elementary School – Burnsville, Eagan, Savage School District
• Nicollet Junior High School – Burnsville, Eagan, Savage School District
• Sioux Trail Elementary – Burnsville, Eagan, Savage School District
• King Elementary School – Deer River Public School District*
• Lincoln Park Middle School – Duluth Public Schools
• Chanhassen High School – Eastern Carver County Schools
• Chaska Middle School West – Eastern Carver County Schools*
• West Education Center – Intermediate District 287
Lindbergh Elementary School – Little Falls Community Schools
• Marshall Middle School – Marshall Public Schools
Morrison County Learning Center – Mid-State Education District
• Bel Air Elementary School – Mounds View Public Schools*
• Sunnyside Elementary – Mounds View Public Schools*
• Turtle Lake Elementary School – Mounds View Public Schools*
• Valentine Hills Elementary School – Mounds View Public Schools*
• Pine Island Elementary – Pine Island Public Schools
• Pine Island Middle School – Pine Island Public Schools
North Elementary – Princeton Public Schools*
Princeton Middle School – Princeton Public Schools*
• Twin Oaks Middle School – Prior Lake-Savage Area Schools*
• Sonnesyn Elementary School – Robbinsdale Area Schools
Oak Hill Community School – St. Cloud Area School District*
Apollo High School – St. Cloud Area Schools
Talahi Community School – St. Cloud Area Schools
Westwood Elementary School – St. Cloud Area Schools*
• Farnsworth Aerospace Lower – St. Paul School Public Schools
• Four Seasons A+ Elementary School – St. Paul School Public Schools
• Galtier Community School – St. Paul School Public Schools
• Jackson Elementary – St. Paul Public Schools
• Phalen Lake Hmong Studies Magnet – St. Paul Public Schools
• Saint Paul Music Academy – St. Paul Public Schools
• Waterville-Elysian-Morristown Junior High – Waterville-Elysian-Morristown Public School District
• Matoska International Elementary – White Bear Lake Area Schools

* Denotes school that has achieved Exemplar Recognition for at least two consecutive years.

Since its launch in 2005, PBIS has spread across the state and is currently being implemented by 523 Minnesota schools, or 27 percent of the state’s nearly 2,000 schools. 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.Plans are underway to develop recognition for school districts in 2016.