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Middle School Receives Grant To Support Positive Behavior Program

The Middle School of Plainville has received a $750 grant from the Elizabeth Norton Trust Fund to support its Positive Behavior Support (PBS) program currently in place, according to Dean of Students, Tom Laudadio.

The Positive Behavior Support (PBS) program, which has been in place at the Middle School of Plainville since 2006, teaches students in grades six, seven and eight school-wide behavior expectations. Positive Behavioral Support is a research based system of support used in schools in approximately 40 states. PBS began in the 1980s as a support for special education students by professors at the University of Oregon. A decade later, PBS was expanded to all students school-wide. New Hampshire, New York, Maryland, Florida and Illinois have incorporated PBS at the state level implementing the process district-wide. Many schools in Connecticut use PBS and are members of the UCONN / SERC collaborative.

At the Middle School of Plainville, PBS is a school-wide process of support that includes proactive strategies for defining, teaching, and supporting appropriate student behaviors to create a positive school climate. Specifically, students are taught school-wide behavior expectations, data is tracked to monitor student progress, and a reward system to honor and encourage students working toward the goal of a safe, secure and positive learning environment is utilized.

"We are grateful for the grant made to the middle school by the Board of Trustees of the Elizabeth Norton Trust Fund. Their generosity and support will help us continue our work with our students," said Laudadio.

"This grant will help support this highly successful program that has made a tremendous positive impact on the educational experience of everyone at the Middle School," said Middle School of Plainville Principal, Matthew Guarino.

-Posted on February 14, 2011 at 10:01 AM

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