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Middle School Honored As A Model For Positive Behavior Support Program

The Middle School of Plainville was recently honored as a model Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) school at the statewide "Connecticut Summit on PBIS" held on May 20 at the University of Connecticut. The purpose of the summit was to provide Connecticut school leaders, policy makers and educators with an opportunity to learn about national PBIS implementation efforts and shape an action plan for PBIS implementation in Connecticut.

As part of the middle school's recognition, district representatives in attendance received a banner acknowledging the program and its success. In addition, the school was featured in the summit handouts, highlighting the school's data and success with the behavior program. Congressman Chris Murphy, who spoke at the event, indicated that he is sponsoring a PBIS bill that will help provide federal funding for schools and districts to continue implementing the PBIS model. During the congressman's comments he acknowledged the Middle School of Plainville as a role model for the data that they have kept and evidence of successful implementation.

The Middle School of Plainville has hosted a number of visitors this year who have come to learn about the successful PBIS program currently in place. Linda Forman, Legislative Assistant to Congressman Chris Murphy, and Kristina Jones, consultant from the State Education Resource Center, gathered with district administrators to review the middle school's behavior program. Additional visitors include representatives from LEARN, a regional education service center, as well as staff from New Haven public schools and Sage Park Middle School in Windsor.

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

At the Middle School of Plainville, PBIS 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. The PBIS model has been expanded to all three Plainville elementary schools as well as Plainville High School.

"It is an honor to be recognized for our work with PBIS at the middle school. Our staff and students deserve credit for embracing the PBIS process, which was unfamiliar to many people six years ago. In addition, support from our Parent Teacher Club, Board of Education, and the Elizabeth Norton Trust Fund has helped us continue our work in the area of enhancing school climate at the middle school," said Middle School Dean of Students, Tom Laudadio.

"PBIS has been a wonderful addition to the Plainville Community Schools and has enhanced our school climate across all levels. I am thrilled that the middle school has been chosen as a model site and look forward to our continued success with the PBIS framework," noted Assistant Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Maureen Schiffer.

“I am proud of the terrific work that has been done by the middle school staff. Student achievement has soared with an improvement in the school environment,” said Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Kathleen Binkowski.


-Posted on June 20, 2011 at 02:47 PM

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