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Schools Earn PBIS Honors

Linn-Mar is proud to announce that three of the district’s learning centers have been named Iowa PBIS Recognition Schools.

The annual designation by the Iowa Department of Education, recognizes schools for their work implementing Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS). PBIS is a multi-tiered system of support for behavior and provides the framework for teachers to implement and monitor prevention and intervention practices.

PBIS has been shown to reduce major disciplinary infractions, reduce out-of-school suspension, improve prosocial behavior, improve academic achievement and improve school climate.

The schools are recognized at various levels as they implement PBIS practices.

Novak Elementary earned an Honor Level designation. It indicates that the Novak team has introduced the PBIS plan to students, staff and families. They have identified and taught behavioral expectations and implemented systems to develop a consistent response to appropriate and problem behaviors. The building team meets regularly and is using data to inform decisions.

Excelsior Middle School was recognized at the Banner Level.  Banner schools are sustaining universal PBIS systems and practices. Students are accessing interventions and over 50 percent are responding positively to the support. The Excelsior team engages families and staff; and uses a daily progress report to progress monitor student response to additional supports.

Linn Grove Elementary is one of just 25 schools in the state to obtain a Banner Plus designation. Banner Plus teams are providing additional interventions to meet students’ needs. By engaging families and staff, Linn Grove and all Banner Plus schools are able to show that 70 percent of students are responding positively to PBIS supports.

Congratulations to all the students, teachers, and staff who are working together to make PBIS a success at Linn-Mar!