Four Local Schools Achieve “School of Merit” Recognition for the 2011 – 2012 School Year

The Wisconsin Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) Network recently announced that four Green Bay Area Public School District schools have been selected as a School of Merit for the 2011 – 2012 school year.  MacArthur Elementary, Jackson Elementary, Martin Elementary and Edison Middle School were chosen for their work accomplished through the implementation of PBIS.

The Wisconsin PBIS Network is a Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) funded initiative. PBIS is a proactive approach that establishes safer and more effective schools, and is currently being implemented in approximately 40 percent of Wisconsin schools. For the 2011 – 2012 school year, 114 schools were recognized statewide as a School of Merit.

To be chosen as a School of Merit, each school submitted both an application and a narrative. In the narrative, schools were asked to describe their systems, data, practices and outcomes related to their PBIS implementation. The Wisconsin PBIS Network Regional Technical Assistance Coordinators identified 13 necessary components for participating schools to include in their applications to be considered a School of Merit. Criteria included scoring at least 70 percent on benchmarks of quality, regular staff and team self-assessment of implementation for action planning, leadership from both internal and external coaches, and using data reports for measuring progress. Schools were required to demonstrate at least 11 of these components to receive recognition.

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