State recognizes student behavior work at WAPS elementary schools

State recognizes student behavior work at WAPS elementary schools
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For the second year in a row, the Minnesota Department of Education has recognized Goodview Elementary, Jefferson Elementary and Washington-Kosciusko Elementary for efforts toward improving school climate, involving the community and increasing student achievement. 

The three elementary schools in Winona Area Public Schools were among the 87 recognized statewide for engaging in sustained implementation of Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS), an evidence-based framework for positive and prosocial behaviors. 

PBIS was first implemented at the elementary level in WAPS in the 2019-2020 school year and has grown in popularity among students, staff and teachers. PBIS is an approach for helping schools select and organize evidence-based behavioral interventions that enhance outcomes for all students. The underlying theme is to teach behavioral expectations in the same way schools teach academic subjects.

Winona Middle School started to implement PBIS in the 2022-23 school year. 

To be recognized by the state, schools and districts must meet several requirements and sustain these efforts over time to be honored and recognized. Staff buy-in, leadership team meetings, community and family involvement, large systems changes and multiple data sources are used to create this impact.  

There are only nine other schools in the Southern Minnesota Region to receive this recognition. 

Goodview, Jefferson and W-K were honored by MDE Commissioner Willie Jett during the PBIS Summer Institute and Recognition Ceremony on June 14-15.