The purpose of the MO SW-PBS school recognitions is two-fold. First, reviewing the criteria affords schools and districts the opportunity to accurately self-reflect on their progress implementing and sustaining SW-PBS. Second, it affords the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education an opportunity to recognize those schools that have met the criteria in appreciation of their progress.
The bar is purposefully set high for a school to achieve any one of these criteria. Typically, it is a two to four year process for a school to achieve bronze, a three to six year process to achieve silver, and a five to eight year process to achieve gold. The number of years it takes to achieve each is lengthy because it involves true systems change, sustaining that change each year, and implementing processes to support students and staff across multiple indicators at all three tiers of prevention and intervention. Some of the state’s most successful schools have taken a year to prepare and plan with their staff before implementing directly with students.
There are three levels of recognition that reflect the tier at which the school is implementing. These are:
- Bronze: Recognizing schools that implement with high quality at the universal (Tier 1) level
- Silver: Recognizing schools that implement with high quality at the universal (Tier 1) and secondary (Tier 2) levels
- Gold: Recognizing schools that implement with high quality at the universal (Tier 1), secondary (Tier 2) and tertiary (Tier 3) levels
This year, the procedures for submitting an application for MO SW-PBS State Recognition has changed. Schools will be asked to complete and submit a fillable PDF application form, and to submit this form as an email attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 5:00 PM on April 15, 2015.
Supporting documents will be submitted to your regional consultant. Please check with your regional consultant for information regarding the preferred method for submitting these documents.
2015 MO SW-PBS Recognition Application – for all Recognition Levels Application
Intervention Essential Features – for Silver Level Recognition Application
FBA/BIP Rubric – for Gold Level Recognition Application
2014 Exemplar Schools
2014 marked the first annual Dr. Mary Miller-Richter Award honoring exemplary school districts. The 2014 recipients were Maple Park Middle School in the North Kansas City School District, and the Excelsior Springs School District. These organizations were honored at the opening ceremony of the 9th annual School-Wide Positive Behavior Support Summer Training Institute (STI) – Making Connections at Tan Tar A
In addition, 335 Missouri schools were recognized for effective implementation at the 9th annual School-Wide Positive Behavior Support Summer Training Institute (STI) – Making Connections during regional ceremonies on June 11, 2014. The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education provided all Recognition Schools with a framed certificate. Schools earning recognition for the first time also received a banner. A letter of recognition was sent to Recognition Schools from Margie Vandeven, Deputy Commissioner Division of Learning Services, and Stephen Barr, Ed.D., Assistant Commissioner, Office of Special Education.
MO SW-PBS provides a link to websites of individual exemplar schools if they include information related to their implementation of SW-PBS. The content of the individual websites is at the discretion of the schools creating them.