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 three year process for a school to achieve bronze, an additional two to three year process to achieve silver, and an additional two to three year 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 targeted (Tier 2) levels
- Gold: Recognizing schools that implement with high quality at the universal (Tier 1), targeted (Tier 2) and intensive (Tier 3) levels
Procedures for applying for 2015-2016 are forthcoming.
The 2015 Dr. Mary Miller-Richter School and District of disction were Saeger Middle School in the Francis Howell School District, and the Raytown School District. These organizations were honored at the opening ceremony of the 9th annual School-Wide Positive Behavior Support Summer Training Institute (STI) – Sustaining Effective Practices for Student Outcomes at Tan Tar A.
In addition, 281 Missouri schools were identified for their exemplary implementation of Schoolwide Positive Behavior Supports. These schools were recognized at the 10th annual School-Wide Positive Behavior Support Summer Training Institute (STI) – Sustaining Effective Practices for Student Outcomes during regional ceremonies on June 10, 2015. 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, Commissioner of the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.
To view the recognition schools by region, click on regional link, below. For contact information of exemplary organizations, please contact the consultant(s) for the region in which the school is located.