Dr. Mary Richter Award


In honor of Missouri SW-PBS founding Director, one school and one district will be honored annually who exemplifies the ideals, principles, and practices of positive behavior support. An award committee comprised of PBS associates from the University of Missouri Center for SW-PBS, regional PBS consultants, and employees of the Effective Practices division of DESE will review nominations and present the award at the Summer Training Institute. Regional consultants, district leadership personnel, and school PBS teams are encouraged to nominate deserving schools. The award recipient will demonstrate a firm commitment and dedication to improving the lives of students, the educators who teach them, and the community in which the school resides through innovation, creativity, and/or a firm commitment in staying the course despite barriers. All active participating schools regardless of level of implementation are eligible for the Award.

To Nominate a School or District

To nominate a school or district for the Dr. Mary Miller-Richter  Award, the appropriate application form must be completed, and all supporting documents must be submitted.

Application forms:

School Application

District Application

Supporting Documents include the following:

  • A nomination letter explaining why the school meets the spirit and intent of the award including supporting examples (e.g., student outcome data, other notes of distinction, implementation innovations).
  • Two to four additional letters of support from a cross-representation of stakeholders (e.g., community members, district leadership, parents, students).
  • Two to six images (sent as individual image files) that illustrate the spirit of the SW-PBS implementation in the nominated school or district.

The nomination letter, and supporting letters (maximum of five documents) should be assembled into one packet, scanned, and sent electronically, along with up to six attached image files to LewisTJ@missouri.edu by April 15, 2017. Questions or other inquiries should be directed to SW-PBS consultants.

2015 Recipients

Kirksville R-III School District


Original School Improvement Grant (SIG) district with over 10 years of sustained work, “PBS Universal support is so ingrained that parents & educators use the PBS Language and share a common vision of the work” They have an active district leadership team, they are a model of inter-agency collaboration providing community wrap around supports focused on Tier 2 & 3 supports.


Bryan Hill Elementary

Bryan Hill  

The “Bryan Hill Way” extends beyond the school into the neighborhood community reports a community support agency in the community. A student letter indicated that the “The Matrix is a tool we can carry into adulthood.” A parent said, “When I am at work I know all students including my children are given the academic and emotional supports needed to grow and learn and all students are held to high standards.”