36 Minnesota schools recognized for good work in preventing student behavior problems

Thirty-six Minnesota schools were recognized this week by the state Education Department for working to improve student behavior.

The schools were cited for top use of the Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports program to support positive behavior, improve school climate and increase student achievement.

State officials said that since 2005, 523 Minnesota schools, about 27 percent of the state’s schools, have used the PBIS program, which requires 80 percent of a school’s teachers and staff need to agree to implement a more positive approach to discipline. They receive training and learn to track results.

Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius said:

PBIS helps schools set clear expectations for students, teachers and families and new ways to address behavior issues. Each of these schools is leading the way for creating respectful and supportive school climates and the positive impact that work can have on student achievement.

The schools recognized this year are:

  • Woodson Kindergarten Center – Austin Public Schools
  • Washburn Elementary – Bloomington Public Schools
  • Indian Mounds Elementary School – Bloomington Public Schools
  • Edward Neill Elementary School – Burnsville, Eagan, Savage School District
  • Nicollet Junior High School – Burnsville, Eagan, Savage School District
  • Sioux Trail Elementary – Burnsville, Eagan, Savage School District
  • King Elementary School – Deer River Public School District*
  • Lincoln Park Middle School – Duluth Public Schools
  • Chanhassen High School – Eastern Carver County Schools
  • Chaska Middle School West – Eastern Carver County Schools*
  • West Education Center – Intermediate District 287
  • Lindbergh Elementary School – Little Falls Community Schools
  • Marshall Middle School – Marshall Public Schools
  • Morrison County Learning Center – Mid-State Education District
  • Bel Air Elementary School – Mounds View Public Schools*
  • Sunnyside Elementary – Mounds View Public Schools*
  • Turtle Lake Elementary School – Mounds View Public Schools*
  • Valentine Hills Elementary School – Mounds View Public Schools*
  • Pine Island Elementary – Pine Island Public Schools
  • Pine Island Middle School – Pine Island Public Schools
  • North Elementary – Princeton Public Schools*
  • Princeton Middle School – Princeton Public Schools*
  • Twin Oaks Middle School – Prior Lake-Savage Area Schools*
  • Sonnesyn Elementary School – Robbinsdale Area Schools
  • Oak Hill Community School – St. Cloud Area School District*
  • Apollo High School – St. Cloud Area Schools
  • Talahi Community School – St. Cloud Area Schools
  • Westwood Elementary School – St. Cloud Area Schools*
  • Farnsworth Aerospace Lower – St. Paul School Public Schools
  • Four Seasons A+ Elementary School – St. Paul School Public Schools
  • Galtier Community School – St. Paul School Public Schools
  • Jackson Elementary – St. Paul Public Schools
  • Phalen Lake Hmong Studies Magnet – St. Paul Public Schools
  • Saint Paul Music Academy – St. Paul Public Schools
  • Waterville-Elysian-Morristown Junior High – Waterville-Elysian-Morristown Public School District
  • Matoska International Elementary – White Bear Lake Area Schools

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Comments (1)

  1. Submitted by John Appelen on 06/19/2015 - 12:00 am.

    Blessing and Curse


    Our history in Rdale seems to mirror the article above. I have heard that really bad and dangerous behaviors are being overlooked to reduce the suspension and/or expulsion rates for minorities.

    Overall it sounds like a good idea to use a “carrot” when possible, however discontinuing the use of the “stick” when needed is not necessarily a good thing. Especially when it means forcing Teachers to deal with highly disruptive kids in the classroom at the expense of all the other well behaved students in the room.

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