Maryland schools were recently recognized for achieving success with school-wide Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) systems during the 2019-2020 school year.
Six Talbot County Public Schools received awards as follows: Chapel District Elementary (Gold), Easton Elementary (Gold), Easton High (Gold), St. Michaels Elementary (Gold), St. Michaels Middle High (Gold), White Marsh Elementary (Silver). Tilghman Elementary and Easton Middle have both received recognition in the past but did not submit applications for the 2019-2020 school year.
School-wide PBIS is a system of support that involves proactive strategies for defining, teaching and supporting appropriate student behaviors to create positive learning environments. Through PBIS, a continuum of positive behavior support is implemented in both classroom and non-classroom settings. Teaching behavioral expectations and rewarding students for demonstrating them is a much more positive approach than just reacting to misbehavior with discipline. The purpose of school-wide PBIS is to establish a climate in which appropriate behavior is the norm. (www.pbis.org)
All of the schools and their administrative teams were recognized for this important achievement by the Board of Education during their September meeting. “Our schools are to be commended for their continued commitment to their P.B.I.S. initiatives, especially given the unique challenges and circumstances they faced during the last school year,” said Dr. Kelly Griffith, Superintendent. “This the highest number of Gold awards we have received since we began the program. We believe we will continue to see the impact of PBIS on our school climates during this new school year and beyond.”