Two Charles City schools recognized for work in student behavior

Schools are one of over 500 schools in Iowa that participate in 'PBIS' system

Posted: Apr 23, 2018 9:40 PM
Updated: Apr 23, 2018 9:52 PM

CHARLES CITY, Iowa - Two Charles City elementary schools are being recognized by the Iowa Department of Education for how they address student behavior in the classroom.

Lincoln and Washington Elementary Schools were recognized for their work in PBIS, which stands for Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports.

To get the recognition, they have to excel in three areas including preventing development of behavior issues, and reducing frequency and intensity of behavioral incidents.

Marcia DeVore is the principal at Lincoln Elementary, and is proud of the accomplishments of the school. But it's not just all done by one person.

"We know that we can't do it without a lot of hard work from our teachers and staff, and so that's what I think this award recognizes is that we have taken an approach as an entire staff to support our students and get them to be the most successful students that they can be," DeVore says.

Lisa Nelson is a kindergarten teacher at Washington, and agrees with DeVore.

"Without those people, the counselors and the success coach to really package everything up and submit what we need to be submitted...none of this would've happened," Nelson says.

In addition, she is proud of how her students behave in class.

"They do a pretty good job, mine are really little, so 5 and 6 year olds," Nelson adds.

And rewards them accordingly.

"We kinda ask a lot of them to come in and be really structured and sit and just do well for long periods of the day, so they do really really well for their development and definitely try to reward the behavior as much as we can daily little rewards and incentives, notes home, that always helps," Nelson says.

Marie Conklin is one of two success coaches in the Charles City school district, and says while the system's main goal is to recognize kids when they're doing the right thing, it also provides consistent consequences and makes sure there's a balance.

"Really what we're trying to do is provide predictability for our kids, so that they know which way will get me to go the way I want to go versus a path that's not so great," Conklin says.

According to the Iowa Department of Education, more than 500 schools statewide implement PBIS in over 100 districts, while in Minnesota, over 199 districts participate in the program.

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