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Emma Elementary School, Enka Middle School and Clyde A. Erwin Middle School were recognized recently by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction for implementation of Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS) at a high level of fidelity.
Keeping students engaged and maintaining a healthy, productive school environment is more important than ever. PBIS is an approach comprised of intervention practices and organizational systems for establishing the social culture, learning and teaching environment, and individual behavior supports needed to achieve academic and social success for all students (www.pbis.org). Schools that implement Positive Behavior Intervention and Support fully can expect to become more efficient and consistent with behavior management, use preventative measures to decrease unwanted behavior, experience a shift in attention to appropriate behaviors, and witness a positive climate and philosophy change.
These three Buncombe County schools were among 390 schools in North Carolina that earned one of three levels of recognition. In order to receive any level of recognition from the state Department of Public Instruction, these schools completed an application process that included multiple reports based on behavior and academic data. The Buncombe County schools that received recognition by North Carolina’s Department of Public Instruction did so because the faculty and staff at these schools demonstrated high levels of implementation based on PBIS evaluations.
Clyde A. Erwin Middle School and Enka Middle School have been a part of this state-wide initiative since 2010. Emma Elementary School has been part of the initiative since 2011. They all three continue to improve their level of PBIS implementation by evaluating the systems and practices in place as well as adding to those systems each year. To assure that all of the PBIS schools in Buncombe County maintain fidelity of implementation, layers of support are provided by the district and the state in the form of consultation and training.
More information about the NC PBIS Initiative and its state recognition program is available at: http://www.ncpublicschools.org/positivebehavior/.