Crystal Lake schools honored

August 19, 2017 by  

Nine Crystal Lake schools were recently honored for implementing a program known as ‘Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports’ (PBIS) during the last school year. The schools were all in District 47 of the Crystal Lake Elementary School system.

The PBIS Network has been established so that schools can help students succeed both academically and socially by providing behavioral support to them, and creating positive environments for learning and interaction.

In order to be considered for the honor, schools apply online, and send data showing how they have implemented PBIS guidelines, as well as the results achieved. Over 475 schools took part in the program, and won honors in one of four levels: platinum, gold, silver, and bronze.

In Crystal Lake, two schools won gold-level honors: Indian Prairie and North Elementary. Silver status went to Woods Creek, South, West, and Coventry elementary schools; while Canterbury Elementary, Husmann Elementary, and Hannah Beardsley Middle school won bronze designations.

The PBIS system is designed to create an atmosphere in which students choose to behave, since good behavior is the norm. Young people are taught what is expected of them, and rewarded for appropriate behavior. This has proven more effective than punishing misbehavior by reprimanding students, or suspending or expelling them.

Since this system is far different to the one most people know, school officials might find it useful to create flyers that explain PBIS objectives in detail.