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Two District 191 schools receive state recognition for positive behavior programs

Two schools in Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 have been selected by the Minnesota Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) State Leadership team to be recognized for excellence in using the PBIS program.

PBIS is a framework or approach that schools use to support positive behavior, improve school climate and increase the success of all students.

Both Nicollet Junior High and Vista View Elementary School have been selected as “2016 Sustaining Exemplar PBIS Schools,” an honor that marks them as statewide leaders and role-models in implementing PBIS.

“What makes our work successful is the dedication of the team of teachers who spend time planning, presenting and developing ideas, and then implementing them,” said Nicollet Junior High Principal Renee Brandner. “We have amazing teachers who are invested in kids and give an extra effort because they know a positive school environment is important.”

“It’s important to keep it fun, to find exciting and engaging ways for students to learn behavior expectations, for classes to celebrate accomplishments, and for staff to recognize each other,” said Jennifer Bordonaro, behavioral interventionist at Vista View Elementary. “By keeping the fun in these elements, issues of concern feel more manageable. Always remember the ‘Positive’ in PBIS.”

All successful applicants will be featured on the PBISMN website and will receive a Certificate of Recognition during the Annual Minnesota PBIS Institute in June at the Minnesota Department of Education.

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Posted: Friday, May 27, 2016 - 09:48