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Eight schools in District 191 receive exemplar status for 2018-19

Eight schools in Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 have been recognized for achieving Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) Sustaining Exemplar status through the Minnesota Department of Education.

Gideon Pond, Harriet Bishop, Hidden Valley, Marion W. Savage, Neill, Sioux Trail, and Sky Oaks elementary schools and Eagle Ridge Middle School have been identified as exemplar schools that have completed PBIS implementation and are continuing to achieve positive student outcomes.

In addition, District 191 was recognized as a "District Progressing towards Sustaining Implementation," making it one of only six districts statewide to be honored for its work around PBIS.

“We are so proud of the work that administration, coaches, and staff in these buildings have done,” said Kelly Czapar, District 191 behavior analyst. “Their work, passion, and dedication surrounding PBIS is absolutely incredible!”

PBIS is an approach where schools use evidence-based practices to enhance academic and social outcomes for all students. It helps establish clear expectations, common language and practices, and systems of positive feedback to help develop a strong school community.

To be identified as a Sustaining Exemplar School, schools need to have completed training and demonstrate continued implementation of school-wide PBIS with fidelity.

For more information on PBIS Sustaining Exemplar Recognition Schools, visit

Posted: Tuesday, May 7, 2019 - 13:07