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D65 scores high on ‘Positive Behavior’

Ten District 65 schools have been recognized for their implementation of the Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports program.

Out of nearly 1,000 Illinois schools participating in the program 64 achieved the second level “implementing” recognition reached by the District 65 schools.


Ten District 65 schools have been recognized for their implementation of the Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports program.

Out of nearly 1,000 Illinois schools participating in the program 64 achieved the second level “implementing” recognition reached by the District 65 schools.

Eighteen achieved the higher “fully implementing” standard and 117 achieved lower recognition levels according to the Illinois PBIS Network website.

A District 65 news release says nearly 1,000 schools in the state participate in the program.

The District 65 schools that received the recognition are Bessie Rhodes Magnet, Dawes Elementary, Dewey Elementary, King Lab Magnet, Kingsley Elementary, Nichols Middle, Oakton Elementary, Walker Elementary, Washington Elementary and Willard Elementary.

Under the program, teachers are trained to teach expected behaviors, model positive behaviors, design interventions that help individual students exhibit appropriate behaviors, and thus create practices that improve school climate and culture.

This year, with the expanded coaching role of program supervisor, Joyce Bartz, and the next level of PBIS staff training, the hope is to move all schools to the “fully implementing” recognition status.

Each District 65 school has a coach or team of coaches who support staff in implementing PBIS. Additionally, there is a district-wide PBIS coach who helps with data management and provides support across the schools.

Program team leaders at the recognized schools include Fran Freeman and Stephanie Abudayeh at Dawes, Andrew Krugly at Dewey, Anna Kahl at Rhodes, Colleen O’Connor at Kingsley, Betty Busse, Carrie Swan, Megan Rieger and D. Baumann at King Lab, Kathy Davis at Nicholes, Marilyn Payne, Jerry Succes, and Renee Davis at Oakton, Karen Rosenbluh at Walker, Kate Ellison and Laine Wood at Washington, and Laurie Brown and Chris Skoglund at Willard. The district-wide support team includes Andy Friedman and Joyce Bartz.  

Krugly, Dewey’s principal, has received state recognition for the program for three years and is now being tapped to share Dewey’s success on a national level. He made a presentation at the National PBIS Leadership Conference on the implementation and sustainability of PBIS and has been asked to mentor administrators across the country on their use of PBIS.

District 65 began to pilot PBIS in 2001-02. Since that time, the district has embraced this program as its model for achieving important social and learning outcomes while preventing problem behavior with all students. PBIS is a research-based program that has been recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as an effective model for creating safe and effective schools.

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