CONTACT:  Michele Clark
Communications Coordinator

Vol. 45, No. 42

June 8, 2011


Schools Throughout Missouri To Be Honored for Effectively Implementing SW-PBS

State education officials will recognize 240 Missouri public and charter schools on June 14 for successfully adopting and implementing Schoolwide Positive Behavior Support (SW-PBS), a comprehensive approach for improving student behavior and academic performance.

The schools will be honored in Columbia during the sixth annual SW-PBS Summer Institute, which is sponsored by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and the University of Missouri Center for SW-PBS.  More than 1,000 Missouri educators are expected to attend this year’s institute.

The gold, silver and bronze award recipients will be recognized by Ronald Lankford, deputy commissioner of the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.  These awards represent the extent of each school’s implementation of SW-PBS strategies and the evidence compiled about the program’s impact in each school. 

SW-PBS is a systematic approach to creating safer and more effective schools by structuring the learning environment to support the academic and social success of all students.  It focuses on encouraging positive student behavior, preventing disruptive behavior and tailoring academic strategies to individual needs.