Dogwood Elementary has been named a 2016 Bronze Level PBS school by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) for its B.A.R.K. program. The school was recognized for achievement in implementing Schoolwide Positive Behavior Supports (SW-PBS), a proactive approach to teaching behavior expectations in order to improve student behavior and maximize instructional time and student engagement.
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 supports to individual student needs.
“Our focus at Dogwood is Being your best, Acting responsibly, Respecting yourself and others, and Keeping safe (B.A.R.K.),” Cami Aebersold, counselor and B.A.R.K. program leader. “We teach common vocabulary, school wide expectations, and appropriate behaviors, just like you would a math lesson. By using PBS, it allows students a learning opportunity involving his/her behavior which can be seen in success in the classroom and in social situations.”
Schools are awarded a recognition level (gold, silver or bronze), which represents the extent of their implementation of SW-PBS strategies and the evidence they have compiled about the program’s impact in their school. Dogwood received a bronze level award.
“The program has progressed over the past few years to not only our building using the same vocabulary but bus drivers using it also,” said Janelle Nelson, principal. “We’ve also seen many families ask us how they can use B.A.R.K. at home for their own kids. The biggest impact I have seen from this program is our students feel great about their behaviors and now our academics are showing great strides along with it!”
Pictured above accepting the award from left to right: Tina Taylor (2nd grade), Cami Aebersold (counselor), Jennifer Rinehart (4th grade), & Amy Bartig (librarian)
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