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Three Huntsville Schools Honored for Positive Student Behavior

Three Huntsville schools have been honored for their work in Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) by the University of Alabama and the HCS Department of Behavioral Learning.  Farley Elementary won first place in the state and will receive a pizza party for all teachers and staff, along with a gift certificate for $200 in PBIS “goodies” for their school.  Other schools recognized for their work include Lee / New Century High and McNair Junior High. 

PBIS encourages good behavior and teaches students the basics, much like any other academic course.  The key is to model and reinforce positive social behavior to achieve emotional and academic success. The University of Alabama’s PBIS coordinators provide technical assistance, training, coaching, and support for schools across the state who have chosen to implement the program. 

The purpose of having PBIS in a school is to create an environment where appropriate behavior is not only expected, but becomes normal and routine.  According to Dr. Linda Burrus, the Director of Behavioral Learning for Huntsville City Schools, “this initiative is basically a framework that focuses on creating a positive environment for our schools and our students.” That framework focuses on prevention, education, and positive reinforcement, rather than penalization, resulting in students that are more actively engaged in the learning environment.  “PBIS is that opportunity for us to reward those students that have positive behavior,” adds Farley Elementary Principal Towana Smith.

These are the first PBIS awards presented to schools in the state for their work.  More schools are expected to adapt the practices and strategies to help with student growth, academic performance, and creating a positive campus environment.