Twenty-Six Palm Beach County Schools Recognized as Models of Positive Behavior Support

Teacher hugging students on playgroundSeveral School District of Palm Beach County schools have been recognized as model schools by Florida’s Positive Behavioral Interventions & Support Project for the 2016-2017 school year, for their efforts in implementing Positive Behavior Support framework (PBS).

To be eligible to become a model school, schools had to demonstrate how they implement the PBS initiative, and outline the support systems and strategies they have in place to ensure successful outcomes.

The District’s Department of Safe Schools works with elementary, middle and high schools to create safe learning environments, using PBS.

The initiative helps create school disciplinary systems that encourage student social competence and academic achievement. Some of the Essential Components of PBS include administrator support, participation and leadership, a common purpose and approach to discipline, as well as defining positive expectations for all students and staff.

“I am so proud and thrilled to have earned our Gold status this year,” said Diana Perez, the Principal at Berkshire Elementary. “Our positive behavior support system is a culture that is nurturing and well-understood by both the students and families.”

Like several of the schools, Berkshire Elementary rose to Gold status after earning Bronze the previous year. Perez attributes the school’s rise to an increase in school-wide positive reinforcement strategies. The school also provided teachers with resources and corrective strategies to effectively respond to classroom behavior with positive interventions.

“I am elated that our school received the Gold status,” said Dr. Marline Campbell, the Principal at Cholee Lake Elementary, a school that also went from Bronze to Gold. “We strive to maintain a positive behavior support system that is conducive to both the academic and behavioral needs of all students.”

This year’s Gold and Silver recipients are listed below:

Gold Status

• Berkshire Elementary
• Cholee Lake Elementary
• Coral Sunset Elementary
• Crosspointe Elementary
• Del Prado Elementary
• Eagles Landing Middle
• Elbridge Gale Elementary
• Frontier Elementary
• Golden Grove Elementary
• Hagen Road Elementary
• Hammock Pointe Elementary
• Hidden Oaks Elementary
• Palm Beach Central High
• Panther Run Elementary
• Seminole Trails Elementary
• Sunrise Park Elementary
• Verde Elementary
• Woodlands Middle
• Western Pines Middle
• Wellington Landings

Silver Status

• Boynton Beach High
• Calusa Elementary
• Grassy Waters Elementary
• Liberty Park Elementary
• Pioneer Park Elementary
• Sandpiper Shores Elementary

Visit the Safe Schools website to learn more about the Department of Safe Schools and their initiatives. Visit the Florida’s Positive Behavior Support Project website for more information about positive behavior support and its model schools.