St. Stephen’s Academy was recently designated as a model school for the Pennsylvania School-Wide Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports program.
During the site visit and evaluation, professionals from Midwestern Intermediate Unit IV conducted interviews with school leadership, teachers, and students as well as conducting an artifacts review. St. Stephen’s scored an impressive 100% on the evaluation.
The Pennsylvania School-Wide Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports program (PBIS) is a proactive approach to discipline that promotes appropriate student behavior and increased learning. Traditionally, models of school discipline tend to be reactive by focusing on student misbehavior that results in punitive consequences. Instead, St. Stephen’s Academy tries to maintain its focus on rewarding the positive.
St. Stephen’s will be formally recognized during the 2013-2014 Pennsylvania Department of Education’s School-Wide Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports Implementer’s Forum in May in Hersey, PA.