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Schools honored for support of positive behavior

Thursday, June 14, 2012

SIKESTON -- Four Sikeston schools will receive state recognition next week for rewarding students for their positive behavior.

"Overall, Schoolwide Positive Behavior Support is creating a positive, warm climate for students where teachers are looking for what students are doing right instead of what they're always doing wrong," said Joanna Branson, counselor at New Horizons Alternative Education Center in Sikeston.

New Horizons Alternative Education Center, Fifth and Sixth Grade Center and Seventh and Eighth Grade Center in the Sikeston R-6 School District and New Dawn State School in Sikeston will be among 267 schools honored Monday by state education officials for their successful adoption and implementation of "positive behavior support," a comprehensive approach to improving students' behavior and academic performance.

"The idea behind PBS is to create a positive climate in your school, and especially in the alternative school where students come with the idea it's going to be hard-core or regimented, and, actually, it's very flexible," Branson said.

The program also allows students to have one-on-one needs assessments, Branson said.

Missouri's Schoolwide Positive Behavior Support 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 student's needs.

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