Blended Initiatives Boost Outcomes

posted Feb 3, 2011, 8:47 AM by Cheryle Kennelly
In their third year of PBIS implementation, the team at Lombard Middle School, Galesburg CUSD 205, scored a 92 on the Benchmarks of Quality (BoQ), indicating full implementation of PBIS at Tier 1.  The school saw an 18% decrease in ODRs over the last two years.   In addition, Lombard has blended initiatives such as Social Emotional Learning (SEL), with the PBIS and academic components of Response to Intervention (RtI). In 2009, the school made Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) on the Illinois State Achievement Test (ISAT) for the first time since 2004. Principal Neal Thompson explained that when PBIS was implemented, “We had time to do the work we needed for our students [. . .] and we are still analyzing data and surveying staff to make improvements. The administration has restructured the school schedule to allow time for Social/Academic Instruction Groups and enrichment interventions based on ODR, attendance, and academic scores of students.