Real Stories

Photo of a student talking to an adult

This full service school-community model has been pivotal in sustaining the work.

Pam Smith, Safe Schools/Healthy Students Project Director
School District of Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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Photo of smiling Wabash students

I now understand a new dynamic to my classroom management skills.

Michael Aubrey, Special Education Teacher
Wabash Community Unit School District #348, Illinois
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Jimmy Carter Middle school in Albuquerque

“[T]he results have been powerful. Bookings for delinquent acts occurring on PIPY pilot school grounds decreased by 53%.

Albuquerque Public Schools, New Mexico
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Hallway Expectations poster from Fond du Lac

Don’t take shortcuts. Follow the prescription. Slow and steady gets you to where you need to be.

Joyce Gau, PBIS external coach
Fond du Lac School District, Wisconsin
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Garfield High School trades suspensions for referrals to services and increases graduation rates.

Los Angeles Unified School District , California
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Grossmont Union students talking and laughing

All schools need to adapt PBIS, make it fit to them. Implement with fidelity, but use whatever is appropriate for your culture.

Jenée Littrell, Safe Schools/Healthy Students project director
Grossmont Union High School District, California
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Tigard Tultane smiling students

Solid data demonstrate that this evidence-based approach is working—office disciplinary referrals are down 34%; suspensions are down 54%

Tigard-Tualatin School District, Oregon
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In a rural, high-poverty area, having mental health counselors in the school buildings makes a huge difference in . . . access to services.

Safe Schools/Healthy Students project director
St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES, New York
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Front of Garfield High school

People now realize that this school is a sacred place where students are safe and can succeed academically and have a great future.

José Huerta, Garfield High School Principal
Garfield High School, California
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Pueblo SRO talking with children

Randy Evetts, SS/HS project director
Pueblo City Schools, Colorado
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Partnership Poster from Santa Fe

Working in partnership with community agencies and health advocates had a significant positive impact on school discipline in Santa Fe.

Santa Fe Public Schools, New Mexico
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Photo of young Adams County children in class

Adams County implemented Incredible Years Dinosaur School in early childhood settings, improving the social and emotional skills of its children.

Adam 12 Five Star Schools, Colorado
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Photo of a smiling Albemarle student

Restorative Practices keep students in school, learning, rather than removing them for suspension or expulsion . . .

Albemarle County Public Schools, Virginia
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Parent Advisory Board becomes the Gateway to Success for Alhambra’s Students.

Alhambra Unified School District, California
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Donna, Texas recognizes family engagement and parent education as key strategies for addressing the challenges in their community.

Donna Independent School District, Texas
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Costa Mesa parents receiving a certificate for participating in Parenting Wisely

Newport-Mesa’s parenting program has student outcomes of reduced truancy and discipline, and increased attendance and achievement.

Newport-Mesa Unified School District, California
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Albuquerque school building

Enhancing school and community support helps to stem the flow of students from schools to juvenile detention.

Albuquerque Public Schools, New Mexico
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Grossmont Union students talking and laughing

The immediacy and the feedback [to students on their negative behaviors] is really the part that is making a big difference.

Jenée Littrell, Safe Students/Healthy Schools project director
Grossmont Union High School District, California
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