Sarah Harris, DCSD coordinator of the School Climate Transformation grant, was named the 2018-2019 Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) Person of the Year at the May 8, 2019 Board Meeting. Harris received multiple nominations by the administrative and teaching staff of Davenport Schools. The award was presented by Terese Jurgensen of the Iowa Department of Education and Jill Yates of the Mississippi Bend Area Education Agency.
PBIS is a multi-tiered system of support that focuses on creating and maintaining a positive, predictable, and safe environment in schools. This framework has been shown to reduce major disciplinary issues, reduce out-of-school suspensions, and improve student achievement and overall school climate.