PBIS is an organization which is supported and funded by the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE). The Isanti Middle School and Minnesota Center were selected through a grant application process two years ago. Since then, a team of nine individuals have been trained and have implemented PBIS in Isanti Middle School and the Minnesota Center.
The PBIS model which is referred to as, “The Bluejacket Way,” stresses teaching students the expected behaviors. These behaviors are modeled after District 911’s five character traits: Respect, Responsibility, Self-discipline, Honesty, and Compassion. There is a school-wide reward system for students’ demonstration of these behaviors. This system also tracks students’ discipline and provides interventions to aid student progress with the initiative.
Since implementing “The Bluejacket Way,” discipline referrals have been reduced by more than 50 percent. This has also resulted in increased instruction time and helps to keep students in the classroom to learn.
A huge thanks goes out to the PBIS team and to all staff at Isanti Middle School and the Minnesota Center for implementing “The Bluejacket Way.