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National PBIS Center to feature Lindsay Middle School resource in international publication

The National PBIS Center in Oregon has selected Lindsay Middle School’s Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports “SWAG” Matrix to be included in a resource entitled, “PBIS Culturally Responsive Implementation Guide”, which will be made available internationally.

Dr. Kimberly Yanek, assistant director of PBIS training and technical assistance at the Mid-Atlantic PBIS Network, commended the school for the development of the matrix.

“Hearing about the effort you and the team are leading at Lindsay Middle School is absolutely amazing,” Yanek wrote in an email to LMS Principal Angela Byrd-Wright. “I appreciate your generosity in sharing your experiences and expertise for the benefit of educators and students around the world.”

According to Byrd-Wright, the school’s SWAG Matrix contains the school-wide behavior expectations for both students and staff in multiple areas of the building.

“SWAG stands for Safety First, Work Together Respectfully, Accept Responsibility, and Guide Me.,” she said. “The SWAG matrix is unique in that it is a middle school exemplar as there are not many readily available secondary examples of PBIS implementation.”

Byrd-Wright said LMS implemented the SWAG Behavior Matrix through the PBIS Team with initial findings from discipline data and feedback from the staff-at-large.

“Our PBIS Team has also developed PBIS lesson plans and presentations for each area identified within the matrix for teachers to continually refer to in order to uphold appropriate behavior,” she said. “Professional development regarding behavior intervention strategies and identifying students to provide additional resources takes place monthly within grade level houses. We continue to monitor our discipline data through monthly PBIS Team Meetings with teachers and staff from each grade level. We also incorporate student focus groups to provide feedback to the administrative team.”
She added that students are provided incentives at the Lindsay Bookstore or through field trips.

PBIS Team members include Byrd-Wright, Carla Montgomery and Deon Garner, assistant principals; Nadiyah Murray, behavior specialists; and Lamont Draft, Lisa Sconiers, Gary Smith, Mary Vick, Richie Scott, Romona Jackson and Sabrina Jones.

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