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District 47 Takes Steps to Increase Student Success

All District 47 elementary and middle schools were recognized for the second year in a row by the Midwest PBIS Network for their work in 2022-23 toward implementing a framework that leads to improved student outcomes. 


District 47 began implementing Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) in 2014 to build a school- and district-wide framework aimed at closing achievement gaps. District 47 utilizes PBIS as well as a framework called Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) to fulfill the district’s mission of Empowering All Students. National research shows that full implementation of such frameworks leads to improved student outcomes related to academic performance and social-emotional competence. 


PBIS and MTSS work in tandem to: 

  • increase the consistency of effective instruction for all students;
  • build staff knowledge and skills to support all learners;
  • use data to more quickly identify and provide support for students; and 
  • create a culture that supports strong relationships with students, families, and communities


District, school, and grade-level leadership teams meet regularly to review student academic and behavior data to identify areas of strength, weakness and growth to provide targeted interventions, enrichment and support for student success. This data-based approach drives district priorities and shapes district and school improvement plans that align to the district’s overall strategic plan.  


“We are immensely proud of our school community for earning this recognition for the second year in a row,” said Dr. Kathy Hinz, superintendent. “Our faculty's commitment to fostering a positive, supportive atmosphere, providing support for all learners played a pivotal role in achieving this distinction."  


Visit the Midwest PBIS Network website to learn more about PBIS or to view a complete list of schools recognized by Midwest PBIS Network.