PBISAz Achievement Award Winners

 Winners will be highlighted at BET-C 2016!

More than 60 Arizona schools were recognized for reducing discipline referrals, and creating positive environments.

PHOENIX— Five Arizona schools snagged top honors for creating a positive school culture and reducing principal visits and suspensions from the PBISAz Achievement Awards ceremony on April 29.



Congratulations to the five gold winners: Holbrook Junior High in Holbrook, Trailside Point School in Laveen, SHARP School in Mesa, Lake View Primary in Page and Lowell Elementary in Phoenix.

“Lowell Elementary School is proud of our PBIS efforts,” said principal Tyson Kelly.

The school reported a 75 percent decrease in student suspensions and referrals to the front office for discipline since the first year administrators brought PBIS to Lowell. “It is amazing to see a Kindergartener on the playground who excitedly runs over to tell you that he got a ROAR card this morning for being Accountable because he finished his work in class.”

Moreover, buzzwords have now translated into real-life successes. “Data-driven is no longer just a catchphrase at Lowell,” said school psychologist Meredith Swank. “We use data to inform our decisions which positively impacts our choices about students, both academically and behaviorally. We are also more mindful about our progress and consistently look for opportunities to improve our outcomes. We have room to grow, but are on a great track.”

The curriculum dubbed PBIS, or positive behavior interventions and supports, arose in the 1990s as part of research into how the social culture of a school—and not just instructional interactions—was just as key to creating an effective place to learn for kids of all abilities and challenges. PBISAz is the largest project funded by the Arizona Developmental Disabilities Planning Council, a group which aims to enhance the lives of students and adults with developmental disabilities, which includes autism, behavioral disorders and cerebral palsy.

PBIS sets up a 3-Tier pyramid-type system for schools to support each student based on behavioral patterns. Preventing problem behavior before it arises by rewarding positive actions is a large part of the platform.

If the first tier activities fail to succeed, students move up the pyramid to receive more individualized plans to prevent problem behaviors. Students with high-risk behavior receive Tier 2 or 3 supports at the onset. The ultimate goal is to create positive school climates that encourage expected behavior and reduce challenging behavior across all students and all areas of the school. When this happens, there are fewer behavioral challenges and fewer students who exhibit those challenges. This in turn reduces exclusionary practices like office referrals, suspensions, restraints and seclusion.

“I can’t begin to tell you how proud I am of the staff and administrators of these schools,” said Dr. Dan Davidson, director of PBISAz. “There is no mandate or requirement for schools to implement PBIS, and it is a lot of hard work. It is a testament to the dedication these schools have to their students.”

Throughout Arizona, 68 schools have verified they implement PBIS as measured by standard national survey instruments for the 2015-2016 school year. To learn more about PBIS and resources in Arizona, visit www.PBISaz.org

To view and download photos from the awards ceremony and pictures of individual winners, click here.


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A staff of five assists the all-volunteer Arizona Developmental Disabilities Planning Council, which is made up of individuals with developmental disabilities, family members, providers and state agency representatives. The 23-member Council meets quarterly to hear reports and vote on which projects to support by allocating federal funds, which total more than $1.2 million each year. Visit us online at https://addpc.az.gov/

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We serve Arizona residents with developmental disabilities along with their families, providing original research and support to projects that accomplish our three current goals: increasing employment opportunities, encouraging individuals to advocate for themselves and empowering those individuals with information.

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1 free year of PBIS Rewards!

That is what one lucky person will win at BET-C 2016 next month.

PBIS Rewards is the perfect marriage between technology and PBIS, where teachers can use their smartphones or browsers in the classroom to reward students for good behavior. This school-wide PBIS management system is an affordable solution for tracking, recording progress and rewarding students for meeting behavior goals.

Students know their account balances and can redeem points for items, privileges and attendance at events, all in PBIS Rewards!

Visit pbisrewards.com for all the details. Then be sure to register for BET-C 2016 for your chance to win one free year of PBIS Rewards.

Thank you PBIS Rewards for being a part of BET-C and for donating this to the raffle!


Raffle Prizes!

Thanks to our Sponsors, Partners and Exhibitors that support our fun-filled raffle at BET-C!

This year is shaping up to be another great raffle for some lucky attendees.

On the raffle table so far:

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Fredi Lajvardi Presents at BET-C

We are thrilled to have Coach Fredi Lajvardi as a BET-C 2016 presenter!

Hear the story of student success from our very own local educational hero who is an award winning Robotics coach, mentor and inspirational teacher at Carl Hayden High School.

Improbable to Unstoppable

Faridodin “Fredi” Lajvardi, Falcon Robotics, Carl Hayden High School

For more thFredi_Twitter1.001an two decades, high school science teacher, Fredi Lajvardi has engaged, motivated and challenged students by making science fun and introducing them to the field of robotics. With countless hours spent after school, mentoring and investing in the underserved students at Carl Hayden Community High School, Lajvardi drew national attention in 2004, when he entered his diverse high school team in a university level national underwater robotics competition, where they not only proved their skills and ability to compete at that level, but they placed first, defeating leading universities, including MIT.

In this session, Fredi will share his experiences as a young teacher going into a disadvantaged school and how he had to learn how to connect to the students and get them to do things they did not think they could do, including the story of how four boys from the barrios of South Phoenix broke through the barrier and showed the others behind them that they too can do great things!

BET-C Exhibitors are Posted

Check out our amazing sponsors, hosts and partners for BET-C 2016!

Visit the Partners page for full company descriptions and links to their sites. Meet them in person at the BET-C Partner Lounge during the conference.


Arizona Camp Sunrise and Sidekicks

Arizona Council for Exceptional Children

Arizona School Counselors Association

Association for Positive Behavior Support

ASU Center for Child Well Being

AZ Developmental Disabilities Planning Council

AZ K12 Center

AZ Science Center


Expect More AZ

Family Friendly Schools/Engage Press

Foundation for Blind Children

KOI Education

Maricopa County Education Service Agency

Northern Arizona University


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Raising Special Kids

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Teen Life Line

Terros Health

The Talbot Team

University of Arizona- College of Education

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