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The Minnesota Department of Education recognized 14 southwest metro area schools for their success in using a program to support students with challenges in the classroom and at home, according to a news release from the department.

In total, 71 schools in Minnesota were recognized for using positive behavioral intervention and supports (PBIS) and being leaders in improving school climate and increasing student achievement, the release says.

“I congratulate all of the schools and districts being recognized for their positive behavior intervention support work and thank them for leading the way to better meet the needs of our students,” said Education Commissioner Mary Cathryn Ricker in the release. “Creating a welcoming and safe environment is essential for productive teaching and learning, and so I deeply appreciate the commitment of these schools and districts to PBIS as a part of that work.”

PBIS was launched in 2005 and is used in 690 of Minnesota's 2,000 schools, the release says.

The southwest metro schools recognized for leadership and success in PBIS are:

  • Chanhassen High School – Eastern Carver County Schools
  • Chaska Middle School West – Eastern Carver County Schools
  • Eagle Ridge Middle School – Burnsville, Eagan, Savage, Independent School District ISD 191
  • Edward Neill Elementary – Burnsville, Eagan, Savage, ISD 191
  • Gideon Pond Elementary – Burnsville, Eagan, Savage, ISD 191
  • Harriet Bishop Elementary School – Burnsville, Eagan, Savage, ISD 191
  • Hidden Valley Elementary – Burnsville, Eagan, Savage, ISD 191
  • Marion W. Savage Elementary – Burnsville, Eagan, Savage, ISD 191
  • Oak Point Elementary – Eden Prairie Schools
  • Prairie View Elementary – Eden Prairie Schools
  • Prior Lake Middle School (Hidden Oaks and Twin Oaks Middle Schools) – Prior Lake Savage
  • Shirley Hills Primary School – Westonka Public Schools
  • Sioux Trail Elementary – Burnsville, Eagan, Savage, ISD 191
  • Sky Oaks Elementary – Burnsville, Eagan, Savage, ISD 191

Eden Teller is the multimedia reporter for Eden Prairie News. She's passionate about fostering productive conversations and empowering communities. When she's not reporting, she can be found reading a book, on a hike or tackling home improvement projects.

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