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Forty-Five Columbus City Schools Recognized for Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports

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October 8, 2021 -- Columbus City Schools (CCS) is being recognized by the Ohio Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports (PBIS) Network for its quality and fidelity of PBIS implementation for the second year in a row.

Forty-five CCS schools are recognized as Model Schools for 2021, earning Gold, Silver, and Bronze recognition for their team-based planning and problem solving to implement PBIS interventions and school supports.

PBIS involves teaching students expected behaviors consistently and positively, promoting good behavior, student success, and positive, safe environments through a multi-tiered system implemented by schools. In 2020, 35 CCS schools received the recognition. PBIS has been shown to improve student achievement, student behavior, and school climate.

"This honor is reflective of how our schools continue to work diligently on behalf of our students," said Columbus City Schools Superintendent/CEO Dr. Talisa Dixon. "By creating environments that are conducive to learning and providing tiered supports to ensure all students have their needs met."

Five schools earned Gold status, the highest tier of recognition, five schools received Silver, and 35 schools received the Bronze level distinction. Congratulations to:


Forty-Five schools recognized with PBIS awards 

 "We are excited to celebrate with our forty-five schools on their recognition of Gold, Silver, and Bronze status from the Ohio PBIS showcase," said Cheryl Ward, Director, Social-Emotional and Student Support Services, Columbus City Schools. "This recognition is a reflection of the time, effort, and commitment these schools have made in providing a PBIS framework in their buildings and moving their staff and students toward a stronger climate and culture."

PBIS provides an opportunity for schools and districts to be recognized for creating school environments that are positive, predictable, safe, and equitable. In 2015, Ohio PBIS Network first recognized schools that were model examples of strong PBIS.

Bronze-level schools can document evidence of a comprehensive system of behavioral supports at tier 1 with a Tiered Fidelity Inventory (TFI) score of at least 70%. Silver-level schools must meet the criteria for bronze level and implement with a higher level of fidelity. These schools must also implement tier-II supports with a TFI of at least 70%. Finally, Gold-level schools must meet all the criteria for bronze and silver levels and implement at the highest level of fidelity. These schools must also maintain tier- II, and tier-III supports with a TFI of at least 70%.

The school teams will be honored in December during the 2021 OLAC and PBIS Showcase, virtual event. To learn more, visit