Turtle Lake was identified as a state-wide leader for creating positive learning environments
Turtle Lake Elementary School is among 36 Minnesota schools identified as state-wide leaders for creating positive learning environments for students. In June of 2015, the Minnesota Department of Education recognized Turtle Lake Elementary School as a Sustaining Exemplar School.
Using the Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports (PBIS) program, Turtle Lake was identified as a leader in establishing a comprehensive set of practices to support positive behavior, improve school climate and increase student achievement.
To establish a PBIS program, 80 percent of a school's teachers and staff need to agree to implement a more positive approach to discipline. Data from participating schools show clear evidence of the program's success, specifically in reduced number of behavioral incidents, fewer student suspensions and increased levels of student engagement.
“PBIS helps schools set clear expectations for students, teachers and families and new ways to address behavior issues," said Commissioner Brenda Cassellius. "Each of these schools is leading the way for creating respectful and supportive school climates and the positive impact that work can have on student achievement.”