Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) is an evidence-based three-tiered framework for improving and integrating all of the data, systems, and practices affecting student outcomes every day. It is a way to support everyone – especially students with disabilities – to create the kinds of schools where all students are successful.
Dana's use of PBIS is a commitment to addressing student behavior through systems change. When it’s implemented well, students achieve improved social and academic outcomes, schools experience reduced exclusionary discipline practices, and school personnel feel more effective. To learn more about PBIS and the three tiers of support offered at Dana Middle School, click here.
Second step is a web based social-emotional learning (SEL) curriculum that’s modern, research based and responsive to the needs of today’s students and educators. It’s underpinned by the latest research in adolescent brain development and social psychology, designed to promote the social emotional development, safety, and well-being of students.
The Olweus Program (pronounced Ol-VAY-us) is a comprehensive approach that includes schoolwide, classroom, individual, and community components. The program is focused on long-term change that creates a safe and positive school climate. The program’s goals are to reduce and prevent bullying problems among school children and to improve peer relations at school. The program has been found to reduce bullying among children, improve the social climate of classrooms, and reduce related antisocial behaviors.
Where Everyone Belongs (WEB) is a middle school transition program that welcomes 6th graders and makes them feel comfortable throughout the first year of their middle school experience. WEB is built on the belief that students want to and can help other students succeed. The WEB middle school transition program at DMS trains members of the 8th grade class to be WEB Leaders; as positive role models, WEB Leaders are motivators, leaders and teachers who guide 6th graders to discover what it takes to be successful in middle school.
Student Merit is a web based comprehensive program for the implementation of Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS). Through the program, each student receives a merit account to view and manage their accumulation of merits which can be through the school for a variety of prizes/recognition.
The California CareerZone allows students to explore the world of work through a variety of activities and is designed so students can progress at their own pace. Students will explore potential occupations, colleges, and lifestyles while parents and guardians can utilize California CareerZone so they can help their student through the career exploration process.