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Stanley-Boyd Middle School

Grade Level
Middle School

Stanley-Boyd Middle School believes the work that is done within their Professional Learning Community (PLC) is really what drives their support to students. As a district, Stanley-Boyd has been utilizing PLCs for over 10 years. PLC process and beliefs are the core of everything they do, including implementation of their multi-leveled system of supports for students. Staff consistently collaborate with data to determine what their students currently know or don’t know, what knowledge they want students to have, and how the district will support students when they don’t have the knowledge.

The middle school has continued to take this systematic approach to implementation of an equitable, multi-level system of supports. They began implementing in behavior and reading in 2013 and have been maintaining at fidelity/full implementation over the last three years. Using their PLC processes, they expanded their implementation efforts in 2016 to include mathematics. They are currently at initial implementation in this content area.

The staff committed to developing several data-driven processes which ensure that student needs are met.

Stanley-Boyd uses a universal screening process to determine what students know or need to know. Through this work, the school has improved proficiency for all students on the state Forward exam in English Language Arts from 43.8% in 2015-16 to 53.1% in 2018-19 and mathematics from 46.9% in 2015-16 to 50.4% in 2018-19.

Integrating mental health supports into your system

Most recently, they have begun integrating mental health supports into their system. “This just felt like the next natural step for us,” Krystle Bacha, pupil services director and school psychologist said. They now use a screening process for internalizing and externalizing behaviors. This has helped them identify who is in need of additional support.

The use of these processes strengthened the universal level of support offered to all students. As the faculty became fluent in their application, Stanley-Boyd Middle School had fewer students needing to access tier 2 supports. At the same time, the number of office discipline referrals dramatically decreased.

While the middle school was working on integrating mental health support into their universal level, Stanley-Boyd School District was also aligning leadership teams across the elementary, middle, and high schools, leveraging the collaboration built through the PLCs to ensure that implementation was district-wide.

Family and community engagement

Engaging families and communities is a priority as well. District leadership hosted a community conversation event across multiple evenings. Staff, administration, and school board met with members of the community, including parents, business leaders, clergy, and retired persons to discuss how to continue to grow and improve as a district. This led to changes that vertically aligned a character curriculum across all levels.

“Our Professional Learning Community is really at the core of everything we’re doing,” Bacha said.