The California PBIS (Positive Behavioral Intervention and Support) Coalition honored OCEAN partner Marco Forster Middle School for its “outstanding contribution of support and care during the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic and resulting disruptions to school.” The PBIS Coalition also honored and acknowledged the UCI School of Education as a partner organization.
Marco Forster Middle School became an OCEAN partner in 2018. Working with the school is Jennifer Renick, doctoral student and OCEAN Community Research Fellow, and Dr. Stephanie Reich, associate professor and OCEAN Faculty Advisor. Alongside the school’s PBIS team, the partnership focuses on improving school climate and using data to inform PBIS efforts. With the rapid shift to distance learning and new challenges in meeting students’ needs during this unprecedented time, the Marco Forster-UCI partnership seeks to learn more about how distance learning is working for students and teachers alike. The team designed two surveys with questions focused on the struggles and successes of Marco Forster’s virtual programming. These data were then analyzed and shared back to relevant staff in order to inform the school’s fall distance learning program.