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RK-12: Fostering A Culture Of Positive Relationships And Kindness In Rural Schools

What is the ambitious goal of this project?

Helping schools in Idaho to create settings that allow all students to succeed.

Research has shown that Schoolwide Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (SWPBIS) can be extremely effective for improving educational outcomes, including grades and scores on academic achievement tests. It can also promote improved attendance, fewer disciplinary referrals, and improved school climate and perceived safety. However, because of the size and location of rural schools, they often do not have access to the training, resources, and supports necessary to implement comprehensive changes in their student support systems. This is where the RK-12 team steps up to serve schools across our state.

Watch this news report on the project

Experience Gained

This experience will provide you with new tools and knowledge, such as:

  • Understanding of student behavior and behavior management
  • Creation of tiered interventions and instruction to set up students and educators for success
  • Focus on prevention with an emphasis on Bullying Prevention
  • Network with experts and practitioners in the field
  • Creation of diverse video teaching/learning modules
  • Use of technology to educate individuals in rural regions
  • Creation of marketing packages for innovative products
  • Collection and analysis of quantitative and qualitative data
  • Hands-on experience with project management
  • Methods/technologies used on this project: adult education strategies, case studies, design thinking, fieldwork, instructional design, K-12 outreach and collaboration, qualitative research methods, quantitative research methods, structured interviewing, writing

Majors or Interests Needed

We’re looking for students with the one or more of the following majors or interests:

  • Education
  • Research
  • Media/Communications
  • Video Production
  • Technology
  • Marketing and Design
  • Project Management
  • Business Graduate Programs
  • Communication
  • Counselor Education
  • Criminal Justice
  • Curriculum, Instruction, and Foundation Studies,
  • Early and Special Education
  • Educational Technology
  • Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Management
  • Teacher Education

VIP Coach Information

Dr. Katie Bubak-Azevedo, Ed.D. is the Director of  Idaho Positive Behavior Network. She has worked in education for more than ten years, holding a variety of positions such as a classroom teacher, instructional coach, professional development facilitator, and consultant. Her focus is to promote positive learning environments through academic and behavioral strategies that increase the learning and achievement of all students

Course Information

Full semester course. 1-2 credits for VIP  200-003, VIP 400-003, or VIP 500-003.

Interested in joining this team?

For more information and to request a permission number to register contact Dr. Katie Bubak at katiebubak@boisestate.eduOR complete this interest form and someone will contact you.  Check out this document for tips on contacting a professor about joining a team.

To register:  search by Subject: Vertically Integrated Projects, select section 022 of VIP 200, 400, or 500. Use permission number, here are instructions