Six Schools Earn Gold for Promoting Positive Behavior

Six Schools Earn Gold for Promoting Positive Behavior
Posted on 03/05/2020
California PBIS Coalition Gold Award

The California PBIS Coalition honored 41 San Bernardino City Unified School District (SBCUSD) sites for successfully developing systems to support student social-emotional behavior and academic success.

A total of six SBCUSD schools earned a gold award for their implementation of the Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports (PBIS) systems. An additional 22 schools received silver recognition, and 13 received a bronze award.

The PBIS program is part of SBCUSD’s overall school Climate and Culture systems. The focus of Climate and Culture is to create learning environments that foster safety, connection and learning. Staff analyze data and implement evidence-based practices to help students address trauma, develop positive relationships, and learn how to navigate and engage in learning. Climate and Culture proactively meets students’ social-emotional and behavioral needs. This is done through an instructive and restorative manner.

At its core, PBIS is based on the belief that all students can learn how to behave. As a result, a PBIS system is founded on three components: proactive, instructive and restorative. To be proactive, schools teach expectations before misbehaviors occur so students know early what is expected of them. To be instructive, school staff model, teach, acknowledge and correct student behaviors. Lastly, to be restorative, school staff develop, maintain, and repair relationships with students to ensure they stay connected.

An important aspect of PBIS is that it is not about ignoring inappropriate behavior. It is about making expectations clear to all students, rewarding students for behaving well, and consistently applying appropriate discipline when students break the rules.

Schools implementing PBIS are evaluated on the three tiers of the program. Tier 1 is universal interventions and support for all students, which is aimed at stopping behavior problems before they start. Tier 2 provides targeted support for groups of students who may need additional support. Tier 3 provides individual support for the few students who need intensive intervention.

SBCUSD schools, as well as other PBIS schools across the country, were scored on how well they implement all three tiers using a nationally recognized evaluation method. Based on those scores, schools could earn bronze, silver, gold, or platinum recognition.

The six SBCUSD schools that earned a prestigious gold PBIS Implementation Award are: Ramona-AlessandroAntonJonesRiley, and Wilson Elementary Schools and Curtis Middle School.

The 22 sites that earned a silver award are:
Child Development ProgramBelvedereDel RosaEmmertonFairfaxHighland-PacificHillsideHolcomb, HuntKimbarkLankershim, Bonnie OehlPalm AvenueRooseveltUrbita, and Warm Springs Elementary SchoolsPaakuma’ K–8 SchoolArrowviewChavezDel VallejoGolden Valley, and Serrano Middle Schools; and San Andreas High School. Kimbark Elementary actually qualified for a gold award, but due to a clerical error, received the silver award instead.

The 13 schools that earned a bronze PBIS Implementation Award are:
BradleyBrownColeCypressDavidsonLincolnMarshallMontereyMuscoyNorth ParkParkside, and Rio Vista Elementary Schools and Indian Springs High School.

“Developing positive climate and culture at all SBCUSD schools is essential to develop social-emotional competencies for all students,” said Assistant Superintendent Dr. Lorraine Perez. “This systematic approach will allow students and staff to focus on the academic tasks to succeed in school and be prepared for a bright future.”

In order to provide continued support for positive changes in school climate and culture and to recognize successful SBCUSD schools, the District provided PBIS Implementation Award-winning schools with cash incentives ranging from $500 to $1,000 to purchase student incentives. Students earn the incentives for meeting behavioral expectations.


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