35 Schools Earn PBIS Implementation Awards

35 Schools Earn PBIS Implementation Awards
Posted on 10/27/2022
Gold PBIS Implementation Award

The California PBIS Coalition honored 35 San Bernardino City Unified School District (SBCUSD) sites for successfully developing systems to create welcoming, safe, and inclusive learning environments where all students can thrive.

A total of 11 SBCUSD schools earned a gold award for their implementation of the Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports (PBIS) systems. An additional 21 schools received a silver award, and 3 received a bronze award.

PBIS is part of SBCUSD’s overall plan to create a positive school climate and culture at all District schools, where learning environments foster safety, connection, and academic success. Staff use data and evidence-based practices to help students address trauma, develop positive relationships, and learn how to navigate and engage in learning. A positive school climate and culture is a necessary step in meeting students’ social-emotional and behavioral needs.

A positive school climate and culture is based on a strong PBIS foundation, which, at its core, is the belief and practice that all students can succeed if given the right support to foster that success. As a result, PBIS is grounded in classroom practices that are proactive, instructive, and restorative. Staff teach and model good behavior and provide positive behavior corrections when needed. Students are equipped with the social skills to respond to situations in a responsible and respectful manner. School staff also use restorative practices to develop, maintain, and repair relationships with students to ensure they stay connected.

According to Colleen Williams, Director of Student Wellness & Support Services (SWSS), an important aspect of developing a positive school climate and culture is to acknowledge positive interactions and behavior, while also addressing inappropriate behaviors with additional instruction and practice.

SBCUSD schools, as well as other PBIS schools across the state, are evaluated annually on how well they implement each of the three PBIS tiers using a nationally recognized evaluation method. 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 small groups of students who may need additional guidance. Tier 3 provides individual support for the few students who need intensive intervention. Based on this evaluation, schools in California may earn bronze, silver, gold, or platinum recognition.

Gold schools must demonstrate a structured approach to implementing Tier 1 and Tier 2, as well as meet data requirements for students in each tier as well as suspension rates. The 11 SBCUSD schools that earned a prestigious gold PBIS Implementation Award are:

Anton Elementary, Hunt Elementary, Jones Elementary, Kimbark Elementary, Lankershim Elementary, Newmark Elementary, Riley College Prep Academy, Roosevelt Elementary, and Vermont Elementary Schools and Cajon and San Andreas High School.

To earn Silver recognition, a school must be fully implementing Tier 1 systems and meet data requirements. The 21 sites that earned a silver award are:

Allred Child Development Program; Ramona-Alessandro Elementary, Barton Elementary, Belvedere Elementary, Bradley Elementary, Brown Elementary, Cypress Elementary, Davidson Elementary, Emmerton Elementary, Henry Elementary, Kendall-Harmon Elementary, Monterey Elementary, Muscoy Elementary, Urbita Elementary, and Warm Springs Elementary Schools; Chavez Middle, Rodriguez PREP Academy, and Serrano Middle Schools; and Indian Springs High, Pacific High, and San Gorgonio High Schools.

To earn Bronze recognition, a school must begin a systematic approach to Tier 1 implementation. The three schools that earned a bronze PBIS Implementation Award are:

Arrowhead Elementary School, Lincoln Elementary School, and Arroyo Valley High School.

“Developing positive climate and culture at all SBCUSD schools is essential to creating welcoming, safe and inclusive learning environments where all students thrive academically and social-emotionally,” said Assistant Superintendent of Student Services Dr. Sandra Rodriguez. “Robust positive climate and culture programs are just one item in our toolkit that leads to academic success and a bright future for our students.”

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 $2,000 to purchase student incentives. Students earn the incentives for meeting behavioral expectations. Additionally, staff from the District’s SWSS department are assigned to support school implementation of positive climate and culture systems districtwide.


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