San Gabriel Unified School District is exploring strategies to cultivate positive school environments through Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports (PBIS) program, which helps educators define, teach and support appropriate student behaviors.
SGUSD schools recognize and reward positive behavior regularly through weekly announcements, monthly assemblies and “Caught Being Good” tickets that can be exchanged for prizes or entry to events like a dodgeball tournament, glowstick dance party or chalk art party.
Maria Hernandez, who has two sons enrolled at Washington Elementary, said PBIS helped improve her children’s behavior in the classroom and at home.
“We’ve been able to help one of my sons overcome behavioral challenges and become self-aware by bringing the PBIS strategies into our home,” Hernandez said. “My kids get along better with each other, with me and with their peers. I was so excited to see PBIS in school because everyone benefits from a positive environment.”
Throughout the 2018-19 school year, Washington, Wilson and Roosevelt elementary schools and Jefferson Middle School have embraced PBIS strategies. Washington celebrated full program implementation on Feb. 5; other San Gabriel Unified schools will continue to roll out the program through 2019-20.