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LVJUSD Schools Recognized by the California PBIS Coalition

September 17, 2019 - Livermore, CA- Four schools from the Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District (LVJUSD) have been recognized for their success in implementing Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports (PBIS) by the California PBIS Coalition (CPC). Altamont Creek Elementary, Croce Elementary, Junction Avenue K-8, and Rancho Las Positas Elementary were awarded bronze implementation awards for the 2018-19 school year in the CPC’s first statewide recognition.

PBIS is a set of proactive strategies for defining, teaching and supporting constructive student behaviors that, in turn, create positive school environments. PBIS plays a critical role in the multi-tiered system of support in LVJUSD’s Framework for Success. “Our approach to whole-child learning includes supporting the behavioral,
social-emotional and academic needs of our students. Research shows that using PBIS to improve the social and behavioral atmosphere in the classroom leads to enhanced academic success,” shared LVJUSD Superintendent Dr. Kelly Bowers.

“Our focus is on preventing problems. Rather than assuming students should know how to behave, we work hard to teach, model and reinforce what positive behavior looks like in all areas of the school from the classroom, to the lunchroom, to the playground,” said Tara Aderman, principal of Altamont Creek Elementary.

All schools agreed that their success in implementing PBIS was tied to making it part of their school’s culture. “At Junction, positive behavior is what it means to ‘Be a Bulldog’,” said principal Dana Taylor. Promoting strategies for extending the PBIS mindset outside the classroom has also proved successful. Taylor added, “Our teachers have shared age-appropriate PBIS strategies with their parents for supporting positive behavior at home.”

All four recognized schools were part of the initial PBIS cohort organized by LVJUSD for the 2018-19 school year. For the 2019-20 school year, all District schools will be incorporating PBIS into their behavioral framework. “We look forward to building on our PBIS strategies at all levels to continue expanding our students’ behavioral aptitudes and academic growth,” said Mike Biondi, Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services for LVJUSD.