CVUSD Transformational Model Goals:

To foster a school environment where students feel welcomed and interconnected; acquire social-emotional skills and academic tools; and increase positive school relations and attendance.

CVUSD Transformational Model Objectives

  • Provide district staff with Professional Development on the MTSS components of: PBIS, Transformational Learning, and Restorative Practices;

  • Build a district community providing Social-Emotional Learning while modeling targeted behavior interventions and utilizing common language to establish community expectations;

  • Model, Teach and Acknowledge tools to Self-Regulate, strengthen Coping Skills for all CVUSD community members in order to improve mental wellbeing and increase academic success;

  • Provide a healthy learning environment for students and staff to build positive relationships and interpersonal skills.

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Coachella Valley Unified School District began developing the Transformational Model in 2017 with a team made up of Teachers, Administrators, Therapists, Parents and Students.


Teaching the students of the Coachella Valley Unified School District to be able to: 

  • Adapt to new environments/experiences

  • Connect with and value themselves, their community and culture

  • Restore relationships if harm has occurred. 

CVUSD Universal Expectations PBIS


Transformational Components

What does the Transformational Model look like in our school?


Adapt to new environments/experiences.   

Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS)

  • Targeted Behaviors: Each school selects 3 behaviors for the year to target as a school site to improve academic success.
  • CVUSD Universal Expectations:
    • Be Safe
    • Be Respectful
    • Be Responsible
  • Behavior Matrix: Each school creates and teaches expected behaviors for specific locations and activities (ex. playground, library, cafeteria)
  • PBIS Leads: Each school has a teacher assigned as the schools PBIS lead.
  • PBIS Rewards: Schools use the PBIS Rewards app for students to earn points for demonstrating good behaviors. These points can be redeemed for reward prizes.
  • PBIS Social Skills: Student are provided with instruction on the 16 Social Skills that all students should know in order to be successful in the school environment.
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Connect and value themselves, their community and culture

Transformational Learning

  • Students at taught that they all have a Significant Purpose.
  • Lessons build connections to the communities the student belongs to:
    • Family
    • School
    • Community
    • Culture
    • Global Community
  • Lessons are focused around themes that build a sense of belonging and mutual respect, acknowledging that all people are unique and have value.
  • Schools host Transformational Group Circles. All circles are hosted by trained facilitators for various programs to support students in a smaller group setting. Groups include:
    • Xinachtli
    • Joven Noble
    • Girasol
    • Community Building
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Restore relationships if harm has occurred. 

Restorative Justice

  • All classrooms are encouraged to participate in community building activities throughout the year.
  • The district is training staff in Harm & Conflict Circles to allow for conflict resolution.
  • Students (TK-12) are being taught to recognize their emotions and how to use coping skills and strategies to self regulate.
  • Whenever possible, mistakes are turned into teachable moments.
  • All sites utilize a Check In Check Out process to monitor and encourage positive behavioral changes.
  • Students returning to schools from placements are offered reintegration plans.
  • Students are encouraged to utilize forms restitution when harm has occurred.
  • The district utilizes a large variety of alternate means of correction.


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Restorative Circles
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