Keys to success when developing structure and support for behavior prevention in education.
by Megan Madlena
At Step Up 2 Success, why do we believe in:
* Low Intensity Prevention
* Early Stage Interventions
* De-escalation Strategies?
Because when kids win, we all win!
When we develop High Structure combined with High Support we can build our educational systems around High Success. While we cannot control behavior or outbursts, we can work to build programs that are geared for prevention, systems that create collaborative support and that adapt best practices which expand our ability to be effective.
What do we do as a behavior team when students don’t respond?
First, we must understand that there are multiple causes for student misbehavior. Whenever a situation escalates we want to ensure that we constantly remind ourselves and our teams to respond in three key ways – early, calmly and consistently.
Developing learning targets for educational behavior support teams
As part of our overall vision we want to develop learning targets. Learning targets set benchmarks for how all participants will:
Understand adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) as a behavior support team
Understanding Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) means changing our frame of reference from asking a student, “What’s wrong with you?” to trying to understand the broader perspective of, “What happened to you in your life that is causing this escalation?” By expanding our view of our role in this system of positive behavior intervention systems can help us respond to students misbehavior with High Support.
Key: Students with high ACES live in fight or flight mode, it is our job to recognize this and respond (early, calmly and consistently).
“I’ve come to the frightening conclusion that I am the decisive element in my classroom. It is my personal approach that creates the climate. It is my daily mood that makes the weather…in all situations, it is my response that decides whether a crisis will be escalated or de-escalated and a child humanized or de-humanized.” - Haim Ginott, School Teacher and Child Psychologist
Consistently communicating behavior support values to prepare for experiences
In the heat of the moment when a student is escalated, especially when there is a violent, vulgar or vociferous outburst, it is difficult to remember these principles. Yet, it is in exactly these moments that we need to be engaged with our vision for positive student intervention.
Step Up 2 Success can help prepare your team for behavior prevention success
We invest in building High Structure to attempt to prevent misbehavior. We invest in High Support so that we can collaboratively respond to situations where interventions are necessary. We continually learn and grow our capacity so that we can strive for High Success. We have an important role to play in helping the underserved feel supported in an equitable system – to humanize those who may be difficult.
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