Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports
Schools are successful when they help children develop academically, socially, and emotionally. A safe, supportive environment will cultivate this growth. Therefore, it is our goal to create a positive atmosphere for optimal learning. To that end, we are have set forth clear social and behavioral expectations which we are teaching and positively reinforcing with students. Below is some information on our approach.
At Prudence Crandall School we have developed a set of core values called PRIDE. These values guide our daily interactions and provide a common vocabulary for staff and students.
Common expectations allow for consistency in all areas of the school which helps the students succeed. These were explicitly taught and modeled at the start of the school year. Students know how to demonstrate PRIDE throughout their day and in various locations. For example, respect looks like having hands by your sides when walking down the hallway, so that no one is touching students’ work on bulletin boards. Students have had many opportunities to practice these expectations and will be retaught as needed.
When students struggle to meet expectations, we focus on using preventative, teaching strategies to help students become more successful. Examples of these strategies include: reflection sheets, role playing, opportunities to fix situations (apology, clean mess, complete work, etc), re-teaching expectations, and teaching replacement behaviors.
Students are reinforced for demonstrating our core values. We have grade-level awards such as the “Golden Sneaker” award for hallway behavior, “Golden Specials” award for best specials behavior, and more. Staff also positively rewards their classes and individual students.