ERIC Number: ED417515
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
School-Wide Behavioral Management Systems. ERIC/OSEP Digest #E563.
Fitzsimmons, Mary K.
This digest reviews and summarizes what is known about effective school-wide behavioral management systems. Emphasis in such systems is on consistency throughout the building and across classrooms with the entire staff, both professional and nonprofessional, uniformly implementing common strategies. Common features of school-wide behavioral management systems are highlighted, including: (1) total staff commitment to managing behavior, whatever approach is taken; (2) clearly defined and communicated expectations and rules; (3) consequences and clearly stated procedures for correcting rule-breaking behaviors; (4) an instructional component for teaching students self-control and/or social skill strategies; and (5) a support plan to address the needs of students with chronic, challenging behaviors. Systems reviewed include Effective Behavioral Support, a school-wide process and individualized instruction designed to prevent and decrease problem behavior; expansion of placement options for students with behavioral and/or emotional disturbances; and Unified Discipline, a system which emphasizes unified attitudes, expectations, consequences, and team roles. A sample school-wide code of conduct is provided. (Contains 10 references.) (DB)
Descriptors: Behavior Change, Behavior Disorders, Behavior Problems, Discipline, Elementary Secondary Education, Interpersonal Competence, Intervention, Program Development, Program Effectiveness, School Role, Systems Approach
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Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Disabilities and Gifted Education, Reston, VA.