Safe and Civil Schools Approach. Safe and Civil Schools material is designed to teach school personnel to apply behavior analysis in humane and respectful ways. Key Terms in that simple statement: Behavior analysis Apply Humane Respectful. Behavior Analysis.
Safe and Civil Schools material is designed to teach school personnel to apply behavior analysis in humane and respectful ways.
Key Terms in that simple statement:
“ When you want to convert someone to your view, you go over to where he is standing, take him by the hand and guide him.”
-Saint Thomas Aquinas
Staff should be knowledgeable about how to modify the four variables
Conscious construction of school and classroom climate (e.g., schedules, physical space, procedures, coordination, and consistency of staff.)
Consistent and detailed expectations taught in age-appropriate ways ( e.g., lessons across time..sports coaching model)
Contingent (meaningful) positive feedback and non-contingent attention (e.g., ratios of interaction)
Instructional corrective techniques when students lack information and mildly punitive techniques when needed (e.g., fluent corrections that maintain instructional flow and do not provide unnecessary attention to the misbehavior)
“ We should take care not to make the intellect our god; it has, of course, powerful muscles, but no personality”.
“Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts.”
-From a sign hanging in Einstein’s office at Princeton
Treating people humanely and with dignity is a pre-requisite if students are to feel connected to school.
It is possible to over-structure, or to structure in demeaning ways
Lessons can create an assumption of high or low expectations and compliance or non-compliance
Positive feedback can feel impersonal and manipulative or generous and sincere in intent.
Corrective consequences can feel coercive and mean-spirited or supportive and instructional.
Treating people with respect provides a foundation for building social/emotional relationships.
Positive relationships between students and adults create an entirely different, and far richer, context for the four variables
The results of doing all these things well can be: