Refinement of Universal Systems Leads to Decreases in ODRs at High School Level

posted Feb 3, 2011, 8:33 AM by Cheryle Kennelly
The universal team at Dundee Crown High School, Carpentersville SD 300, has been actively strengthening their universal system of behavioral supports. In the summer of 2009, the school changed to a simpler, three-item slogan that students and staff can easily recall: Be Respectful, Be Responsible, and Be Positive. These expectations were taught across settings using student- and staff- developed videos, as well as a big staff and student kickoff at the beginning of this school year. In the first quarter of 2009-10, overall referrals were down by 20% when compared to the same period last year, and gang related referrals have decreased by more than half.