Student Behaviors Impacted by High School Implementation

posted Feb 3, 2011, 8:38 AM by Cheryle Kennelly
Willowbrook High School, DuPage County HSD 88, began their first year of school-wide implementation in 2007-08. Staff learned techniques to de-escalate problem behaviors and to teach students more positive behaviors, thereby reducing reliance on short-term solutions such as removal of students from the classroom. In 2008-09, decreases in discipline data showed evidence of changes in addressing student behavior. Assistant Principal Sam Bentsen attributes the school’s success in refocusing staff efforts to “teaching expectations to students and teaching expectations and philosophy to staff.” These trends continue into the 2009-10 school year, with a 65% decline   in first-quarter classroom-referred office discipline referrals (ODRs), when compared to data for the same time period in 2008-09.