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

posted Feb 3, 2011, 8:33 AM by Cheryle Kennelly   [ updated Feb 3, 2011, 8:35 AM by Brian Meyer ]
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.