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Strategic Integration for Behavior

School-wide behavioral expectations are integrated into both typical school settings and less common school settings.


School-wide expectations are explicitly taught for common school settings. Schools also teach students to apply the expectations in new and novel situations. One example includes specific strategies to ensure students demonstrate school-wide expectations with a substitute teacher.

When a substitute is present, the school-wide expectations are still in place. Schools will often have teaching staff include a plan for a substitute that includes a quick review of the school-wide expectations and having the substitute teacher increase the use of the immediate, high-frequency predictable acknowledgements (e.g., tickets) throughout the day to reinforce the demonstration of the behavioral expectations.

Schools also apply the school-wide expectations to new or novel environments. For example, in some secondary settings, athletic coaches take the school-wide expectations and develop a behavioral matrix specific to various settings (e.g., practice, home games, away games, locker rooms). A behavioral matrix can also be developed for a field trip or after-school events.

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