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Chapter 1: Guiding Principles in Providing Quality Education for All Students
For several years, educators have been encouraged by the significant gains demonstrated by some schools and districts (www.pbis.org). Unfortunately, these success stories are often limited in scope, short term in duration, and small in numbers. More troubling, these gains are not demonstrated in a meaningful manner and scale where the need is greatest, that is, in neighborhoods and cities disadvantaged by poverty, gang violence, unemployment, and substance abuse. Although we have a few “pockets” of excellence, an overwhelming number of schools and districts show chronic and mediocre rates of academic achievement and social behavior competence.
In this chapter, we emphasize and describe nine critical guiding principles that can ...