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Step 3: Teaching the Behavior Expectations
Step 3: Teaching the Behavior Expectations

At the heart of the proactive approach to establishing and maintaining a positive school culture in this book is the position that the schoolwide behavior expectations are a set of skills that need to be directly taught to the students. In effect, the same teaching principles and strategies employed to provide instruction for academic, sport, music, and social skills are used to teach the schoolwide expectations (see Chapter 2). This approach of systematically teaching prosocial behavior has been a common practice in many schools and districts over the past three decades, with well-documented effectiveness in establishing desirable behavior and reducing problem behavior (Colvin, Kame’enui, and Sugai, 1993; Cotton, 2000; Horner, Sugai, & Lewis, ...

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