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Step 4: Maintaining the Behavior Expectations
Step 4: Maintaining the Behavior Expectations

Once the first three phases in teaching the schoolwide behavioral expectations (acquisition, fluency, and generalization) have been taught, the next step is to systematically address the fourth stage in the learning process—maintenance. If this step is not taken in a planned manner, it is highly likely that some, perhaps many, students will discontinue displaying the targeted schoolwide expectations, and problem behavior will become more frequent. Several writers and researchers have reported that schools and classrooms must engage in specific activities in an ongoing manner to maintain previously taught skills, in this case schoolwide behavior (Alberto & Troutman, 2013; Colvin & Scott, 2015; Cooper, Heron, & Heward, 2007; Pinkelman, McIntosh, Rasplica, Berg, & Strickland-Cohen, ...

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