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Positive Acknowledgements With Students (PAWS)

posted Jun 7, 2012, 8:33 AM by Iris Meehan
This year in our school we have worked to develop a comprehensive program for teaching explicit behavioral expectations to students. This program has consisted of there major components:

-Screening all students to identify those who may need behavioral supports beyond the scope of this school wide program and arranging for appropriate evaluations and/or supports, such as small groups to meet with the school counselor or individual counseling to occur for identified students.
-Identify and teach explicit behavioral expectations, as well as model these behaviors across various school settings.
-Acknowledge and reward students who increase their compliance with expected behaviors and those who consistently meet these expectations. We have been on the look out to "catch students being good".

Our PAWS program has been in place for four months now. We will conclude the program this year with a PAWS Celebration on Monday, June 11th at 1:00 p.m. Parents and community members are welcome to join us for this celebration. After the children leave for the summer and during part of the final teacher days of this school year, we will begin to reflect, refine and plan for how we will continue this valuable program next year.
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