School Climate Transformation

We are determined to increase academic success, address behavioral problems and develop positive school climates at seven schools with this ambitious technology-oriented project.

 

POSITIVE BEHAVIOR SUPPORT

A positive behavior support framework is a way for schools to maximize academic and social behavior outcomes by teaching behavioral expectations in the same manner as any core curriculum subject.

It is not a packaged curriculum, scripted intervention, or manualized strategy. Administrators and staff work together to develop behavioral expectations that are positively stated and easy to remember. In other words, rather than telling students what not to do, schools focus on preferred behaviors.

All seven schools in our program have created their own positive behavior framework, and this program gives them the assistance they need to implement and scale up their efforts.

 

ON-SITE SOCIAL WORKERS

Psychiatric Social Workers are a special type of licensed clinical social worker that provide mental health services to individuals with high needs. Our program provides each school with a Psychiatric Social Worker to help teach and implement these frameworks, provide intensive supports for students exhibiting risky behavior and individualized support for students with the highest mental health needs.

Our social workers also work with teachers, staff and Master’s level interns from The University of Southern California School of Social Work at each site.

 

HI-TECH RIPPLE EFFECTS

We have also integrated a computerized method to address behavior issues and the reasons behind them. Our schools use a software based system called Ripple Effects to reinforce their positive behavior frameworks.

This system has undergone extensive school based evaluations over the last 10 years and is proven to reduce truancy and discipline referrals while improving grades. The software offers interventions matched to student needs.

Built-in tools allow schools to easily check if students are using the software and mastering the content.

A key dividend is that staff will no longer need to manually collect or administer assessments to measure students usage or gains. This data-driven approach helps teachers quickly identify students strengths and areas for additional instruction.

 

CONTACT

Angelica Solis
Chief Community Development Officer

6464 Sunset Blvd., Suite 650 
Los Angeles, CA 90028

asolis@ypiusa.org
213.688.2802

 

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