RED CEDAR ACADEMY
Red Cedar Academy uses a positive and proactive approach to teaching classroom and school behaviors. An emphasis is placed upon teaching self-control and responsibility. Every student has a stand a lone behavior plan attached to his or her IEP as well as annual goals that are embedded in the document. Most students can participate in the school-wide behavior management system. Red Cedar Academy's (RCA) primary behavioral program is STEPS TO SUCCESS Program which is modeled after The High Five Program that was modeled after the nationally recognized Program of Fern Ridge Middle School in Veneta, Oregon. The program offers a positive approach to school discipline. It is based on the assumption that staff can teach students how to behave in school. The STEPS TO SUCCESS Program alerts students to behave in the following areas:
* Be There-Be Ready
* Be Responsible
* Be Respectful
* Keep Hands and Feet to Self/Personal Space
* Follow Directions
The school-wide behavior management program is a three-tiered system comprised of building-wide interventions, classroom interventions and Behavior Intervention Plans. It is grounded on the assumption that all children and youth can learn new, alternative ways for obtaining their goals. Staff is committed to manage behavior in a positive and helpful manner.
School-wide interventions are designed to prevent and thus reduce the likelihood of serious behavior problems in the school setting. Elements of the school-wide system include: clear academic and behavioral expectations, and consistency among staff in the implementation of problem-solving social skills instruction and the token economy.
Classroom interventions build on and support the Academy's school-wide interventions. Elements of classroom interventions include routines that teach and support social behavior, a positive climate in which students can learn, incentive systems and frequent communication with families.
Classroom Expectations: Students are expected to be in their assigned classroom throughout the day. They may not enter other classroom, the school offices, workrooms, or other areas in the school without permission from school personnel.
Behavior Intervention Plan (BIP) comprise the third component of the Academy's school-wide behavior management system. Behavior intervention plans are developed for students who require intensive support to achieve in school and are subsequently included as part of the student's Individualized Education Program. A Behavior Intervention Plan consists of five elements: (a) identification of the problem behavior along with its hypothesized function, (b) description of the desired behavior, (c) development and implementation of an intervention and support plan, (d) Progress monitoring and (e) evaluation. Each of the STEPS are defined according to the specific setting in which the student performs. The STEPS TO SUCCESS Program incorporates the use of a token economy as part of its reinforcement plan.
Red Cedar Academy has incorporated an additional program into the STEPS TO SUCCESS program. Social Skills class is provided daily and concepts are based off the The "Character & Leadership" series, to expose the students to social issues and situations through the use of DVD's, student workbooks, and various activities.