Key to Success: Pro-Social Peer Culture
What makes our Transitional Education Model so effective is the pro-social peer culture. Students are encouraged to hold one another accountable for their own behaviors—and it works. When students feel empowered and in control, they become invested in their own personal performance.
The pro-social peer culture within our programs engages and empowers students through the following standards and activities:
Three times per day, students gather to report on challenges and successes they’ve experienced throughout the day and receive constructive feedback.
Guided Group Interaction (GGI)
Students meet in small groups under the supervision of a trained staff member to discuss issues outside of school that interfere with behavior at school.
Six-Tiered Student Rating and Government System
As students climb their way up a six-tiered behavior rating system, they earn the opportunity to participate in student government, allowing them to become leaders and peer role models.
Use of Established Norms:
Through a set of explicit expected student behaviors, including a clearly defined student redirection and crisis management process, staff and students alike share a common set of campus rules and expectations.
Accountability and Motivation
Giving students a voice—a sense of ownership and responsibility for their own schooling—encourages them to feel accountable for their actions, behaviors, and personal performance at school every day.