n Journal of Emerging Trends in Educational Research and Policy Studies - Mentoring strategies for decreasing suspensions of students with behavioral disorders

Volume 5, Issue 7
  • ISSN : 2141-6990
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In 2006, nearly 3.3 million students in the United States received out of school suspensions, demonstrating that exclusionary discipline is on the rise and a frequently used practice in schools across the country. Studies have shown that behaviors such as disobedience, inappropriate language, disrespect, defiance, disruption and excessive noise are the most frequent reasons for office referrals. There is a need for effective strategies to decrease disruptive behaviors. Mentoring relationships that incorporate Positive Behavior Support (PBS) strategies are effective for a student who display disruptive behaviors in the classroom setting and decreases the need for more intensive levels of behavioral support. One specific mentoring intervention that has been used to decrease students' disruptive behavior is Check-in Check-out. Check-in Check-out (CICO) is a type of mentoring program used at both the elementary and secondary levels. This research-based intervention is a component of PBS and is a secondary level of support for the 5-15% of students who have not responded to instruction on school wide expectations and are at-risk of dropping out. This paper talks about the need for CICO, the positive effects of CICO, and the steps for implementation.

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