How One High School’s Staff Raise Student Achievement

By Erin Harris | Posted on 05.15.2014 | 0 comments
Staff at Chaparral Continuation High School in San Dimas, CA know that focusing on the positive can help prevent problem behavior.

Staff attitudes and behaviors affect student attitudes and behaviors, so when staff host events such as the Renaissance celebration, which showcases student voices, it helps kids replace feelings of alienation and aggression with hope and happiness.

The school’s dean, Joe Hanson, is a Nonviolent Crisis Intervention® Certified Instructor who trains his coworkers in CPI’s techniques for crisis prevention and intervention. Regarding the CPI strategies, he told the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin: “If you apply this to every relationship, not just here at school with sometimes troubled students, you’ll find you can calm situations down before they spiral out of control and end in acting-out behavior.”

Hanson and fellow faculty and staff build positive relationships with students and pioneer community-based projects such as Dreams to Reality, in which they honor students for making strides with positive behavior, academic achievement, attendance improvement, and other successes.

Learn more in "La Verne and San Dimas Students Recognized for Personal Progress."

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