November 28, 2018 (Morganton, NC) – Bridgeway Solutions is working with administrators at H.L. Trigg Community School in Elizabeth City, NC to implement ScholarChip’s Alternative Behavior Educator, ABE. ScholarChip’s ABE with Ripple Effects is an interactive software that leads students to take responsibility for their actions, acknowledge their conduct, and learn positive behavior alternatives. ABE provides at-risk students with stronger decision-making skills, resiliency, and encourages academic success.
The ScholarChip-ABE with Ripple Effects program:
One of H.L. Trigg’s primary goals is to reduce the number of out-of-school suspensions, and this program is set up to help them achieve that goal.
In mid-December, ScholarChip will continue training H.L. Trigg administrators on using ABE with Ripple Effects. Bridgeway will continue to assist with any issues or concerns H.L. Trigg administrators and teachers may have during the implementation phase.
Why is Behavior Modification Important & Why is There a Need for It?
Bullying and school violence are among the leading causes of absences for students in the United States.
Each absence takes away from the education of the student and makes the educator’s job more time-consuming and taxing. When students don’t show up for class, the school’s budget can also be affected (the more a student shows up, the more a school gets for each student).
Taking all of these factors into consideration, it makes sense to start with the root of the problem: behavior.
How do you keep Johnny from begging his mom to stay home because Taylor is bullying him?
How do you create a welcoming, healthy environment that makes students feel safe when they’re at school, in a country where the fear of mass shootings is so understandably prevalent?
By teaching them about brain responses, providing them with tools to understand how their actions affect others and how they can change for the better, and letting them know that you care about them enough to want to see them be the best they can be.
Less than three months into 2018, there have been 11 shootings, already making this year among the worst on record.”*
Is it any wonder why students would rather stay home than go to school?
Bruce D. Perry, a psychiatrist and expert on childhood trauma, says, “It’s no longer the default that going to school is going to make you feel safe … Even kids who come from middle-class and upper-class communities literally don’t feel safe in schools.”
Added to the list of other school emergency procedures is lockdown drills - an added security measure, sure, but also another way that students can feel as if at any moment, that drill can turn into real life.
Whether a student fears a school shooting or being bullied, their cognitive responses are not normal, therefore they aren’t adequately equipped to learn.
Lori Desautels of Edutopia writes that “a traumatized brain can also be a tired, hungry, worried, rejected, or detached brain expressing feelings of isolation, worry, angst, and fear … The neurobiological changes from negative experiences cause our emotional brain to create a sensitized fear response … Chronic activation of the fear response can damage other parts of the brain responsible for cognition and learning.”
ScholarChip-ABE with Ripple Effects is designed for the success of every student, with a focus on improving behavior and social success.
One of the ways that ScholarChip-ABE can help improve student behavior and learn social skills is with their banking game.
The Banking Game is a point-based system that keeps track of positive and negative behaviors. You can create a reward system intended for the entire school, or let teachers set rewards based on achievement levels. Points can be given and taken away in real-time. There are consequences or reinforcements set for low point amounts and a notification will trigger for educators and/or administrators if a student drops below a certain amount.
If you’re a PBIS school, ScholarChip's ABE program can
Teachers can choose to display a Game Screen in class to show behavioral leader boards, which could help motivate students practice positive behaviors so they can see their names at the top of the leader board. This program aims to move inappropriate student behavior toward positive, successful behavior by teaching students, through age-appropriate and relatable content, better social behavior.
It also allows teachers to learn and discuss appropriate action for students who may be at-risk sooner than they could, thus thwarting what could be potentially dangerous behavior if left untreated for too long. If you want to curb a student’s bullying behavior or want to teach a student a way to react in a tough situation, ABE with Ripple Effects can help.
To learn more about ScholarChip-ABE, check out these white papers and case studies. https://www.scholarchip-abe.com/white-papers
Read more about our Bridgeway Solutions’ work with H.L. Trigg at
Daily Advance. http://www.dailyadvance.com/News/2018/11/26/Program-analyzes-student-behavior.html
To learn more about how Bridgeway Solutions and ScholarChip can help your school with ABE, contact one of our friendly and knowledgeable Sales Consultants or visit https://www.bridgewayid.com/scholarchip.html.
*The Washington Post found an average of 10 school shootings per year since Columbine in a recent year-long study.