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Circle of Courage Based on “Reclaiming Youth At Risk”, by Larry K. Brendtro-Martin Brokenleg-Steve Van Bockern Premise: Youth act out due to unmet needs.

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1 Circle of Courage Based on “Reclaiming Youth At Risk”, by Larry K. Brendtro-Martin Brokenleg-Steve Van Bockern Premise: Youth act out due to unmet needs in four areas: Belonging Mastery Independence Generosity

2 Circle of Courage Belonging-Within the value of belonging, youth learn to become a respectful part of a group Belonging is demonstrated by being: Friendly-caring-cooperative-trusting- respectful-having healthy relationships

3 Circle of Courage Mastery-Within the value of mastery, youth learn how to achieve their goals Mastery is demonstrated by being: Creative-persistent-competent-self- motivated-a problem solver-accepting of challenges

4 Circle of Courage Independence-Within the value of independence, youth learn how to demonstrate personal responsibility Independence is demonstrated by being: Assertive-confident-showing leadership- using empowerment-demonstrating self- control-a problem solver-demonstrating self-discipline

5 Circle of Courage Generosity-Within the value of generosity, youth learn how to contribute positively to others Generosity is demonstrated by being: Caring-sharing with others-supportive – helpful-compassionate-showing social concerns

6 Circle of Courage IJH has adopted this program model as the core values of our program Using the format and system provided by PBS program efforts, we have been able to operationalize the behaviors expected in all of our major routines for cottage and school around the four core values of the Circle of Courage These expectations are taught on a routine basis throughout campus

7 STUDENTSSTAFF CLASSROOMHALLWAYCLASSROOMHALLWAY MASTERY Achieving your goals >Give your best effort. >Use time wisely. >Participate actively. >Report directly to assigned area in an orderly manner. > Apply youth’s individualized programs. >Seek professional growth. >Use student strengths while improving upon deficits. >Promote life long learning. >Determine motivation for behavior & act accordingly. >Monitor hallway movement. BELONGING Being a respectful part of a group >Use courtesy skills with others. >Work cooperatively within a group/team. >Keep verbal interactions appropriate. >Use courtesy skills with others. >Preserve student dignity. >Develop traditions within the classroom. >Accommodate special needs. >Model appropriate social behavior. >Welcome & greet each student into class. GENEROSITY Contributing positively to others >Share knowledge & resources. >Speak kindly of/to others. >>Respect other’s personal space. >Acknowledge appropriate behaviors (5:1 pos to neg) >Share knowledge. >Be supportive when possible. >Recognize the efforts of others. >Acknowledge appropriate behaviors. INDEPENDENCE Demonstrating personal responsibility >Take responsibility for your work/learning. >Follow the classroom rules. >Be on time to your next area. >Meet deadlines. >Be consistent with agreed upon expectations. >Develop a safe & consistent atmosphere. >Use the graded system of intervention. >Follow IJH policies & procedures. >Ensure safety.

8 Circle of Courage Behavioral Expectation Matrix Expectations by Setting Mastery: achieving your goals. Belonging: being a respectful part of a group. Generosity: contributing positively to others. Independence: demonstrating personal responsibility. 1. GroupApplies skills taught in groups Listens to othersGives positive feedback/Takes turns Is prepared and on time 2. Scheduled Recreation Displays good sportsmanship Actively participatesEncourages othersCompletes activity 3. Lounge/LeisureStructures own time wellShows willingness to compromise with peers Respectful of others’ space and property Observes time limits 4. Bedtime RoutineIs in bed and quiet when lights are out Respects others’ privacy and area Contributes to a quiet environment Completes responsibilities before bedtime 5. Meals/SnacksDemonstrates table manners Uses good conversation skills, tone and topic Expresses appreciation for food served Exercises positive nutritional choices 6. Hygiene/ShowerMaintains good hygiene practices Respects others’ privacy Cleans up after themselves Organizes supplies/Observes time limits

9 7. InfirmaryMaintains safety for self and others Works to return to cottage Respects others and property Completes expectations 8. Restricted AreasAccepts and follows limits of restriction Actively works to rejoin group Respects time and activities of others Shows initiative in completing responsibilities 9. Line Ups/ Movement Goes directly to designated area as instructed Respect personal boundaries Be courteous in lineGet in line quickly when called/Remain there 10. Cottage CleaningFollows directions/Complete task completely without re-do Works together cooperatively Helps others with their chore Organizes tasks 11. Morning RoutineCleans up personal space Is patient, pleasant and respectful Willingly takes turns getting ready/Picks up after others Gets out of bed without complaining/Stay on time 12. Special event/ Assembly/Field Trip Stays focused on event expectations. Polite and courteous to others. Helps others at event/activity. Completes on- campus responsibilities prior to event/activity. 13. Medical ServicesFollows medical instructions Is respectful and considerate to medical personnel Demonstrates consideration to other’s health needs Demonstrates responsibility in obtaining medical services

10 Circle of Courage Once behavioral expectations are taught, regular reinforcement is provided to youth who demonstrate the desired behaviors Reinforcement is provided through the use of “courage slips” as positive acknowledgement of the demonstrated behavior or value

11 Circle of Courage Reinforcement: Attempt to provide 4/1 or 5/1 positives to negatives in working with youth Courage slips are used ONLY as positive reinforcement-slips would not be given as a note of the absence of something, or as a notation of not demonstrating expected behavior

12 Circle of Courage Activities that celebrate achievement and support recognition of desired behaviors are held throughout campus These include monthly awards assembly, positive week rewards activities, special outings, a COC store where youth may purchase items

13 Circle of Courage Circle of Courage programs should embody a welcoming environment where dignity, respect, and kindness are the values we live by and demonstrate to others, both youth and staff, throughout all levels of the organization By establishing environments within our milieus that support these values, and provide a culture of support, this goal will be achieved


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