Lucy Franklin Elementary School (Blue Springs, MO). LFE staff fully appreciate that the quality and character of school life is based on patterns of stakeholders’ experiences and reflects norms, goals, values, interpersonal relationships, teaching and learning practices, and organizational structures. Specific topics have been addressed to affect LFE climate and culture, including health, wellness, and personal safety (e.g., Olweus bully prevention program, Drug Abuse Resistance Education); governance (e.g., shared decision making); relationship building (e.g., Chat N’ Chew); diversity (e.g., Ruby Payne training); behavior management (e.g., Blue Springs Best, monthly classroom recognition, tangible incentives); interventions/enrichment (e.g., RtI, E/LA and math tutoring; extra reading, writing, and computer time); work showcases (e.g., PTA K-5 music performances, PTA Reflections contest, Art and Writing Fairs); and reinforcement (e.g., notes, phone calls, and emails home).
LFE students are challenged to grow academically and are accountable for setting, monitoring, and reporting achievement. Interpersonal and inter-group relations are fostered, and social and emotional skills are taught via a proactive, prevention framework that promotes pro-social development, de-escalation, and problem avoidance using self-regulating and higher-tiered intervention strategies that seek to meet student needs prior to displays of inappropriate behaviors. Social and emotional learning helps students develop fundamental life skills, including recognizing and managing emotions; developing caring and concern for others; establishing positive relationships; making responsible decisions; and handling challenging situations constructively and ethically. Such skills help prevent negative behaviors and the resulting disciplinary consequences.