Levin/Shanken-Kaye Associates strives to prevent disruptive and delinquent
behavior, encourage accountability, achievement, integrity, and duty to others,
through a model of adult/youth interaction which emphasizes trusting,
caring and respectful relationships and the use of effective, expert instruction. These
outcomes are facilitated when students experience successful learning environments.
Successful learning environments are created by:
- facilitating the success of all students, regardless of ability
level or previous accomplishments,
- encouraging intrinsic motivation by developing meaningful learning experiences and by
eliminating extrinsic and coercive incentives, and
- providing opportunities for the development of pro-social self-esteem
relationships, the growth of competence, opportunities to help others, and recognizing
that one's outcomes in life are dependent upon the choices an individual makes.
When students are not experiencing a successful learning environment,
evidenced by academic failure and/or by disruptive behavior, adherents to the
Self-Control Classroom model attempt to re-establish a successful learning environment.
This is accomplished by stressing both adult and student accountability and by using
strategies that protect and continue to build student success, intrinsic motivation
and pro-social self-esteem through the use of encouragement and consequences, by protecting
the learning environment of all other students, and by teaching appropriate behavior.