Positive reinforcement leads to school-wide change


Lincoln Middle School has seen a 92-percent increase in random acts of kindness since instituting a positive-behavior program

As the largest middle school in the state of New Jersey, Lincoln Middle School has struggled at times with student discipline. Chronic tardiness and fights on campus have been a problem for this school, which serves 1,800 7th- and 8th-grade students.

Traditional approaches to student discipline haven’t worked to change the school’s culture. Not only has punishment been largely ineffective as a deterrent, but it also erodes the
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