LOS ANGELES, March 29, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- KIPP LA middle schools have a powerful tool in a behavior-tracking app that helps reward students for good choices and build a school culture that supports learning.
LiveSchool automates paperwork-heavy behavior tracking systems with a school-wide platform that makes sharing information and enforcing consistent rules and rewards easy.
The app is among the education-related technologies showcased this week at the International Conference on Positive Behavior Support in San Diego. The conference runs through Saturday, March 30.
"User-friendly technology offers a golden opportunity to assist teachers and schools in the delivery of positive behavior reinforcements," says Tim Knoster, Executive Director of the Association for Positive Behavior Support. He's also a behavior expert, author of a classroom management guide and Bloomsburg University professor.Emphasizing positive behavior is particularly important in schools such as KIPP LA, a charter school network, where students often enroll two to four grade levels behind. "Middle school students are going through a lot," says Archana Patel, school leader at Academy of Opportunity, one of three KIPP LA middle schools using LiveSchool. "The environment doesn't always message that being good in school makes you a cool person. "Our positive behavior system tracks individual choices but also is designed to shift school culture," she says. Research shows a high ratio of positive to negative feedback supports successful relationships, whether in a marriage, on the job or at school, and LiveSchool connects hard work with acknowledgement and success. Students in grades 5 and 6 earn points and redeem them for field trips, college tours and special in-school events that reinforce learning. In grades 7 and 8, students can lose points as well as earn them.