The Boy's Town Specialized Classroom Management Model (SCM) is a research based program used to teach, shape and reinforce appropriate behaviors, connecting directly to the vision and mission of Lincoln Heights as we work to prepare students for life outside of our school. Using the SCM model helps to promote a safer environment and helps to empower the students to take ownership of their actions, advocate for themselves and learn appropriate ways to express themselves when feeling frustrated. One of the key components of this program is the Social Skills Curriculum which focuses on 16 social skills. To view the 16 Social Skills, along with steps for each skill, please visit the following link: http://www.sppswaterloo.org/misc/Boys_Town.pdf
The Boys Town SCM model is a motivation system, in addition to a social skills program, as it uses a token economy and consists of three levels: Daily, Progress, and Merit. Each student carries a point sheet with him/her corresponding to their level. Students earn positive points for appropriate behaviors and negative points for inappropriate behaviors. The teaching of behaviors enters when a student earns negative points for inappropriate behaviors. The student can earn positive points back by processing appropriate or replacement behaviors for the inappropriate behavior noted. Students also earn positive points for academics. Students can move up in levels by earning positive points and buying bonds with their points. Once a student reaches the Merit level he or she is eligible to apply to transition out of Lincoln Heights to a less restrictive setting.