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The Essential Traits of a Positive School Climate

Summary:  This article, aimed at school principals, names four essential characteristics of a positive school climate.  These are strong relationships, academic expectations coupled with strong supports, consistent expectations for behavior, and collection of feedback and adjustments.   Source:  Arianna Prothero, Education Week, October 13, 2020 Description:  “The single most important job of the principal is creating …

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The Role of Emotion Co-Regulation in Discipline

Summary:  This article focuses on the importance of using SEL skills when dealing with behavioral problems – particularly for those students suffering from ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences).  The author underscores the importance that “Discipline ideally is not something we do to students—it should be a quality we want to develop within them.” Source:  Lori Desautels, Edutopia, October 15, 2019 …

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DC Elementary School Transforms Culture with Alternative Discipline

Summary:  When Langley Elementary, a Title I school in Washington, D.C., implemented the Conscious Discipline approach, its school culture improved significantly and suspension rates dropped, EdSurge reports, noting that the “top-to-bottom” reforms took around three years to yield positive results. Source:  Shawna De La Rosa, Education DIVE, October 16, 2019 Description:  “The Langley school reduced behavioral problems …

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Restorative Justice Programs Struggling Due to Lack of Funds

Summary: Some school districts are cutting restorative justice programs because of budget constraints.  The Oakland (CA) Unified School District is a prime example.  The primary need for funding is teacher training since research has shown the program to be more effective when teachers are properly trained to lead the sessions. Source:  Shawna de la Rosa, Education …

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Student Suspensions Plummeted in this New Jersey School District. Here’s How They Did it.

Summary:  This article presents the story of how the Morris School District (Morristown, NJ) used a system of restorative justice to dramatically change their approach to discipline issues.   Source:  Hannan Aderly, North Jersey Record, June 25, 2019 Description:  “The changes in the Morris district unfolded as schools across the state and nation are reckoning with …

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Study Correlates Positive School Climate, Fewer Suspensions

Summary:This article reports on a research study conducted by researchers at the University of Missouri and the University of Virginia which found that student suspensions could drop by 10% when schools work to develop a more positive school climate. Enforcing clear rules and building positive teacher-student relationships were two areas that helped to achieve these …

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Resource Officers Equipped with SEL Skills Can Help Reduce Bullying, Suspensions

Summary: Dr. Michael Gaskell, principal mentor through the NJEA Leaders to Leaders program, shares with eSchool News his insights regarding how to best use school resource officers (SROs) or school security officers (SSOs) as part of a disciplinary method to reduce bullying and divert offenders from suspension and direct involvement with law enforcement agencies. Source:Amelia Harper, …

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A Proactive Approach to Discipline

Summary: This article explores alternative approaches to discipline. These include Restorative Practices as well as well as supportive and responsive discipline. These are positive approaches to discipline where expected behavior is modeled and students have a say in the norms and rules that govern classroom behavior. Source: Marieke van Woerkom, Edutopia, October 26, 2018 Categories: Restorative Practices, Student …

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How Restorative Justice Helps Students Learn

Summary:This article is a good introduction to Restorative Justice (RJ), an approach that is used as a dicipline/behavioral measure that helps students return to a calm state and re-engage in the learning process. Source:Jacquelyn Richards, Edutopia, September 4, 2018 Categories: Restorative Practices, SEL Basics, Codes of Conduct, Student Behavior, School Culture and Climate Description: “Restorative justice (RJ) offers healthy alternatives …

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How Are School Districts Legally Responsible for Bullying?

Summary: This article summarizes schools’ legal responsibility to address bullying. Though the laws vary from state to state, certain key components remain constant, including the fact that these incidents must be investigated and properly reported. Source:Amelia Harper, Education DIVE, October 2, 2018 Categories: Anti-Bullying, Educational Equity, Codes of Conduct, Student Behavior Description: “The month of October has been designated as …

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