Student Behavior

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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How Teachers Can Encourage Moral Behavior

Summary:  This article talks about the importance of understanding the dangers of moral disengagement and how it leads to negative perceptions and bullying behaviors.  Educators need to understand how transgressors use moral disengagement to “disengage their moral self-sanctions from their detrimental conduct.” Source:  Albert Bandura, Ed Week, October 14, 2020 Description:  “One striking finding of …

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The Starts and Stumbles of Restorative Justice in Education: Where Do We Go from Here?

Summary:  This policy brief reviews the current state of implementation of Restorative Justice In Education (RJE) and makes several recommendations for schools, researchers, and policy makers.  The authors focus on the importance of a principle-based, comprehensive, and equity-based approach, consideration for the development of contextually sensitive, strategic, and long-term implementation plans and practices, and that …

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Creating a Learning Environment Where All Kids Feel Valued

Summary:  This article suggests five steps that will help you increase the feeling of belonging in your classroom.  The lesson plan that is offered will help students understand and appreciate differences in themselves and in their classmates.  These steps help to build a positive culture and climate in the classrooms. Source:  Shana V. White, Edutopia, October 9, 2019 …

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Assigned Cafeteria Seating Can Improve School Culture

Summary: This article reports on a potential benefits of assigned cafeteria seating.  The practice in two schools in Wisconsin is felt to help students develop social-emotional skills.   Source:  Shawna De La Rosa, Education DIVE, October 25, 2019 Description:  “Eliminating isolation, breaking down cliques and encouraging interaction across all ages and social groups ultimately improves school culture. While this …

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5 Communities Receive $30K in Grants Supporting SEL

Summary:  This article shares the results of the America’s Promise “How Learning Happens” Program.  The grant awards are meant to support SEL efforts both within and outside of schools by bringing a community focus to the work done in SEL.   Source: Shawna De La Rosa Education DIVE, September 20, 2019 Description:  “America’s Promise Alliance has awarded $30,000 …

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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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5 Effective Ways to Help Students Reduce Stress and Anxiety

Summary:  This article address the problem of student stress and anxiety and how this affects classroom behavior.  The author has implemented SEL strategies to help students (and himself) deal with stress. Source:  Brent Modak, eSchool News, June 19, 2019 Description:  “In order for social and emotional learning (SEL) to be effective, opportunities to engage with SEL activities must be …

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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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