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System of positive rewards to reduce student discipline takes off in California

Ed Source – Lee Romney

“Ten-year-old Ja’Vonie Morris sat in her school principal’s office on a recent day — not for the misbehavior that got her in so much trouble back in 3rd grade, but to show off her accomplishments under a schoolwide strategy that used positive reinforcement to help her turn things around.” (more)

Disproportionality in Student Discipline: Connecting Policy to Research

Education Next – Nora Gordon

“Major racial disparities in student discipline rates have been documented for decades. Most recently, the 2013-14 Civil Rights Data Collection (CRDC) documented that black students, who make up 16 percent of enrollment, accounted for 40 percent of suspensions nationally. The Obama Administration made these disparities a major policy priority, expanding the CRDC and releasing policy guidance on discrimination in school discipline. Betsy DeVos told reporters just two months ago that she is “looking closely” at the rules, and advocacy efforts on both sides are heating up.” (more)

Restorative justice in UK schools ‘could help reduce exclusions’

The Guardian – Sally Weale

” Campaigners are urging the government to support the introduction of ‘restorative practice’ which prioritises conflict resolution over punishment in schools following alarm at an increase in the number of pupils being excluded. The Restorative Justice Council (RJC), best known for its work in the criminal justice system bringing offenders face to face with their victims, wants to expand its existing work in schools as a means of reducing the number of exclusions.”(more)

Courage To Change: What It Takes to Shift to Restorative Discipline

KQED News Mind/Shift – Katrina Schwartz

“The Knowledge is Power Program (KIPP) has become well known in the charter school movement for getting low-income kids into college. But KIPP schools also have a reputation for strict discipline and classroom management practices that require conformity. Over the past decade, many KIPP schools have been shifting their strategies, moving from strict no-excuses style discipline to restorative practices. There’s a recognition among educators in the network, and outside of it, that kids need opportunities at school to practice the social and emotional skills that will help them be resilient after they graduate.”(more)

Psychiatrists suggest administrators address students’ underlying perceptions in discipline

Education Dive – Roger Riddell

“Greater attention to the school-to-prison pipeline — a phenomenon that has seen a particularly disproportionate number of students of color funneled into the criminal justice system over minor infractions via “zero-tolerance” discipline policies — is resulting in a rethinking of approaches to student behavioral discipline. Approaches that have contributed to the pipeline ultimately haven’t addressed the underlying behavior, and class time lost as a result of related suspensions and expulsions have only contributed to recidivism and drop-out rates.”(more)