Disengagement Problems Disguised as Discipline Problems

In this article, a long-time principal discusses her school’s work to decrease behavior incidents by increasing student engagement. The school created an Incident Reduction Plan which included efforts to deescalate incidents as well identify and change punitive policies and practices that inadvertently contributed to incidents. The staff recognized that many incidents were the result of student disengagement and worked to build a positive culture, establish stronger relationships between student and staff, and increase opportunities for student voice.

This article provides a deep look at ways to approach discipline in a more student-centered way and would be a good read for any school administrator.

Source Organization: ASCD

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