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ERIC Number: ED168140
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Apr-18
Reference Count: 0
Designing and Implementing Effective In-School Alternatives to Suspension.
Mizell, M. Hayes
Because of widespread disillusion with suspension as a discipline procedure, school officials are developing inschool alternative programs. Institution of such a program must begin with reflection about how current disciplinary programs are succeeding or failing. The primary purposes of the program must include helping the child and identifying the root problems of disciplinary offenses. The referral must be sufficiently documented, afford due process rights, and last no more than three days without a review. The alternative facility must be removed from normal traffic patterns and provide appropriate study materials. The carefully selected staff must include individuals who want to work in the program with children who have problems and who can relate well with problem youngsters of different classes and cultures. The program must be well understood by the regular faculty and parents. The program must include high quality academic instruction and individual or group counseling that aims to involve the student in confronting and solving the reasons for the root problem. The program must have access to the school system's support services and provide a mechanism for following up the student's subsequent progress. Finally, the alternative must be carefully monitored and evaluated. (Author/JM)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Alternatives to Suspension
Note: Paper presented at NIE's Conference on "In-School Alternatives to Suspension" (Washington, D.C., April 16-18, 1978)