ERIC Number: ED394177
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
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Reduction of School Violence: Alternatives to Suspension.
Johns, Beverly H.; And Others
All administrators and teachers face the challenge of implementing discipline procedures that are effective, particularly for special-education students. This book provides an array of practical solutions to everyday problems, primarily for use with special-education students who challenge discipline techniques. The techniques described are based on the authors' practical experiences. Chapter 1 reviews literature on suspension that shows that black students and special-education students are disproportionately affected by suspension policies. Chapter 2 offers guidelines for changing to an approach that sets high standards for behavior and teaches students how to develop appropriate social behaviors. One option is to create a climate committee, comprised of students, staff, and parents, that acts as an informal court. The third chapter offers guidelines for "precision planning," a systematic process in which the administrator provides leadership to ensure the implementation of procedures for creating a safe and productive environment. Practical strategies for encouraging appropriate student behavior are outlined in the fourth chapter. Chapter 5 describes techniques to prevent behavior problems: developing effective rules and expectations; communicating with students; accentuating the positive; and managing educators' stress. Sample behaviors and effective interventions are offered in chapter 6. One figure and an index are included. References accompany each chapter. Appendices contain sample forms. (LMI)
Descriptors: Behavior Problems, Behavior Standards, Classroom Techniques, Compliance (Legal), Discipline, Discipline Policy, Discipline Problems, Elementary Secondary Education, School Policy, Student Behavior, Suspension
LRP Publications, Dept. 430, 747 Dresher Road, P.O. Box 980, Horsham, PA 19044-0980.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
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Identifiers: Alternatives to Suspension