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ERIC Number: EJ829722
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Sep
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 14
ISSN: ISSN-1525-1810
Lessons Learned and Strategies Used in Reducing the Frequency of Out-of-School Suspensions
Barnhart, Melissa K.; Franklin, Nancy J.; Alleman, Jay R.
Journal of Special Education Leadership, v21 n2 p75-83 Sep 2008
For nearly 5 years, the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) has been engaged in efforts to reduce the number of out-of-school suspensions for students with disabilities and their typical peers by applying the principles of positive behavioral support throughout its more than 700 K-12 schools. Initially, LAUSD focused solely on reducing the number of out-of-school suspensions for students with disabilities who have high rates of suspension. However, ongoing monitoring of data on out-of-school suspensions revealed that several additional student subgroups (e.g., African Americans and middle and high school students) also were receiving an elevated number of out-of-school suspensions throughout the District. As a result, LAUSD staff, families, and students have collaborated in the adoption and implementation of a District-wide approach for increasing the use of positive social behavior known as School-Wide Positive Behavior Support (SWPBS; e.g., Sprague & Golly, 2004; Sugai, Horner, & Gresham, 2003). Through the use of SWPBS, the LAUSD has worked to reduce the overall number of out-of-school suspensions by aligning the discipline policies for individual schools with proactive approaches that serve to prevent misconduct, reinforce appropriate behaviors, and establish clear expectations for school conduct. This article documents the lessons learned and strategies utilized in reducing out-of-school suspensions and adopting and implementing a District-wide discipline policy. (Contains 2 figures, 5 footnotes and 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; High Schools; Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California