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The School Leader’s Guide to Restorative School Discipline
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The School Leader’s Guide to Restorative School Discipline


April 2012 | 184 pages | Corwin

A positive model for restorative discipline

If you would like a more effective way to deal with discipline issues than "old school" punishment, this book is for you. The authors provide a research-based and field-tested model that gives school leaders more productive alternatives to reprimands, exclusion, and out-of-school suspension. This positive program helps improve behavior and keep students in school. This guide's model covers school-wide prevention, restoration, and intervention needs for students with emotional, behavioral, and conduct disorders (such as bullying) as well as developmental disabilities and autism. Key topics include:

  • The latest research on the effectiveness of restorative discipline
  • How to implement a comprehensive, school-wide discipline plan
  • Ways to support and sustain the plan with teacher teams
  • Networking with community services such as child protection, child welfare, juvenile justice, and mental health professionals

This program has high social validity and utility for actual school and classroom settings. In addition to content learning, students need to learn appropriate behavior and social skills to succeed in school and in life. This book offers a solid, proven, and humane program that benefits students and keeps the focus where it should be—on learning.


 
Introduction to the Guide
 
Section 1: Setting the Context
 
1. Restorative School Discipline
 
2. School-Wide Behavior Expectations
 
Section 2: Putting the Model in Place
 
3. Processes for Primary Prevention and Intervention
 
4. A Framework for Child-Focused Interventions
 
5. Decisions about How the School Responds to Behavior
 
6. Restorative Conferencing and In-School Suspension
 
Section 3: Evaluating Outcomes and Sustainability
 
7. Evaluating Student Outcomes
 
8. Professional Learning for Sustainability
 
References
 
Index

“This is one of the most comprehensive and useful books on implementing a school-wide discipline program I have read. It shows how to prevent and respond to serious situations.”

Mary Reeve, Director, Special Education and Gifted Services
Gallup McKinley County Schools, NM

"Congratulations to the authors on their good work in helping school administrators focus on dignity for all and helping each student take charge of personal behavior.”

Lyman Goding, Retired Principal
Plymouth Community Intermediate School, Sandwich, MA
Key features
  • Covers the range of behavioral intervention needs across diverse diagnoses including emotional/behavior and conduct disorders as well as developmental disabilities and autism
  • Has high social validity and utility for actual school and classroom settings (based on extensive observations in American and New Zealand classrooms and school
  • Based on an effective four-component model for the design of individualized interventions for challenging behavior, moving beyond simple A-B-C models to Prevent (ecological), Educate (teach), Restore (reinforcement and other consequences), Think (emotional and cognitive)
  • Addresses teaming, including networking with community services such as child protection, child welfare, juvenile justice, social network, and mental health

Sample Materials & Chapters

Introduction

Chapter 1: Restorative School Discipline


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