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Seven Steps for Developing a Proactive Schoolwide Discipline Plan

Seven Steps for Developing a Proactive Schoolwide Discipline Plan
A Guide for Principals and Leadership Teams

Second Edition

October 2017 | 168 pages | Corwin

In Pursuit of Positive and Proactive Behaviors – The Challenge
Every school wants to provide a safe, preventive, and positive learning environment, but recent shifts in societal and cultural norms have given rise to reactions that can be injurious, uncivil, and discriminatory. Creating and maintaining positive and proactive school discipline plans while preserving societal values and norms is more challenging than ever. Urges to get toughand enact zero tolerance policies may give impetus, but not tools. Schools are often left wondering how to address problematic behaviors, make real change happen, and accomplish their intended goals.
Seven Steps shows practitioners and pre-service educators what, why, and how to build effective school-wide discipline practices using both data and documented successes. It offers a step-by-step process that maximizes teaching and learning and prevents problem behavior while establishing and maintaining desirable behavior to enhance school success. Seven procedural steps show how to:

·         Develop, teach, and maintain schoolwide behavior expectations
·         Correct problem behaviors
·         Sustain your plan for the long haul

Get started in creating a positive and supportive environment by exposing students to the best possible practices by all teachers in all settings.


About the Authors
1. Guiding Principles in Providing Quality Education for All Students
Guiding Principle One: Secure Active and Integrated Participation and Support From All Levels of Stakeholders

Guiding Principle Two: Ensure That School Principal Is an Effective Instructional Leader and Active Participant in All Implementation

Guiding Principle Three: Develop Systems to Ensure All Students Have Access to the Best Instructional and Behavioral Practices for School Success

Guiding Principle Four: Implement Instructional and Behavior Practices and Systems Concurrently Within Multitiered Support Continuum

Guiding Principle Five: Implement Support Systems With Fidelity to Ensure Sustainability

Guiding Principle Six: Use Positive Reinforcement Judiciously

Guiding Principle Seven: Manage Data Effectively and Efficiently

Guiding Principle Eight: Utilize a Building Leadership Team-Based Approach

Guiding Principle Nine: Consider Context and Culture When Implementing Procedural Details

2. Understanding the Teaching–Learning Process
Stages Involved in the Process of Learning a Skill

3. Step 1: Getting Started
Conduct Preliminary Schoolwide Discipline Plan Survey

Establish a Leadership Team

Establish Need for the Plan

Communicate Effectiveness of the Plan

Explore How Plan Can Mesh With School Goals and With Other Plans

Assess District’s and Schools’ Capacity to Implement the Plan

Present Roles and Responsibilities for Implementation

Provide Opportunities for Full Discussion

Plan for the Long Haul

Obtain Commitment From All Stakeholders

Develop a Comprehensive Professional Development Plan

Develop and Use a Self-Assessment Checklist for Implementation Action Planning

4. Step 2: Developing Schoolwide Behavior Expectations
Adopting Guidelines for Selecting Schoolwide Behavior Expectations

Applying Schoolwide Behavior Expectations to Major Common Areas in the School

5. Step 3: Teaching the Behavior Expectations
Teaching Behavior Expectations to Younger Students (K–3)

Teaching Behavior Expectations to Older Students (Grades 4–12) and a Maintenance Teaching Plan for Younger Students

Generalizing the Teaching to All Common Areas

6. Step 4: Maintaining the Behavior Expectations
Systematic Review

Modeling by Faculty Through Informal Practices

Schoolwide Recognition Plans

7. Step 5: Correcting Problem Behavior
A System Involving a Continuum of Responses for the Full Range of Problem Behavior

Overview of Continuum of Responses for Addressing Problem Behavior

Office-Managed Behavior

Staff-Managed Behavior

8. Step 6: Using Data Effectively
Defining the Role of the Leadership Team

Clarifying the Purposes of an Effective Data Management System

Establishing Guidelines in Developing a Data Management System

9. Step 7: Sustaining the Plan for the Long Haul
Implementation Phases and Drivers

General Implementation-Stage Logic Based on Action Planning

Ongoing Process Factors

PBIS Exemplar for Sustainability

Ongoing Refresh Meetings to Sustain the Plan

Future Directions

Concluding Remarks
Appendices (Appendices A-Q, Reproducible Checklists, Plans, and Forms)

"Whether you are just getting started with the PBIS framework or you are well-versed in implementation, this book is a fantastic resource. It logically lays out and connects the “what’s,” “why’s,” and “how’s” of schoolwide practices with procedural steps for effective implementation. This will not be a book you read and put on the shelf. Instead, it will become the action in your planning by following the steps, using the checklists, and providing staff with the content and language that makes the steps of implementation relevant and explicit."

Janet Balthazar, Principal
Eastbury Elementary School, Glastonbury, CT

"For over ten years, Seven Steps for Developing a Proactive Schoolwide Discipline Plan has been a landmark publication for teachers as well as those in school leadership.  This revised edition outlines guiding principles and procedures for creating safe and positive learning environments that maximise student learning in today’s complex school environments. Its depth of content spans the needs of beginning teachers interested in the teaching and learning process through to school leaders seeking a roadmap for school improvement. For schools implementing Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports, this text provides a well-constructed foundation for beginners, through to offering expert guidance to nurture and sustain your endeavours." 

Shiralee Poed, PhD, Senior Lecturer
Melbourne Graduate School of Education, The University of Melbourne, Australia

"For a schoolwide system to be truly successful, everyone involved--from superintendent to support staff--must understand their responsibilities within the system and appreciate the fundamental principles on which it is based.

Whether your school is considering a comprehensive system for the first time or attempting to improve on an existing system, this book will be your guide. It is clear and accessible, using current research to explain the best practices involved in maximizing the behavioral and academic outcomes of all students. You will learn how to set up the optimal conditions for desired behaviors to increase, and also how to effectively intervene when they do not.  The appendix is also full of resources that can get your classroom and your school on a more positive and productive path, starting today!" 

Jeff Albanese, Special Education Teacher
Round Valley Elementary School, Covelo, CA

Seven Steps for Developing a Proactive Schoolwide Discipline Plan is a must-have resource for school teams that want to systematically boost school climate. Rarely can one resource integrate research from both teaching and learning, school improvement, and implementation science with practical wisdom from schools into an accessible step-by-step process that teams can sustain over time. Colvin and Sugai have done just that--and included a number of practical tools and documents to boot.”

Howard S. Muscott, EdD, Director
New Hampshire Center for Effective Behavioral Interventions and Supports

"Seven Steps for Developing a Proactive Schoolwide Discipline plan is a masterful update! Geoff Colvin and George Sugai have provided practitioner and research communities with a theoretically-grounded, highly practical, and user-friendly resource to support the design and installation of a proactive schoolwide discipline plan. The resources will be useful to district and school-site leaders and classroom teachers committed to providing safe, positive, and productive learning environments."


Kathleen Lynne Lane, PhD, BCBA-D, Professor of Special Education
University of Kansas
Key features
  • Foreword by George Sugai, the leading authority on Positive Behavior Support (PBS)
  • Provides step-by-step guidelines for creating a proactive schoolwide discipline plan in schools and school districts
  • Establishes expectations throughout the school
  • Provides specific procedures for correcting inappropriate behavior
  • Offers practical checklists, plus forms for immediate implementation
  • A field-tested guide developed by a premiere institution and well-recognized researchers on proactive behavior plans

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