Administrative Intervention

The student who has been referred to the office is afforded a prime learning opportunity. He has been “fired” from his present job–being a student–and has an opportunity to learn alternative behaviors that are immediately useful to get his job back, survive in school, and for success in later employment and everyday life.


“Administrative Intervention was the missing link in our discipline efforts. Teachers and parents now see me as someone who is supporting students and teaching important skills that lead to success in school and life. Teachers feel I am partnering with them on discipline. This has changed the culture of our school.”

–Brian Olver, Principal

Olander Elementary

Are your office discipline referrals a prime learning opportunity resulting in changed behavior or an exercise in futility? Every school needs a principal or designee to be actively involved in discipline. Done well, office referrals can be a turning point for the student, the administrator, and the school climate. Done poorly, the problem behavior continues and results in yet another discipline referral and discouraged staff.

  1. Decrease suspensions/keep students in school

  2. Increase student engaged time

  3. Increase staff satisfaction with discipline practices

  4. Help students learn critical social skills

  5. Improve school climate and staff feelings of self-efficacy in handling student chronic or intense behaviors

Administrative Intervention–a proven protocol for office discipline referrals based on the principles of applied behavior analysis, social learning theory, and restorative principles–is your answer. The strategy was adapted for schools 25 years ago by colleagues John Downs and Don Black from the nationally recognized Teaching-Family Model at the University of Kansas. It assists administrators, psychologists, counselors or other support staff to effectively respond to chronic or intense behavior.

Administrative Intervention offers the skills to:

  1. Define appropriate use of office referrals

  2. Create a value for learning, protecting classroom instructional time

  3. De-escalate angry or defensive students, eliminating arguing, blaming, interrupting, and help them to regain self-control

  4. Teach alternative or replacement behaviors for success

  5. Assist students with restitution, restoring/repairing relationships with referring staff

  6. Build trusting, collaborative relationships with referring staff and parents

  7. Keep efficient records and collect meaningful data

  8. Ensure relational security for students through concern and a commitment to keep them successfully in school

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Administrative Intervention

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“We have effected a significant change in school safety and discipline through the systematic use of Administrative Intervention. We cut suspension in half the first year and by 66 percent the second year. Graduation rates improved from 57% in 2010 to 70% in 2013 .”

-Rob Wessman, Vice Principal

Granger High School

Click below to read about Granger High’s success with Administrative Intervention.