Discipline Resources

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  1. Solving the Discipline Puzzle: Understanding Instructional DisciplineYour first step to school-wide discipline for your school. Brief overview shares the compelling need, sets forth a clear vision of a kinder and gentler school, and uncovers the five pieces of the discipline puzzle and the collaborative approaches necessary to achieve the vision. A perfect study for staff to gain commitment to and understand-ing of your plan for change.

  2. Essential Learnings for Behavior–Compliment your academic standards with behavioral standards. Essential Learnings for Behavior addresses student attitudes, behavior, and performance in six domains–task behaviors, self-management, adult relations, peer relations, self-advocacy, and self and social awareness. Assess student behavior in a practical way, select specific target behaviors for teaching, and monitor progress.

  3. School Social Skills–A simple, doable, yet comprehensive curriculum of 19 social skills essential for success at school and in life. Each skill is a brief behavioral description of what successful people do in social settings. Consistently teach vital social competencies across staff and all school settings. Linked to the above behavioral standards.

  4. Social Skills for Children and Teens–Curriculum of 15 basic social skills, compatible with the school curriculum, for home and families.

  5. School Social Skills Rating Scale (S3 Rating Scale)A 40-item scale of observable prosocial skills assisting school staff to identify student deficits in behavioral skills important for students’ success in school settings and life. Complements the above social skills curriculum.
    L. Brown, D. Black, and J. Downs. Available from Hawthorne Educational Services.

  6. Scales for Effective Discipline: A Systematic Review Process for School-wide Discipline PracticesAssessment tools to help schools work together for continued growth and development of best practices. The Scales are data-based through multiple measures including interviews, surveys, formal and informal observations and product reviews. A behaviorally anchored rating scale summarizes discipline practices in ten areas. Helps to keep staff responsive to the discipline needs of all students, and provides positive feedback on efforts.

  7. Teaching, Encouraging, and Correcting BehaviorMany discipline efforts stop short of providing staff with practical strategies to teach expectations and then provide positive feedback as well as correction when needed. Five protocols are offered to routinely teach social competency incidentally as an ongoing part of the school curriculum in all classrooms, corridors, playgrounds, and office areas each and every day. These strategies allow educators to maintain high expectations for successful behaviors and low tolerances for inappropriate, ensuring certain and efficient behavior change.

  8. Administrative Intervention: A Discipline Handbook for Effective School AdministratorsDone well, ODRs can be a turning point for the student. Yet few administrators have been trained in this critical event. Administrative Intervention provides staff with a process to help students regain self-control, learn critical social/life skills, and be prepared for successful classroom re-entry. This research-based protocol strengthens the child while increasing comfort and consistency for administrators. It unifies staff, creates a collaborative culture, and reduces both inappropriate referrals and exclusionary responses.  D. Black and J. Downs. Sopris West, Inc.

  9. Guidelines for General Education Intervention TeamsA common sense guide to help educators understand and fully develop intervention teams, whether at the grade or school-wide level. Includes highly effective team procedures and a practical problem solving process. Also outlines the seamless progression for involving special education expertise. DVD models the process.

  10. Motivation-Management Tools for Chronic or Intense BehaviorsTraining manual guides the use of feedback or tracking tools to consistently and immediately respond to more chronic or intense behavior, monitoring daily progress, actively engaging students in change, and guiding intervention decisions. Links the feedback strategies above with tools that provide concrete data on “corrects” and “errors” for individually set target behaviors and improves communication and consistency among staff and between school and home.

  11. Using Timeout in an Effective and Ethical MannerA practical, hands-on guide for educators considering the use of timeout, offering preplanning, meaningful use, and follow-up within the context of positive discipline approaches. Includes a discussion of variations and legal and ethical considerations. A must read if you are considering or using timeout.  T. Knoster, T. Wells, K. McDowell. IA Department of Education.

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