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· Education Dive covers insight from a few panelists who revised their approaches to discipline and explains how positive behavioral intervention is the best way to disrupt the school-to-prison pipeline.
· Should schools reward positive behavior or discipline students when they act out? Why is behavioral intervention important for young students?
· Read about another approach to disrupting the school-to-prison pipeline.
Restorative practices and Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) have been at the forefront of approaches aimed at decriminalizing misbehavior and disrupting the school-to-prison pipeline in recent years. During a recent panel at the National Principals Conference in Chicago, two Indiana administrators addressed how they had tackled those very approaches in their own schools.
Over the course of an hour, Amber Schroering, an assistant principal (AP) at Brownsburg East Middle School (and the 2017 Indiana AP of the Year) joined Delaware Trail Elementary School Principal Chris Renner — both from the Brownsburg Community School Corporation in Indiana — to provide details on both philosophies for implementing more positive disciplinary approaches in schools.
Early on, Renner asked those present to consider their philosophies and core beliefs on student discipline. Many fall into one of two camps: "Students should be recognized and/or rewarded for following basic behavioral expectations," or "Students who get into trouble frequently lack the ability to make better choices."
Both, however, have to be set aside to consider a new paradigm.
Read the full article about discipline by Roger Riddell at Education Dive.