A core part of our mission here at Think:Kids is to help schools rethink discipline, and to offer them a detailed approach to implement to achieve this goal. We’re glad that we’re not alone in trying to facilitate and lead this mindset-shift. Take a look at this article about work being done in some California schools toward this end, which sounds very promising.
There are many good suggestions offered to staff that are described in this piece, and it’s exciting to see the tide turning against the conventional wisdom about challenging kid. That said, we think that these efforts take hold most firmly when what is involved is a comprehensive approach to thinking about the underlying contributors to maladaptive behavior, and when staff have a overarching model to guide their efforts.
Let us know what you think!