School Discipline Issues? ATF Discipline Workshop Is Here

Is Your School Discipline Broken?

In order to function effectively, schools must have clear policies and procedures that guide adults and students day-to-day. School-wide discipline policies are not only about fairness and expectations, they also establish guidelines to keep students and staff safe.

Creating a safe learning environment involves protecting students and staff from physical, emotional, and psychological harm. Students need to feel safe and secure at school in order to learn effectively.

While there is no fast way to eliminate all discipline-related problems, there are steps you can take to make your school’s policies more effective and efficient.

It is evident that school discipline, especially at the mid-school level, is reaching a point of crisis. Schools across the district are experiencing many of the same issues. Educators are struggling to navigate what appears to be a new norm and asking for help. What can be done?

Join us in learning and sharing strategies to help improve your school’s discipline policy and practices by attending our School Discipline Workshop on Tuesday, January 28th at 4:30pm. RSVP here .

 

Restoring school-wide discipline is the first step

School culture and climate have a profound impact on students’  academic progress and their relationships with peers and adults. Each school should promote a positive school culture that provides students with a supportive environment in which to grow, both socially and academically.

Educators report the overuse of suspensions and a lack of follow-through in supporting teachers and staff as per our agreement and established school discipline policies. We will discuss how to enforce Article 21 of the Negotiated Agreement as the first step in moving forward.

What is Restorative Justice?

Restorative Justice Practices (RJP) is an approach to discipline that focuses on relationships rather than punishments. There are still consequences, but in RJP there is a real shift from the misbehavior = punishment model. The focus is on repairing harm done to the community and relationships, relevant consequences that further repairs damage, and practices that welcome the offender back into the community.