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Title: Alternatives To Suspension


1
Alternatives To Suspension
  • Denise Riley and Rick Rogers
  • Oklahoma Technical Assistance Center
  • February 2007

2
2005-2006Oklahoma Needs Assessment
  • 5,277 different students were suspended out of
    school for more than 10 consecutive school days.
  • 27,221 different students were suspended out of
    school for fewer than 10 consecutive school days.
  • 40,830 different students were assigned to an
    in-school suspension program.

3
What if we view misbehavior as an opportunity to
teach?
  • Limit suspensions and expulsions to the most
    serious offences
  • Team decisions guide student discipline
  • Individual behavior plans

4
More Views on Discipline
  • Punishment is expedient, but less effective than
    discipline.
  • Staff members should be trained in ways to avoid
    power struggles and prevent further escalation.
  • Discipline in PrivatePraise in Public

5
District X Student Suspensions
Elementary Middle School
High School
6
General Strategies
  • Saturday School (Elgin, IL example)
  • Character Building (assignments, short courses,
    books, videos, presentations)
  • Discipline is a shared responsibility between
    (admin., faculty, support staff, students,
    parents and community)
  • Alter students schedules
  • Mentoring

7
  • Destruction of Property
  • Pay for property
  • Fix the property
  • Clean up
  • Make restitution
  • Community Service
  • Attend court and prepare a report

8
  • Fighting
  • Assign to conflict resolution class
  • Police intervention as applicable
  • Appropriate ISS
  • Peer Mediation
  • Speak Out Program

Misbehavior occurs most often in poorly
supervised areas.
9
  • Smoking
  • Supervised breaks
  • Parent notification
  • Smoking cessation class
  • Shadow (respiratory therapist)
  • Prepare a PowerPoint presentation

10
  • Refusal to work
  • Stay after school to complete work
  • Require Tutoring
  • Extend time to complete work
  • Homework Lab
  • Early Release Incentive
  • Contracts
  • Organizational Skills

Students should get credit for work done.
11
  • Disrespect
  • Character Building Rooms / Centers
  • Corrective Behavior Plan (use counselor)
  • Reflective Essay
  • Directed Readings
  • Apology
  • Parents shadow student

12
  • Drug Alcohol
  • Shorten suspension if student agrees to
  • Counseling
  • Formal Assessment
  • Specialized Classes (from community or school)

13
  • Truancy
  • Intervene early
  • Make-up time
  • Graduated Sanctions
  • Truancy Court
  • Loss of credit and zeroes further complicate this
    problem.

14
  • Dress Code
  • Clothes closet
  • Appropriate ISS
  • Turn shirts wrong side out
  • View students as part of the solution

15
  • Attendance
  • Make-up time
  • Survivors Model (Enid, OK)
  • Refer to counselor or social worker
  • Home Visits
  • Community focus

separate behavior from academics
16
Does suspension improve student behavior?
  • 30-50 of suspensions are repeat offenders
    (Tobin, Sugai Calvin, 1996)
  • There is a high correlation between suspension
    and dropping out
  • Dropout or pushout?

17
Administrators Can
  • move away from zero tolerance policies
  • Focus on changing the environment and teacher
    responses
  • Focus on effective discipline
  • Generate a broad list of disciplinary options

18
Contact Information for Programs and Materials
Cited in PowerPoint
  • Lincoln Survivors - Enid Alternative School,
    Jarry Hillman Principal (580) 242-6170
  • Saturday School Elgin, Illinois School District
    U-46, Dr. Marlene Berman Title IV Safe and Drug
    Free Schools Coordinator, (847) 888-5000 ext.
    7006
  • Reduction of School Violence Alternatives to
    Suspension, Fourth Edition, - Beverly H. Johns
    Valerie G. Carr from LRP Publications

19
OTACAlternative Paths to Learning
  • Oklahoma Technical Assistance Center
  • 123 E. Broadway
  • Cushing, Oklahoma 74023
  • Phone918-225-1882
  • FAX 918-225-4711
  • E-mail rrogers_at_otac.info
  • or
  • driley_at_otac.info
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