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Don't Suspend Me!

An Alternative Discipline Toolkit

Organized to help educators implement alternative discipline, this updated edition frames discipline in a practical and effective way that aligns with research, changes in educational law, and equity.

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  • Grade Level: PreK-12
  • ISBN: 9781071870143
  • Published By: Corwin
  • Year: 2022
  • Page Count: 176
  • Publication date: May 11, 2022

Price: $35.95



Shift from traditional to alternative discipline that really works

As educators face ever-changing discipline laws and regulations coupled with a return to in-person learning, the second edition of Don’t Suspend Me! arrives at the perfect time to guide them in everything they need to know to avoid reverting to traditional, exclusionary discipline practices.

This user-friendly guidebook helps teachers and administrators use alternative discipline methods to create positive, meaningful, and long-term behavior shifts for students. Inside you’ll find

  • An updated alternative discipline toolkit with additional easy-to-use tools, templates, and processes
  • Methods for addressing traditional beliefs and pushback from stakeholders
  • Recommendations for bringing policy to practice
  • Case studies, examples, and lessons learned from educators in the field who successfully used the first edition
  • Examples of the 13 most suspendable offenses and the appropriate responses and interventions to help change student behavior for the long term

Organized to help educators implement alternative discipline, this updated edition frames discipline in a practical and effective way that aligns with research, changes in educational law, and—above all else—equity in school discipline.



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Jessica Djabrayan Hannigan

Dr. Jessica Djabrayan Hannigan is an Assistant Professor in the Educational Leadership Department at California State University, Fresno. She works with schools and districts throughout the nation on designing and implementing effective behavior systems. Dr. Hannigan has a background in special education and student support services as well as experience with district level administration and higher education research. Jessica has developed inclusive research based best practices around systematic implementation of behavior initiatives. Dr. Hannigan is the co-author of multiple educational books such as The PBIS Tier One Handbook, The PBIS Tier Two Handbook, The PBIS Tier Three Handbook, Don’t Suspend Me! An Alternative Discipline Toolkit, Building Behavior, The MTSS Start-Up Guide, and Behavior Solutions. She has received multiple recognitions for her work, including being named California Outstanding School Psychologist of the Year, Administrator of the Year, Outstanding Faculty Publications and Service Award recipient. She was also recognized by the California Legislature Assembly for her work in social justice and equity. In 2017, Dr. Hannigan was awarded the inaugural Association of California School Administrators Exemplary Woman in Education Award for her persistent work around equity in schools.
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John E. Hannigan

Dr. John Hannigan has served in education for over 20 years as a teacher, instructional coach, principal, and county office leadership coach. John is a sought-after consultant who works with schools and districts across North America on designing and implementing systematic multi-tiered systems of support for both academics and behavior. Dr. Hannigan holds a doctorate in Educational Leadership from California State University, Fresno. As principal of Reagan Elementary in California's Sanger Unified School District, John played a key role in the school earning California State Distinguished School, California Title I Academic Achievement Award, Gold Ribbon School, California Honor Roll School, Bonner Award for Character Education, and Platinum Level Model School Recognition for positive behavior interventions and supports. John has written numerous articles and co-authored nine books. He is the co-founder of Hannigan Ed-Equity Group LLC.

Connect with him on Twitter @JohnHannigan75

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Part 1

Chapter 1. Building a Case for Alternative Discipline

Chapter 2. Discipline Belief Self-Inventory

Who Is This Self-Inventory For?

Why Does This Self-Inventory Matter to Me?

What Are Your Current Beliefs About Discipline?

Discipline Belief Self-Inventory

Discipline Belief Self-Inventory Scoring

Chapter 3. Questions and Tips Before You Begin

Is Alternative Discipline a One-Size-Fits-All Approach?

Are Conversations About Using Alternative Discipline Difficult to Have?

How Can We Approach Discipline in This Way If We Do Not Have the Budget, Resources, and Personnel for It?

Do the Provided Alternative Discipline Examples Pertain to All Grade Levels?

Is It Harder to Approach Discipline in This Way?

When Do We Use Alternative Discipline?

Chapter 4. Alternative/Innovative Discipline

What Is Alternative/Innovative Discipline?

Part II. Case Studies on Alternative Discipline

Chapter 5. Case Studies

Alternative Discipline Case Study 1

Alternative Discipline Case Study 2

Alternative Discipline Case Study 3

Authors’ Note

Part III. Alternative Discipline Menu by Common Behavior Incidents

Chapter 6. Alternative Discipline Menu Introduction

Chapter 7. Alternative Discipline Menu



Drug/Alcohol Offense


Fire Related

Inappropriate Language

Property Damage

Repeated Classroom Disruptions

Sexual Harassment

Substitute Teacher

Technology Offense



Part IV. Bringing It All Together

Chapter 8. So What Now?

Alternative Discipline Contract

Challenge to Educators

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