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School Discipline
Best Practices for Administrators

Second Edition
  • Louis Rosen - School Justice Institute, Executive Director


© 2005 | 128 pages | Corwin
"For the seasoned professional, the book provides a way of developing the administration team. For potential administrators, the book introduces a range of topics for consideration before entering the field."
John Davis, Principal
Juan Cabrillo Elementary School, Malibu, CA

How do your policies measure up to codes for disciplinary practice? Build a school community where educators and students can concentrate on the business of learning.

Rosen offers the best ideas and most workable discipline practices from more than 1,000 school leaders. School Discipline, Best Practices for Administrators, Second Edition, is loaded with updates and gives administrators all the tools they need to create a safe environment, from dealing effectively with the 5% of students who take up 90% of their time, to creating a positive public image in the community. It also helps educators keep up with the latest research and effective methods while helping teachers gain good classroom management skills.

Updates include:

  • Strategies aligned to "Safe and Drug Free Schools" legislation
  • Timely issues such as fairness of zero tolerance policies
  • Implications of new suspension and expulsion legalities
  • Coverage of recent court decisions and rulings
  • A new chapter offering strategies aligned to IDEA for students with special needs
  • A new chapter offering prevention strategies

For both seasoned administrators and those new to the job, this book will help you ensure a safe and just campus while allowing diversity and individuality to flourish. This hands-on guide contains contracts, reproducible forms, and worksheets that you can use as is or customize for your own school.

 
List of Forms and Figures
 
Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Author
 
1. Fair Schoolwide Discipline
Defining the Goals of School Discipline  
Providing Leadership for Fair and Just Discipline Practices  
Using a Justice Issues School Checklist  
 
2. Developing Good School Rules and a Student Code of Conduct
Legal Requirement for Local School Rules  
What Makes a Good School Rule?  
What to Include in a Student Code of Conduct  
A Model Student Code of Conduct  
Conclusion  
 
3. Setting Consequences for Breaking Rules
Teachers' Responsibility for Classroom Discipline  
Violations of Federal and State Laws and School Discipline  
Consequences for Violating School Rules Outlined in the Student Code of Conduct  
Prescriptive Discipline Strategies  
Conducting Your Own Research on Discipline Strategies  
Conclusion  
 
4. Procedural Justice and Effective School Discipline
Landmark Due Process School Discipline Cases  
Legal Authority for Administering Schools  
Developing Fair Procedures for All  
Linking Community Services, Law Enforcement, and Schools for High-Risk Youth  
Conclusion  
 
5. Suspension and Expulsion as Consequences
Long-Term Suspension or Expulsion  
Exceptional Children  
Student Questioning  
Expulsions  
Zero Tolerance  
6. Disciplining Students With Disabilities  
Individuals With Disabilities Education Act  
Why Are There Special Rules About Discipline for Children With Disabilities?  
Does IDEA Contain Provisions That Promote Proactive Up-Front Measures That Will Help Prevent Discipline Problems?  
Can a Child With a Disability Who Is Experiencing Significant Disciplinary Problems Be Removed to Another Placement?  
Can a Child With a Disablilty Be Removed From Placement for More Than Ten Days in a School Year?  
After the Tenth School Day Then What?  
 
Expulsion of Students With Disabilities
Weapons Possession by Students With Disabilities  
 
7. Best Strategies to Keep Your School Safe
Prevention Strategies  
Discovery Strategies  
Remedies, Consequences, and Deterrents as Strategies  
Conclusion  
 
8. School Climate and Its Relation to School Discipline
The School as a Friendly Place  
Group Openness  
Emphasize the Positive  
Promote Respect for Staff and Students  
Promoting Classroom Management Skills  
Valuing Diversity  
School Climate and Communication  
School Climate and School Safety  
 
9. Mental Health and Anger Control as Prevention Strategies
Anger Control as a Prevention Strategy  
Anger Control and High-Risk Students  
Relations With the Community as a Prevention Strategy  
The School Administrator as Employment Counselor  
Conclusion  
 
References
 
Index

"For the seasoned professional, the book provides a way of developing the administration team. For potential administrators, the book introduces a range of topics for consideration before entering the field."

John Davis, Principal
Juan Cabrillo Elementary School, Malibu, CA

“This book will appeal to a wide range of school administrators, both elementary and secondary. In addition, I feel this book would greatly benefit principals and assistant principals new to the profession. The book provides an excellent overview of school discipline.”

Royce Avery, Principal
Dunbar Junior High Math/Science Academy, TX

Sample Materials & Chapters

Preface

Chapter 1: Fair Schoolwide Discipline


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