Harvard Professor, Founder of Think:Kids, Author of The School Discipline Fix
School Discipline Innovator, Author Roadmap to Responsibility
School Turnaround Specialist, Author of Closing the Attitude Gap
District Director of Student Support, National Speaker & Consultant
International Speaker, Consultant, Author of Defying the Defiance
The School Discipline Conference is held as part of the Innovative Schools Summit. The Summit assembles internationally recognized innovators together with practicing educators and consultants who are currently finding success with cutting-edge best practices and research-based methodologies in education. These multi-day events provide an opportunity for counselors, teachers, administrators and other educators to learn about new insights and strategies for reaching and teaching students PK-12. In 2020, the Summit will be hosted in four great locations (Orlando, Atlanta, Las Vegas & San Antonio), each covering 5 topic-specific National Conferences – providing a unique opportunity for attendees to learn key insights from a broad spectrum of experts and colleagues from around the country
Moving Forward with School Discipline
The discussion around school discipline can be polarizing. On one hand, advocacy groups and those committed to fairness are rightly disturbed that minority students are often expelled at three to four times the rate of their white peers. On the other hand, teachers and parents are deeply concerned about creating an out-of-control, even unsafe, environment where students can do as they please – without any real concern for consequences.
But almost everyone agrees that students need to be in class in order to succeed academically, and that suspensions and expulsions should be as rare as possible. And almost everyone agrees that student and educator safety should be top priority.
In recent years, many schools have moved away from “zero tolerance” policies and begun implementing programs such as progressive discipline, restorative practices, Positive Behavior Interventions & Support, Responsibility-Centered Discipline, Safe & Civil Schools, Conscious Discipline and other alternative methodologies. But which of these systems actually work? And how can they be successfully implemented?
“Zero tolerance” policies are a lot easier to implement than creating a culture where students feel safe and engaged, and in the rare cases where students fall short of expectations, educators have a fair and constructive process to handle the situation.
The School Discipline Conference provides a forum where educators can gather information on various approaches and philosophies. It is a must-attend gathering for educators focused on improving academic performance by applying the most current innovations and research to behavior intervention and classroom management.