A New Model of School Discipline: Engaging Students and Preventing Behavior Problems

Paperback | April 8, 2010

byDavid R. Dupper

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Mounting evidence shows that zero-tolerance policies, suspensions, and restrictive security policies fail to improve school safety and student behaviors, and are linked with increased risk of dropping out. Minority students are suspended at disproportionate rates, and over a million cases ofcorporal punishment are reported each year. Against this dismal backdrop, David Dupper presents a transformative new model of school discipline that is preventive, proactive, and relationship-based. Unlike traditional punitive and exclusionary practices, the model developed in this Workshop volume focuses on enhancing students' connection to school through building relationships and bolstering social skills. Drawing on the latest research about what works, and what doesn't, this highlypractical guide catalogs an array of proven and promising practices designed to engage, instead of exclude, students. Rather than illustrate a one-size-fits-all approach, it guides practitioners and administrators in identifying their school's unique needs and selecting appropriate strategies foruse at the universal, targeted, and remedial levels. A five-step strategic planning model helps schools transition toward a holistic, relationship-based approach to discipline.Boxes, bullets, evidence summaries, and practice tips make this an accessible, forward-thinking resource for school personnel seeking to engage students and reduce behavior problems in the most effective, pragmatic, and cost-efficient manner possible.

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Mounting evidence shows that zero-tolerance policies, suspensions, and restrictive security policies fail to improve school safety and student behaviors, and are linked with increased risk of dropping out. Minority students are suspended at disproportionate rates, and over a million cases ofcorporal punishment are reported each year. ...

David R. Dupper, PhD, is Associate Professor of Social Work at the University of Tennessee.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:128 pages, 5.98 × 9.02 × 0.39 inPublished:April 8, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195378075

ISBN - 13:9780195378078

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Table of Contents

Preface1. Current Disciplinary Practices: An Overview2. How Did We Get Here? A Brief History of Discipline in U.S. Public Schools3. A New Paradigm: A Relationship-Based, Preventive Model of Discipl4. Best Practices in Reducing or Preventing Student Behavior Problems: Multi-Tiered Programs and Strategies5. The Hard Part: Making Organizational Changes in SchoolsReferencesIndex