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Non-Exclusionary Discipline: Evidence-Based Alternatives to Referral/Suspension - UNLIMITED ACCESS DVD


(This pre-recorded webinar on CD will be shipped to you for unlimited viewing.)

Grades K-12

Increasing focus on academic outcomes and the challenge of reaching at-risk students is causing educators to rethink school discipline.

Larry Thompson is an author, a former candidate for National Principal of the Year, and a well-known education thought leader who advocates a responsibility-centered approach that minimizes referrals and suspensions, while driving students to take ownership of their own behavior — and academic outcomes.

The US Departments of Education and Justice are advocating a shift in school discipline policies — primarily due to concerns about inequities involved with the administration of “exclusionary discipline.”  While the causes of those inequities are the source of some debate, almost everyone can agree that educators have a far greater opportunity for success if they can keep students, especially at-risk students, in the classroom. 

In this timely 90-minute webinar, educators will be guided through schoolwide evidence-based discipline practices which have schools reporting reductions as much as 90 percent in office referrals and almost eliminating suspensions. Larry Thompson will reveal tested strategies for defusing the most challenging moments with students, especially at-risk students. 

Because many resistant and defiant students also struggle academically, Larry will discuss strategies for keeping these students in class — so the student may grasp the material and the teacher, administrator and school may focus on exceeding academic targets. Using principles of Responsibility-Centered Discipline, attendees will learn how to move students, not only to obedience, but to actually taking ownership of their actions. Specific practices will be addressed that will help educators avoid crisis situations, defuse defiance and put resistant students on the path to academic success.
Webinar Highlights & DOE Action Checklist Items Covered: 

  • Set high expectations for behavior and adopt an instructional approach to discipline – A 5-Step Approach to Managing Challenging Moments
  • Ensure that clear, developmentally appropriate and proportional consequences apply for misbehavior – Incorporating “Support” and “Benefit” Statements into Disciplinary Conversations with Students
  • Remove students from the classroom only as a last resort, ensure that alternative settings provide academic instruction, and return students to class as soon as possible – Time-Based Consequences vs. Response-Ability-Centered Consequences
  • Involve families, students, and school personnel, and communicate regularly and clearly - Using the a De-escalation Process to Create Responsible Students by Harnessing the Power of Self-Regulation

In this webinar, you will learn to:

  • Understand why current systems are failing.
  • Reflect on your current disciplinary methods (obedience vs. responsibility).
  • Utilize practices for creating a school culture in which students take ownership of their actions.
  • Master techniques for dealing with different low-to-high intensity disciplinary cases.
  • Understand methods to drastically decrease staff disciplinary referrals to the office.
  • Cultivate clear, appropriate and consistent expectations and consequences to address disruptive student behaviors.
  • Differentiate between obedience-based discipline and Responsibility-Centered

    Who Should Attend:

    • Classroom Teachers
    • Principals
    • Assistant Principals
    • Deans of Students
    • Behavior Specialists
    • School Counselors
    • School Social Workers (intermediate) 
    • School Psychologists
    • After-School Program Coordinators

    You Will Also Receive:

    To augment the PowerPoint™ presentation and activities, each participant will receive a (PDF) resource packet of the presentation with ideas, reproducible forms, activities and other suggested resources.

    About the Presenter:

    Larry Thompson, M.Ed.

    Former National Principal of the Year candidate Larry Thompson is a nationally known speaker and school consultant. He is the developer of the Responsibility-Centered Discipline program. This program helps professional educators to increase student compliance with core beliefs and guidelines, while requiring them to take personal ownership of their actions. It emphasizes specific skills and practices that help school personnel to deal effectively with student-behavior scenarios from low-to-high emotional intensity, while retaining a sense of calm professional and personal confidence. Larry is the author of:
    Give 'Em Five: A Five-Step Approach for Handling Challenging Moments with Adolescents
    Give 'Em Five: A Five-Step Approach to Handling Challenging Moments with Children
    Ricky Ritat Goes to School


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