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What are the steps involved in setting up a school-wide system of discipline?

An effective school-wide system of discipline or positive behavioral interventions and supports is only as good as the structures and processes that are in place to support their sustained use. When setting up a school-wide system of discipline or positive behavioral interventions and supports, the following steps should be followed:

•  Establish a school-wide leadership or behavior support team to guide and direct the process. This team should be made up of an administrator, grade level representatives, support staff, and parents.

•  Secure administrator agreement of active support and participation.

•  Secure a commitment and agreement from at least 80% of the staff for active support and participation.

•  Conduct a self assessment of the current school-wide discipline system.

•  Create an implementation action plan that is based data based decision making.

•  Establish a way to collect office referral and other data on a regular basis to evaluate the effectiveness of school-wide efforts.

 

What are the components of a comprehensive school-wide system of discipline or positive behavioral interventions and supports?

All effective school-wide systems have seven major components in common

a) an agreed upon and common approach to discipline,

b) a positive statement of purpose,

c) a small number of positively stated expectations for all students and staff

d) procedures for teaching these expectations to students

e) a continuum of procedures for encouraging displays and maintenance of these expectations

f) a continuum of procedures for discouraging displays of rule-violating behavior

g) procedures for monitoring and evaluation the effectiveness of the discipline system on a regular and frequent basis.

 

How do we know if a school-wide system of discipline or positive behavioral interventions and supports is effective?

Many schools make the mistake implementing a school-wide system of discipline or positive behavior support without monitoring its effectiveness on a regular and frequent basis. Regular monitoring and evaluation are needed to

a) prevent ineffective practices from wasting time and resources,

b) improve the efficiency and effectiveness of current procedures,

c) eliminate elements of the system that are ineffective or inefficient

d) make modifications before problem behavior patterns become too durable and unmodifiable.