Research suggests that rather than deterring students from problem behavior, suspension and expulsion hinder students’ academic achievement and contribute to drop-out rates. So what are some positive alternatives to suspension and expulsion?

Schools that use restorative practices as part of their behavior management programs are finding success helping students learn new, more positive behaviors, and engaging them in learning rather than prohibiting them from school.

An article outlines “prerequisites” for using restorative practices. They include creating a school culture in which:

  • Students have strong relationships with staff built on trust and respect.
  • Positive behaviors are supported.
  • Rules are clear, simple, and enforced.

Early intervention with problem behavior is key, and staff benefit from being trained in how to prevent problem behavior and conflict from escalating.

Learn more in “Suspension, Expulsion, or Restorative.” Also read about restorative practices at the Horicon Van Brunt School and the school culture shift within the Oakland Unified School District.

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