Common Sense and the Common Core – Discipline That Restores

Today, schools are looking deeply into social and emotional learning as they integrate these skills with the Common Core State Standards. Numerous research reports show that social and emotional learning (SEL) can have a positive impact on students’ academic performance.   Teaching the soft skills, traditionally associated with conflict resolution and character education, have evolved from being considered “wishy-washy” to being an integral part of educating the whole child.

Dr. Ron and Roxanne Claassen have written the book Discipline That Restores.  The book shares valuable strategies creating respect, cooperation, and responsibility in today’s classroom.  Watch and listen to Superintendent Ryan Wood, who serves at Immanuel Schools in Reedley, California, on how he began the process of implementing new discipline policies through restorative justice, with “Discipline That Restores”.

Discipline can be a tricky issue. Suspensions are one method of dealing with disruptive behavior, but when a struggling student is suspended, he or she misses out on valuable learning time and can fall even further behind.  We invite you to check out a special report on restorative justice to learn more.

You can also learn more about this innovative method by watching a video that demonstrates restorative justice in action.  Studies have shown that schools using restorative justice have seen up to an 87% reduction in suspensions.

Do you think this would work with your students?  At your school?   Let us know your thoughts …

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