Tag Archives | school discipline

Student Discipline: what’s working?

At St. Cloud Technical High School, “Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports,” or PBIS, is proving an effective way to deal with discipline. In fact, 30% of schools in Minnesota are now using the curriculum that emphasizes preventing bad behavior and reinforcing positive behavior. Surveys of students also show the program is changing how students feel about their […]

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Student behavior is better understood in context

Educator Ted Kolderie expressed in the Star Tribune a response to Katherine Kersten’s commentary about discipline problems in St. Paul Schools: To Fix Student Behavior, First Fix Schools. He offers success stories of how improved climate and curriculum directly influence student behavior; “It should be easy to see whether a different approach to learning — along […]

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K-12 Parent Advocacy Workshop Series; a collaboration between PREP, YMCA, Minneapolis Public Schools

School Discipline and Grievance Procedures. See workshop series calendar in English and Spanish.

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St. Paul teachers’ complaints with mainstreaming, disciplinary policies debated

Tad Vezner and Mila Koumpilova, Pioneer Press, May 20, 2014 – In a highly unusual step, five St. Paul teachers appealed to the school board Tuesday night to shift the district’s course on discipline and the mainstreaming of special education students into regular classrooms — which they said has led to lower behavioral expectations and an […]

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The Content of their Character: Race and Judgment in Our Schools

Michael Diedrich, Minnesota 2020, January 22, 2014 – As we reflect on the life and achievements of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., it is natural to think of the parts of his dream left unfulfilled. Consider what is possibly the most famous line from his most famous speech: “I have a dream that my four little […]

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Address Bad Ed Policy and School-to-prison Pipeline

Sarah Lahm, Minnesota 2020, January 17, 2014 – Can we tackle the school-to-prison pipeline without also addressing bad education policy? According to a recent news report, the Obama Administration wants the nation’s schools to abandon “…overly zealous discipline policies” that are more likely to send students to court than to the principal’s office. The report notes that […]

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Schools sending too many kids to court rather than principal’s office, administration says

Kimberly Hefling, Associated Press (Star Tribune), January 8, 2014 – The Obama administration on Wednesday pressed the nation’s schools to abandon what it described as overly zealous discipline policies that send students to court instead of the principal’s office. Even before the announcement, school districts around the country have been taking action to adjust the policies […]

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The Year Ahead in Ed

Michael Diedrich, Minnesota 2020, January 7, 2014 – As we look ahead to 2014, I see three major education policy areas that will attract attention. Discipline and Anti-Bullying Policy Reform For too long, too many schools and districts have treated discipline as a junior version of law enforcement rather than part of the learning process. While […]

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Education equity helps Minnesota students

Vina Kay, Star Tribune Counterpoint, June 13, 2012 – We must be mindful of race if we hope to address disparities. We wish to offer some clarity in the storm of hysteria the “danger zone” piece tried to stir up. The Education Equity Organizing Collaborative, cited as working with the Minnesota Department of Education to […]

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African American boys pushed into the disciplinary gap

Charles Hallman, Minnnesota Spokesman-Recorder, May 30th, 2012 – Panelists attribute stereotyping for high suspension rates The African American Males in Education Advisory (AAMEA), a Minnesota Minority Education Partnership committee, is exploring ways to address disproportionate discipline and suspension rates for Black male students. “It’s a group of 10 educators, community members and student advisory groups […]

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