Fix School Discipline Toolkit for Educators - Page 14

Top Ten Pieces of Advice from Educators for Educators 1. Start somewhere. Don’t wait for buy-in or your principal; move forward with the few and the rest will come.—Karen Junker, Teacher and Coordinator of School Culture and Climate 2. Make the shift from an adult centered paradigm to a student centered one. It is your responsibility to help kids like school.—Principal Billy Aydlett 3. Don’t be afraid to show your students genuine emotions and show that you actually care about them. That is the easiest way to get buy-in with children and impact their behavior.—Cecelia Ina, Teacher 4. Come up with a clear personal and professional definition about what serving all students means. Focusing on the social and emotional aspects of education is a great start.—Principal Billy Aydlett 5. Collaboration is the name of the game. Invite other parties to the table so that they can start helping you come up with solutions.—Superintendent Ramona Bishop 6. Adults must walk the talk. If you want students to use circle process to resolve their conflicts, then you too have to resolve harm this way and spend staff meetings, professional development in community building circles. —RJ Program Manager David Yusem 12 How we can fix school discipline 7. Create strong bonds and networks with your coworkers and figure out who you can lean on. —Karen Junker 8. Pull together a small group of like-minded individuals in your school —teachers, community members and students and parents—who will be instrumental in collaborating to create better practices.—Assistant Superintendent Harriet MacLean 9. Operate from a trauma informed position. When students exhibit some type of behavior, they may be attempting to cope with what is happening in their lives. Ask them, “What happened to you?” and not “What is wrong with you?”—RJ Program Manager David Yusem 10. When thinking about making changes, keep asking yourself, “Is this the academic environment or school climate that I would want for my own child? Is this good enough for my own child?”— Superintendent Ramona Bishop