Fix School Discipline Toolkit for Educators - Page 22

meaning when students feel more connected to their school and the adults on campus, they feel more comfortable and safe then they want to make sure it’s a good place to be so they don’t throw trash everywhere. How much does it cost per school year to implement these alternatives? How are you paying for them? Former Principal Kerry Callahan: SWPBIS doesn’t really cost anything, maybe $2000 on SWPBIS materials, like the Patriot Pats we give to kids for good behavior and our school-wide rule posters. It doesn’t cost money to change. It takes time. It’s simple. If you spend time at the beginning to do it right and teach students the expectations, you save so much time and energy and you gain positive feelings when things are going smoothly. Additionally, teachers have time to teach because they aren’t dealing with behavior issues all the time. It’s ultimately the idea that if you don’t remediate the problem that existed then it will just continue. These practices remediate and change the behavior. We have seen the financial benefits of our investments. Because of our increase in attendance, there is a daily payout increase to the district. It costs more money to do the wrong thing because you lose money when kids don’t want to come to school. Do you have any advice for principals who want to start implementing practices like these ones? Read about brain research and the way adolescents’ brains are wired that impacts how they behave. We have to guide them and help them rewire their brains. I recommend Rewired: Understanding the iGeneration and the Way They Learn, by Larry D. Rosen. Principal Arias: We are definitely continuing the work that Ms. Callahan started here - youth development framework, PBIS, and restorative justice. I implemented restorative justice at San Rafael High School, so everything that is happening here is right in line with my own belief that strong school climate is critical to student success. In order to help our students be academically successful and successful in life, we focus on keeping students in school and engaged. 20 How we can fix school discipline My vision for our next step here at Pioneer is to implement restorative circles school-wide. We will also be expanding use of restorative circles outside of the in-school suspension room and offer restorative circles in lieu of out-of-school suspension, as a way to allow students to be accountable for their behavior and help them make amends. At Pioneer, we have definitely bought into the idea that relationships are essential to student success and school climate. I come from a counseling background. School climate is so critical because students need to feel connected, which helps them feel like they hav e something to contribute to the school community, which in turn empowers them to feel capable of success. Crunching the Numbers: Does it Work? Since the implementation of SWPBIS and BEST, Pioneer High has experienced a reduction in suspensions from 646 before implementation to 118 in 2013-2014. These reductions also correspond with an increase in academic performance index (API) points from 672 before implementation to 745 in 2012-2013. In 2011-2012, the reduction in absences and suspensions translated to into an increase in ADA funding of $97,200. Contact information: Pioneer High School 1400 Pioneer Avenue Woodland, CA 95776 Phone: 530.406.1148 Additional resources: Youth Development Network: YDNetwork.org Challenge Day: www.ChallengeDay.org WJUSD Building Effective Communities Together (BEST): www.wjusd.org/BEST