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School Discipline

School Discipline
Best Practices for Administrators

Second Edition
  • Louis Rosen - School Justice Institute, Executive Director

May 2005 | 128 pages | Corwin
'For the seasoned professional, the book provides a way of developing the administration team. For potential administrators, the book introduces a range of topics for consideration before entering the field' - John Davis, Principal, Juan Cabrillo Elementary School, Malibu, CA

Build a school community where educators and students can concentrate on the business of learning.

Louis Rosen offers the best ideas and most workable discipline practices from more than 1,000 school leaders. School Discipline Second Edition, is loaded with updates, and gives administrators all the tools they need to create a safe environment, from dealing effectively with the 5% of students who take up 90% of their time, to creating a positive public image in the community. It also helps educators keep up with the latest research and effective methods while helping teachers gain good classroom management skills.

Updates include:

- Timely issues such as fairness of zero tolerance policies

- A new chapter offering prevention strategies

For both seasoned administrators and those new to the job, this book will help you ensure a safe and just school while allowing diversity and individuality to flourish. This hands-on guide contains contracts, photocopiable forms, and worksheets that you can use as they are or customize for your own school.

List of Forms and Figures
About the Author
1. Fair Schoolwide Discipline
Defining the Goals of School Discipline

Providing Leadership for Fair and Just Discipline Practices

Using a Justice Issues School Checklist

2. Developing Good School Rules and a Student Code of Conduct
Legal Requirement for Local School Rules

What Makes a Good School Rule?

What to Include in a Student Code of Conduct

A Model Student Code of Conduct


3. Setting Consequences for Breaking Rules
Teachers' Responsibility for Classroom Discipline

Violations of Federal and State Laws and School Discipline

Consequences for Violating School Rules Outlined in the Student Code of Conduct

Prescriptive Discipline Strategies

Conducting Your Own Research on Discipline Strategies


4. Procedural Justice and Effective School Discipline
Landmark Due Process School Discipline Cases

Legal Authority for Administering Schools

Developing Fair Procedures for All

Linking Community Services, Law Enforcement, and Schools for High-Risk Youth


5. Suspension and Expulsion as Consequences
Long-Term Suspension or Expulsion

Exceptional Children

Student Questioning


Zero Tolerance

6. Disciplining Students With Disabilities

Individuals With Disabilities Education Act

Why Are There Special Rules About Discipline for Children With Disabilities?

Does IDEA Contain Provisions That Promote Proactive Up-Front Measures That Will Help Prevent Discipline Problems?

Can a Child With a Disability Who Is Experiencing Significant Disciplinary Problems Be Removed to Another Placement?

Can a Child With a Disablilty Be Removed From Placement for More Than Ten Days in a School Year?

After the Tenth School Day Then What?

Expulsion of Students With Disabilities
Weapons Possession by Students With Disabilities

7. Best Strategies to Keep Your School Safe
Prevention Strategies

Discovery Strategies

Remedies, Consequences, and Deterrents as Strategies


8. School Climate and Its Relation to School Discipline
The School as a Friendly Place

Group Openness

Emphasize the Positive

Promote Respect for Staff and Students

Promoting Classroom Management Skills

Valuing Diversity

School Climate and Communication

School Climate and School Safety

9. Mental Health and Anger Control as Prevention Strategies
Anger Control as a Prevention Strategy

Anger Control and High-Risk Students

Relations With the Community as a Prevention Strategy

The School Administrator as Employment Counselor



"For the seasoned professional, the book provides a way of developing the administration team. For potential administrators, the book introduces a range of topics for consideration before entering the field."

John Davis, Principal
Juan Cabrillo Elementary School, Malibu, CA

“This book will appeal to a wide range of school administrators, both elementary and secondary. In addition, I feel this book would greatly benefit principals and assistant principals new to the profession. The book provides an excellent overview of school discipline.”

Royce Avery, Principal
Dunbar Junior High Math/Science Academy, TX

Sample Materials & Chapters


Chapter 1: Fair Schoolwide Discipline

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