Webinar: Non-Exclusionary Discipline Evidence-Based Alternatives to the Referral/Suspension Quagmire (K-12)





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Non-Exclusionary Discipline: Evidence-Based Alternatives to the Referral/Suspension Quagmire (K-12)

Increasing focus on academic achievement and the challenge of reaching the most at-risk students has caused forward-thinking educators to look for alternatives to disciplinary procedures that rely heavily on office referrals and suspensions. 

In January, the US Departments of Education and Justice jumped with both feet into the discussion – due to concerns about the inequities involved with the administration of “exclusionary discipline” and the impact of existing policies on the “school-to-prison pipeline.”  The Feds’ release of Guiding Principles: A Resource Guide for Improving School Climate and Discipline has intensified the discussion around school discipline, while sparking a heated debate about the root causes for inequities in school discipline:  some believe the inequities are caused by longstanding racial issues, while others believe that social and economic issues may be important underlying factors. 

What almost everyone can agree on is that educators have a far greater opportunity for success if they can keep students, especially at-risk students, in the classroom.  In this timely 90-minute webinar, educators will be guided through schoolwide evidence-based discipline practices which have schools reporting reductions as much as 90 percent in office referrals and almost eliminating suspensions.   Larry Thompson – Author, National Speaker and former National Principal of the Year Candidate — will reveal tested strategies for defusing the most challenging moments with students, especially at-risk students.  

Because many resistant and defiant students also struggle academically, Larry will discuss strategies for keeping these students in class – so the student may grasp the material and the teacher, administrator and school may focus on exceeding academic targets. Using principles of Responsibility-Centered Discipline, attendees will learn how to move students, not only to obedience, but to actually taking ownership of their actions.  Specific practices will be addressed that will help educators avoid crisis situations, defuse defiance and put resistant students on the path to academic success.


Webinar Highlights & DOE Action Checklist Items Covered: 


  • Set high expectations for behavior and adopt an instructional approach to discipline – A 5-Step Approach to Managing Challenging Moments


  • Ensure that clear, developmentally appropriate and proportional consequences apply for misbehavior – Incorporating “Support” and “Benefit” Statements into Disciplinary Conversations with Students
  • Remove students from the classroom only as a last resort, ensure that alternative settings provide academic instruction, and return students to class as soon as possible – Time-Based Consequences vs. Response-Ability-Centered Consequences
  • Involve families, students, and school personnel, and communicate regularly and clearly – Using the a De-escalation Process to Create Responsible Students by Harnessing the Power of Self-Regulation




Learning Objectives: 
In this webinar you will learn to:

  • Understand why current systems are failing.
  • Reflect on your current disciplinary methods (obedience vs. responsibility).
  • Utilize practices for creating a school culture in which students take ownership of their actions.
  • Master techniques for dealing with different low-to-high intensity disciplinary cases.
  • Understand methods to drastically decrease staff disciplinary referrals to the office.
  • Cultivate clear, appropriate and consistent expectations and consequences to address disruptive student behaviors.
  • Differentiate between obedience-based discipline and Responsibility-Centered Discipline.


About the Presenter: 

Former National Principal of the Year candidate Larry Thompson is a nationally known speaker and school consultant. He is the developer of the Responsibility-Centered Discipline program. This program helps professional educators to increase student compliance with core beliefs and guidelines, while requiring them to take personal ownership of their actions. It emphasizes specific skills and practices that help school personnel to deal effectively with student-behavior scenarios from low-to-high emotional intensity, while retaining a sense of calm professional and personal confidence.  Larry is the author of:

  • Give ‘Em Five: A Five-Step Approach for Handling Challenging Moments with Adolescents
  • Give ‘Em Five: A Five-Step Approach to Handling Challenging Moments with Children
  • Ricky Ritat Goes to School


Additional information

Weight 1 oz
Dimensions 8.5 × 11 × .25 in
Webinar Type