After implementing Schoolwide Discipline and Student Support, schools report fewer classroom disciplinary referrals and suspensions (both in-school and out-of-school) and lower rates of course failure, dropouts, late arrivals, and absenteeism. Schools also report higher attendance rates, course completion rates, and GPAs.

In this work, Engaging Schools collaborates with school leaders, student support teams, special education coordinators, and teachers. We support and guide schools through reviewing and revising schoolwide policies, protocols, and practices so they align with the school’s mission and values.

For Schoolwide Discipline and Student Support, Engaging Schools offers:

  • Participation in the Discipline Equity Project (available to whole school districts). [this will link to a flyer provided by Engaging Schools] The Discipline Equity Project aims to develop and adopt district disciplinary policies, practices, and interventions to ensure that all students are treated fairly and equitably. It also reduces disproportionate referrals and suspensions as well as repetitive referrals and suspensions for the same student or group of students.
  • Customized plans for individual schools or districts. We work with district leaders, principals, and leadership teams to customize plans that include professional development, coaching, consulting, instructional rounds, follow-up proficiency modules, and a peer visitation framework.
  • A multi-day Schoolwide Discipline and Student Support institute for schools and districts.

Through training in Schoolwide Discipline and Student Support, teachers and school staff members learn how to:

  • Organize and manage their classes for student success.
  • Implement a preventative, restorative, and accountable approach to classroom discipline.
  • Effectively handle a wide array of adolescent behaviors.
  • Implement a range of research-based instructional strategies and core practices to engage all learners.

Students whose schools use Schoolwide Discipline and Student Support:

  • Develop increased self- and social awareness, self-management, self-discipline, responsible decision-making, and accountability.
  • Move from being passive recipients of academic content to active learners.
  • Learn the core habits of self-discipline, communication, and academic mindsets that enable them to set goals, assess their progress, and persist in difficult tasks.

When schools implement Schoolwide Discipline and Student Support, they learn how to:

  • Develop policies, systems, and practices that build a preventative, restorative, and accountable approach to schoolwide discipline.
  • Foster a safe, caring, and respectful climate.
  • Sustain a personalized, disciplined, and supportive learning environment.
  • Reduce or eliminate harsh, disproportional referrals and suspensions as well as ensure that all students are treated fairly and equitably.
  • Develop or strengthen a case-management structure to provide effective support to high-needs students.
  • Work with external partners to coordinate services.
  • Strengthen existing data management systems to create systematic student data reports that enable targeted and timely consequences and interventions.


“It is critically important to keep students, especially those facing inequality in other parts of their lives, enrolled in school. … The challenge is to find a way to address the situation with better practices, more alternatives, and more effective training of school personnel.”

Daniel J. Losen and Jonathan Gillespie, Opportunities Suspended: The Disparate Impact of Disciplinary Exclusion from School 

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