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). 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.
“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