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Decisions About How the School Responds to Behavior
Decisions about how the school responds to behavior

This chapter focuses on the role of the school leader in decisions about and procedures for school responses to student behavior. It introduces a way of thinking that distinguishes between behaviors that cause harm to others and behaviors that need attention but are not a direct threat to the safety of any other person. The school response to behavior must be consistent, fair, and transparent to staff and students so that the risk of arbitrary or overly punitive reactions is minimized and restorative practices can proceed without misunderstandings and misinterpretations. The chapter covers strategies for recording discipline incidents, emphasizing the importance of engaging the school community in distinguishing between major ...

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