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7 Steps for Developing a Proactive Schoolwide Discipline Plan

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Table of Contents

Foreword Acknowledgements About the Author Introduction Section 1. Critical Perspectives 1. Establishing the Need for a Proactive Discipline Plan 2. Essential Features of a Proactive Schoolwide Discipline Plan 3. Vital Role of the Principal and Administrative Support 4. Establishing a Building Leadership Team Section 2. Components of a Proactive Schoolwide Discipline Plan 5. Purpose Statement 6. Schoolwide Behavior Expectations 7. Teaching the Behavior Expectations 8. Maintaining the Behavior Expectations 9. Correcting Problem Behavior 10. Using the Data 11. Sustaining the Plan for the Long Haul Concluding Remarks Appendices References Index Credits

About the Author

Geoff Colvin draws on his experience as a classroom teacher and administrator, researcher at the University of Oregon, and national public school consultant. Recognized as a national expert on the subjects of school safety and violence prevention, Colvin has provided inservice training for teachers and administrators in more than 100 school districts and agencies nationally and internationally. He recently served as research associate at the University of Oregon and independent consultant in the areas of schoolwide discipline, school climate, school safety, and violence prevention, and has also directed a juvenile detention school and a program for seriously emotionally disturbed youth. Colvin has authored more than sixty publications, books, book chapters, journal articles, and video programs on the subject of teaching and managing students with problem behavior.


"Guides the administrator and leadership team to organize the necessary development, definition, and implementation of a behavior plan that enhances school climate." -- Principal Magazine, November/December 2007 "True to his best practices approach, Colvin has organized and applied systems and organizational change strategies to enable schools to identify, adopt, adapt, establish, and maintain effective behavior management practices for all students and staff members. Using his vast array of school and classroom experiences, this book is Colvin's comprehensive presentation of the whats, whys, and hows of effective schoolwide discipline." -- From the Foreword by George Sugai "One of the most important texts on the systemic management of student behavior to date that could possibly be placed in the hands of a school administrator. Not only offers the nuts and bolts of a well-designed student management system, but also provides the reader with a pragmatic, evidence-based approach to organizational change." -- Joe Olmi, Associate Professor and Center Director "Grab the book with one hand and a member of your team with the other. You are about to embark on a great adventure, one that will support you in making a real difference in the ways you grow children." -- Nancy J. Franklin, Coordinator of Behavior Support "Should be mandatory reading for all those planning to enter the teaching profession. Colvin's approach has transformed our schools into positive places for learning." -- Carol Comeau, Superintendent "Provides an excellent resource for educators who are rethinking school discipline by moving from ineffective 'get tough' practices toward a more supportive, instruction-based approach. Building on the current knowledge base and his own wealth of experience, Colvin has authored an easy-to-read, step-by-step guide that will be a great resource to school-based teams as they attempt to build environments that better serve all students, including those at risk." -- Tim Lewis, Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies "Outlines how to define, teach, acknowledge, and measure the positive social behavior in a school. Major strengths include the careful attention to collecting and using data for decision making, and the thoughtful attention to ensuring that procedures are implemented in a sustainable manner." -- Rob Horner, Professor "Fills an important gap in the literature, providing a 'how-to' manual for implementing an effective and sustainable schoolwide intervention plan. The worksheets and checklists will prove invaluable for those building schoolwide systems." -- Cynthia M. Anderson, Associate Professor of School Psychology "An excellent contribution to the education field. Clearly written and easy to follow." -- Susan Okeson, Principal "The reader comes away with a clear understanding of student learning occurring as a result of a well-implemented, well-maintained proactive schoolwide discipline plan." -- Craig Knotts, Administrator

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