Rethinking Discipline: Strategies at Work in Schools Today

Zero-tolerance policies, which require out-of-school suspension or expulsion for certain inappropriate behaviors, have become the go-to disciplinary approach in many schools, though research suggests they have some downsides. Two alternate approaches that are more focused on changing behavior are restorative practices and PBIS—Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports.

At Haut Gap Middle and other Charleston, S.C., schools, educators say PBIS has transformed student behavior and increased academic performance. At Christian Fenger Academy High in Chicago, the new restorative approach to student behavior teaches discipline through discussion, support, and "peace circles." Learn how each of these approaches work from the educators who’ve been using them.


  • Bob Stevens, school district PBIS coordinator, Charleston County, S.C.
  • Robert Spicer, dean, Christian Fenger Academy High School, Chicago

This webinar will be moderated by Nirvi Shah, staff writer for Education Week.

Underwriting for the content of this webinar has been provided by The Atlantic Philanthropies, NoVo Foundation, The Raikes Foundation, and The California Endowment.


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