Now that you’ve done the data analysis and review, it’s time to plot your course of action for the remainder of the school year. Let’s look at some activities you can implement at this time:
In examining the specific discipline data, it is critical to address the areas where no improvement has been made or an increase in the behavior has occurred. Let’s examine the data below:
As you can see, there has been an increase in Class Disruption and Lack of Cooperation from January 2016 to January 2017. In an effort to try to analyze further, you may want to see if there are high-frequency patterns within each category of specific students or referring teachers. If this is the case, you can likely address these in Activity 4 below.
If this is not the case and you have multiple students exhibiting the behaviors and a number of teachers reporting these behaviors, it is likely a systemic problem that needs to be addressed.
Let’s look at one example:
Class Disruption will require teachers to reiterate and reinforce classroom expectations and procedures on a frequent basis. It is critical that teachers address the 6 Indicators of the Well-Managed Classroom:
Addressing the 6 Indicators helps the teachers cover all facets of classroom management. Most students will respond to the structure within the 6 Indicators, but the few who don’t may require more individualized interventions. (see Activity 4 below)
4. Meet with your Administrative Staff (Administrators, Counselors, Lead Teachers, etc.) to address any immediate needs regarding specific students or teachers. These are key players in your Campus Plan.
If you have identified a small of group of students with significant behavioral needs that are not already receiving Special Education services, consider a Response to Intervention referral to consider an Intervention Plan or other strategies suggested by the Student Support Team.
Your data may have revealed there are high rates of office discipline referrals from specific teachers, thus a need to address these with the individual teachers. Some teachers may need additional professional development in classroom management, or helpful strategies that address specific school behaviors.
If your school is already using Review360 for School Climate and Response to Intervention, you may want to recommend that the teacher review the Classroom Teacher Modules that address the 6 Indicators of a Well-Managed Classroom and/or the Behaviors of Concern Module that addresses specific behaviors. This online staff development content is an efficient way for teachers to access tips/tools for managing student behavior.
With the help of your fellow administrators and faculty, updating your Behavior Campus Action Plan can be an effective way of addressing current needs and concerns, rather than waiting until the start of the next school year.
By addressing Campus Discipline, Classroom Discipline, and Specific Student Discipline, you are building a well-rounded school that teaches expectations, sets standards, and catches all students so none fall through the cracks. Behavior problems are reduced and instruction becomes the dominant focus.