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7/28/17
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Reflection Paper
A struggle that I had reflected on earlier this week was regarding our discipline reinforcement. Based on data, our admin. team has work to do to consistently enforce rules for student conduct, support teachers’ efforts to maintain discipline in the classroom and increase the number of students at the school who follow rules of conduct. (TELL Survey Data 4/17)
Some changes that we have put in place since the survey was conducted in April include creating a referral form that is 2 part which allows us to know specifically what the teacher needs from us and what the fraction of the student was. The majority of teachers indicate disruptive behavior and defiance of authority. We can provide feedback on the form as to how we handled it and what consequence was given and put a copy in the teacher’s box. A second change we made is providing Saturday School for students who have not responded to community service and other RJ measures. Students are expected to come in for 2 hours from 8-10 am on Saturdays and meet with an administrator. Although, I am not sure how much this added consequence has deterred students from misbehaving, it has helped the staff feel more supported. I am not sure that they appreciate us each giving up a Saturday morning to be with our families to support the school.
When I was first introduced to Culture of Care and our district set up evening 4 part training I felt in many ways that piloting this concept is the answer to our prayers. We have so many students with multiple ACES (I want to pursue exact data for this) and we know that kids who have encountered chronic stress go into fight or flight mode when confronted by a person of authority. In most case, it is fight. I have attended a 2 day training with Eric Jensen and learned a great deal about students in poverty and the brain. I brought this back to share with teachers in break out sessions we did in February but felt it fell flat because I attempted to introduce too much of Eric’s work.
I look forward to sharing my plans with our admin. team and discuss how we can make this happen. I have emailed the director of SPED and Counseling to inquire about the likelihood that we will be selected as a middle school for the pilot. I believe we have the space, human capitol and a needy student population that would benefit tremendously from this work.

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Here are the slides from Day 1. It was wonderful engaging with you all!
Day 1 Slides EDAD 533
Day 1 Slides EDAD 533
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Day 2 Slides
Day 2 EDAD 533
Day 2 EDAD 533
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