Culture Shift

Moving from exclusion to relational discipline policies.

Topics: Social Emotional Learning, School Culture and Climate

For centuries, schools have relied on exclusionary discipline approaches to deter and limit misbehavior in schools. But research from the fields of psychology, sociology, and economics consistently indicates that when students are excluded, it increases incidences of misbehavior, detachment, mental health challenges, dropout rates, and juvenile and adult incarceration. Conversely, increasing access to restorative practices results in better student outcomes across all areas.

Use this Leading Lessons guide with your school staff to reflect on the discipline practices in your school and how—together—you can take steps to be more intentional about implementing restorative practices.