Your school discipline
program isn’t working.
If you’re ready to rethink and
retool, then you’re ready for
collaborative problem solving.
Ross W. Greene
When I met with an assistant principal last year, he showed me the statistics he had com- piled on the astronomical rates of disciplinary referrals, detentions, and suspensions in his school the previous
year. “This is just not OK,” he said.
And then he showed me another statistic. “Do
you know that 75 percent of those disciplinary
referrals, suspensions, and detentions were
accounted for by only 20 students in my school?
Those are my frequent flyers. If I’m seeing those
students constantly, then what I’m doing isn’t
working. These students really need me—I mean
us—to do something different around here.”