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Reducing Discipline Referrals:
Practical Strategies for Working Effectively with the 10% of Your Students that Cause 80% of Discipline Referrals

Presented by Tricia Wells
Outstanding Educator, Behavioral Specialist and National Presenter

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Specifically Designed for Principals, Assistant Principals, Deans, Counselors, Social Workers, Psychologists, and Behavior Interventionists Working with School Office Discipline Referrals

  • Significantly reduce school office discipline referrals
  • Reduce suspensions, detentions and expulsions and use effective consequences that help to keep students successfully in school
  • Use an instructional approach to discipline referrals that leads to significant behavior change for troubled and troublesome students
  • Work collaboratively with staff before, during and after a referral, ensuring a unified approach
  • Receive a detailed school office discipline referral handbook that thoroughly outlines the strategies presented at the seminar and provides specific examples, detailed protocols, checklists, and student forms for improving the effectiveness of your discipline referral process

Practical Ideas and Strategies

If you are looking for proven ways to significantly reduce school office discipline referalls while improving your effectiveness with the portion of your school population who are responsible for the majority of your office referrals, then this is a seminar you won’t want to miss!

In this outstanding, NEW seminar, nationally known expert on effective school discipline, Tricia Wells, will share a proven discipline referral process that can significantly reduce office discipline referrals, school suspensions, detentions, and expulsions using effective consequences that help keep students in school and redirect their attention to learning.

You’ll learn how to implement a highly effective process that helps students regain self-control, learn critical social/life skills and be prepared for successful classroom re-entry. This research-based protocol affects positive behavior change while increasing the confidence and consistency for administrators and other school staff responsible for handling school office discipline referrals.

You’ll leave this seminar with a proven process for handling office discipline referrals that unifies staff, creates a more collaborative school culture and maintains high expectations for behavior and learning, all while keeping students successful in school.

Ten Key Benefits of Attending

  1. Significantly Decrease School Office Discipline Referrals
    Gaining consensus on what constitutes an appropriate referral increases staff comfort and guides decisions … While it is not possible to eliminate all referrals, a clear definition can result in a significant decrease in inappropriate or unnecessary referrals and an increase in appropriate use of office discipline referrals
  2. Reduce Referrals for “Repeat Offenders”
    Learn alternative ways to handle problem behaviors that can lead to greater success in the classroom and reduce the likelihood of future referrals
  3. Increase Students’ Time in the Classroom
    Utilize an instructional approach to address inappropriate behavior that ensures students are also learning social behavior while in the office … Improved behavior skills lead to reduced time spent in the office and increased learning time in the classroom
  4. Learn Proven Ways to Improve Student Social Behavior
    Learn highly effective ways to teach and model effective social competencies so that your students are equipped with critical skills necessary for success in school and life
  5. Reduce Exclusionary Practices
    Suspensions and expulsions are often used not for severe behaviors but for non?compliance … Exclusions lead to school failure, increased likelihood of dropping out, and even involvement with the legal system … Discover practical consequences that can hold students accountable for their behavior while keeping them successfully in school
  6. Increase Staff Satisfaction for Your School Discipline Process
    Learn meaningful ways to involve staff during the office discipline referral process so that your teachers feel supported and a collaborative culture emerges
  7. Increase On-Task Behaviors, Boost Student Achievement
    Discover how, with better social skills and more engaged class time, improved student achievement follows
  8. Strengthen Parental Support and Collaboration
    Utilize a well-planned instructional approach to referrals so that parents will feel that administrators are committed to the success of their child and respond supportively
  9. Proven Strategies for Your Most Challenging Students
    Learn a proven protocol for working effectively with the most challenging students … Discover how consistency in office discipline referrals allows administrators to be a significant part of behavior change efforts
  10. Receive a Detailed Discipline Referral Process Handbook
    Each participant will receive a detailed discipline referral resource handbook that includes detailed directions, specific protocols, student examples, copy-ready forms, and additional resources for strengthening your discipline referral process

Outstanding Strategies You Can Use Immediately

  • Significantly reduce school office discipline referrals
  • How to significantly improve the effectiveness of your school office discipline referral process that results in reduced suspensions, detentions, expulsions, and “repeat offenders”
  • How to establish a shared vision of office discipline referrals as a system of support and collaborative endeavor among staff, administrators, parents
  • How the office referral can play a pivotal role in changing student behavior
  • How to address inconsistent or inappropriate use of referrals by staff and define appropriate referrals
  • How to clarify the staff role in office discipline referrals
  • Ways to build collaborative relationships with referring staff
  • How to de-escalate angry or defiant students and help them regain self-control
  • How to help students demonstrate behaviors of respect needed in the office
  • Effectively problem-solve discipline and academic issues with students
  • How to use behavioral descriptions and rationales to successfully talk with students about their behavior
  • Ways to teach students essential alternative or replacement behaviors for success in school and life
  • Specific alternatives to exclusionary practices
  • How to select consequences that are consistent, fair and yet personalized to the student’s learning needs
  • Proven strategies for assisting students with restitution and restoring/repairing relationships
  • How to prepare students for a successful return to the classroom and to get closure to their problems
  • Proven ways to hold students accountable for missed schoolwork
  • Strategies to ensure teacher readiness for the students’ return with a plan to support ongoing behavior improvement
  • Ways to engage parents in a positive and instructional approach to behavior change
  • How to keep efficient records and collect meaningful data throughout the discipline referral process

A Message From Your Seminar Leader

Dear Colleague:

With 35 years of teaching, consulting, supervising, and training in schools, there is one thing of which I am certain—schools cannot achieve high academic outcomes without attending to school climate and discipline. Discipline and climate are intricately entwined, both founded in the respectful ways that we interact with each other in our schools. Simply stated, schools get better when relationships improve. Yet many discipline approaches do not address the social context of the school.

Sadly, many of our schoolwide practices have also proven to be of limited effectiveness with chronic or intense behaviors. This thinking has resulted in a near epidemic of suspensions and expulsions, yet evidence shows that exclusionary practices result in damaged relationships, school failure, student dropouts, and anti-social behavior. Few view the office discipline referral as a vital learning and relationship-building time. The student referred to the office is afforded a prime opportunity to learn critical social behaviors that are immediately useful to get their “job” back, survive in school and be successful in everyday life. And while office referrals are a major time commitment for administrators, most have never received training on how to capitalize on this time and make it a learning opportunity.

In this seminar, you will solve these and other common problems with office discipline referrals such as:

  • Inconsistent use by staff resulting in more referrals than are warranted
  • Lack of collaboration between referring staff and administrators
  • Student arguing, blaming and non-compliance
  • Lack of closure to problems; continuing tense relationships between staff and students
  • Strained relationships with parents

Join me to learn a powerful and effective office intervention process that is the missing link in most schoolwide discipline efforts that breaks the spiral of chronic misbehavior and changes lives!

I have an unrelenting commitment to today’s youth, especially those who are troubled or troublesome by virtue or their behavior. I am committed to helping schools utilize approaches that lead to the success of all children. Let me help you unleash the power of the office discipline referral as an intervention for change while building a school climate of respect and a culture of collaboration.

Tricia Wells

P.S. The process and strategies and proven protocols I will be sharing in this seminar are research based and have made a significant difference in hundreds of schools throughout North America.

Who Should Attend

Principals, Assistant Principals, Deans, Counselors, Social Workers, Psychologists, and Behavior Interventionists working with school office discipline referrals.

Special Benefits of Attending

Extensive Resource Handbook
Each participant will receive an extensive resource handbook specifically designed for this seminar. The handbook includes:

  • Strategies for reducing school office discipline referrals
  • Adult behaviors to de-escalate angry or defiant students and prepare them to accept feedback and problem-solve
  • A detailed three-phase protocol for working effectively with students from the point they are referred until they return to class
  • How to work collaboratively with staff before, during and after a referral
  • A series of predictable yet flexible consequences that provide alternatives to exclusion
  • Restorative practices to ensure that students repair relationships, are held accountable for missed work and have a plan to re-enter the school program successfully

Meet and Share
This seminar provides an excellent opportunity for participants to meet and share ideas with other educators interested in significantly improving the office discipline referral process and reducing repeat occurrences.

Consultation Available
Tricia Wells will be available at the seminar for consultation regarding your questions and the unique needs of your school(s) office discipline referral process.

On-Site Training Guarantee

BER is not a booking agency that just finds a presenter who presents on the topic you requested. Rather, we only recommend highly experienced BER presenters who have consistently received outstanding evaluations from educators attending their trainings.

Consequently, we provide a strong program guarantee.

We guarantee you'll be fully satisfied or you'll owe us nothing after your on-site training event.

Bring this seminar to your school or district!

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