In December 2013, our district public relations director asked me to talk about my approach to discipline for a local television program about the school to prison pipeline. A KCPT special correspondent toured our school and interviewed me for nearly an hour about how we are able to keep nearly every child in school with our multi-leveled school-wide discipline system.

The episode that aired showed me giving two sentences that seemed a little disconnected from the point. (I need to work on my interview skills! I have so much to say that I can't think in media bytes.) 

Anyway, I'm glad I got to share a little about our awesome school. You can view an excerpt of The Local Show, right here:

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I was so excited when I learned that the first educational article I ever wrote was accepted by Educational Leadership for their October 2012 issue on Students Who Challenge Us

ASCD owns the article, so I cannot reproduce it here, but if you or a colleague has a membership, you can read it on the ASCD website. 

For those of you who won't be able to access the article, here are some claims about student discipline I heard throughout my career that I attempt to debunk as myths in my article:
  1. If your lessons are engaging enough, you won't have discipline problems.
  2. I need to find my own style of discipline.
  3. If I have power struggles with students, I must be an ineffective teacher.
  4. A school leader's attention needs to be on instruction, not discipline.
  5. The Code of Conduct is our discipline system.
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