Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center

Community Building: A Positive Approach to Discipline in Schools

Author: Katherine A. Jankowski, Ph.D.

This paper addresses the changing needs in school discipline and describes issues that need to be addressed to create effective discipline for students. These issues include increased school violence, emotional intelligence, and parental involvement. The author also presents how a Community Building philosophy adopted at the Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center's demonstration schools can effectively address student discipline. She cites a number of classroom activities that have been successful at Kendall Demonstration Elementary School and the Model Secondary School for the Deaf.

This is a Sharing Ideas paper. The “Sharing Ideas” series comprises working or occasional papers of interest to parents and professionals working with deaf and hard of hearing children. Works in the series are often prepared for a specific ‘occasion’ and include papers, presentations, or final reports that address a need in the field or contribute to the growing body of knowledge about educating deaf and hard of hearing children. The intent of the series is to act as a clearinghouse for sharing information from a number of sources.

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