A complete guide to a paradigm-shifting model of school discipline. Disruptive students need problem-solving skills, not punishment.
Traditional school discipline is ineffective and often damaging, relying heavily on punishments and motivational procedures aimed at giving students the incentive to behave better. There is a better way.
Dr. Ablon and his co-author Dr. Pollastri have been working with schools throughout the world to refine the Collaborative Problem-Solving (CPS) approach, creating a step-by-step program for educators based on the recognition—from research in neuroscience—that challenging classroom behaviors are due to a deficit of skill, not will. This book provides everything needed to implement the program, including reproducible assessment tools to pinpoint skill deficits in areas like frustration tolerance and flexibility that are at the root of students' challenging behaviors.
Whether you are a teacher, counselor, coach, or administrator, the CPS approach to school discipline will provide you with a new mindset, an assessment process, and an effective intervention plan for each of your challenging students. You will walk away with strategies that are immediately actionable with the students in your life.
About the Author
J. Stuart Ablon, PhD, is an associate professor at Harvard Medical School and founder and director of Think:Kids at Massachusetts General Hospital.
Alisha R. Pollastri, PhD, is a clinical psychologist and researcher, the director of research and evaluation at Think:Kids, and a faculty member at Harvard Medical School.
I'm so excited that The School Discipline Fix will soon be shared with the world! The intervention approach described here provides a much-needed roadmap through what is often rough terrain for educators: the struggle to understand and positively impact the lives of kids with challenging behaviors. Its implementation, so clearly set out in these pages, holds hope for the future of every child.
— Jenifer Aldrich, MEd, Principal, West Windsor, VT
Finally, the ultimate guide to CPS for schools! This book provides a framework, language, and tools for understanding and supporting all students with compassion and humanity, especially those who challenge us. This new mindset and simple assessment process upset traditional notions about why some students behave in a challenging way and leads to intervention that really works! — Tricia Bailey Sauvé, MEd, Behavior/Autism Teacher/Consultant
At a time when safety and a sense of connection are paramount to students in our schools, Dr. Ablon and Dr. Pollastri offer us an approach that supports both students who act out and the teachers who teach them. This book provides real-life examples of CPS in action, ensuring all school staff members—teachers, counselors, and administrators—are equipped to meet the needs of all students. — Rebecca McMurdie, MEd, Principal, KIPP Washington Heights Elementary School, NYC