Before the words “namby-pamby”, “weenie”, or “not the way they did things in my day” start flowing across your lips, take a look at these numbers:

2009-2010 (Before new approach)

798 suspensions (days students were out of school)
50 expulsions
600 written referrals
2010-2011 (After new approach)

135 suspensions (days students were out of school)
30 expulsions
320 written referrals
“It sounds simple,” says Sporleder about the new approach. “Just by asking kids what’s going on with them, they just started talking. It made a believer out of me right away

http://acestoohigh.com/2012/04/23/lincoln-high-school-in-walla-walla-wa-tries-new-approach-to-school-discipline-expulsions-drop-85/

I WISH EVERY TEACHER IN THE WORLD WOULD READ THIS ARTICLE. AND PARENTS, TOO. AND YOU.

(via neil-gaiman)

This makes me both really sad and really hopeful. I hope more schools adopt this. There are some really great people making a difference in education out there.

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