Discriminatory Harassment on the Rise in Schools
Bullying has long been an issue in classrooms, but what about discriminatory harassment? A recent survey sponsored by the Southern Poverty Law Center's Teaching Tolerance project sheds light on the issue of post-election harassment in schools. Answered by approximately 10,000 educators, the survey found that 90% of educators felt their school climate was negatively affected by the election and 40% said they heard derogatory language used against students of color, Muslims, immigrants and other students based on gender or sexual orientation. CNN reported about the survey, as well as specific acts of harassment and other safety considerations here.
Managing Behavior: Best-Practice Behavior
Student behavior management and discipline policies have been a major focus of the Department of Education in recent years. In The Atlantic, Education Secretary John King spoke about his own experience with school discipline, as well as the importance of cutting off the school-to-prison pipeline and giving students second chances. He also urged school districts and non-profits to “make sure kids like him don't fall through the proverbial cracks.” Districts that use PublicSchoolWORKS’ Student Behavior Management System (SBMS) are able to do just that.
Reminder: Flu Season is here!
The peak of flu season can occur anytime between November and March, according to the CDC. Seasonal influenza outbreaks are inevitable, but providing students and staff with tips for preventing its spread can decrease the likelihood of a crippling epidemic for your district. Below are a few resources to share with staff and students:
PSW in the News
If you're a member of OSBA, keep an eye out for an article from our very own Tom Strasburger in the December issue of OSBA’s School Management News. Tom's article, “Managing Student Behavior Instead of Punishing Bad Behavior,” overviews how schools are trying to shift away from zero-tolerance and other punitive behavior policies.
Tom will also be featured in the January issue of ASBO MD&DC’s ASBO Matters. This article discusses how a strategic staff training plan can help districts remain in compliance with training mandates, and also reduce risk and help save money on the associated costs.