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School Discipline, Classroom Management, and Student Self-Management

School Discipline, Classroom Management, and Student Self-Management
A PBS Implementation Guide

Foreword by Raymond J. McNulty

June 2012 | 320 pages | Corwin

An integrated, comprehensive approach to positive behavioral supports and interventions

How do you help students who "act out" or "shut down" due to academic frustration or whose social and emotional issues keep them from achieving success in school? Based on Project ACHIEVE, a nationally recognized model of school effectiveness and continuous improvement program, this book shows you how. Educators will find a pragmatic, easy-to-follow blueprint for Positive Behavior Support Systems (PBSS) implementation that integrates academics, instruction, and achievement with discipline, behavior management, and student self-management. Award-winning author Howard M. Knoff provides guidance on:

  • Implementing a schoolwide discipline and safe schools program
  • Teaching students interpersonal, social problem solving, conflict prevention and resolution, and emotional coping skills
  • Guiding professional development, staff and student buy-in, and evaluation
  • Strengthening parent and community outreach and involvement

Included are classroom charts and posters, implementation steps and worksheets, and action plans and checklists. Case studies from more than 20 years of research and practice demonstrate how the book's strategies create positive climates, pro-social interactions, and effective management approaches from classroom to common school areas. The results? The students involved are more cooperative and academically engaged; have fewer disciplinary problems; are more socially successful; and earn higher grades and test scores.

Foreword by Raymond J. McNulty
Preface and Acknowledgments
About the Author
1. Integrating a Schoolwide Positive Behavioral Support System (PBSS) Blueprint Into an Effective Schools Process
2. School Readiness and the Steps for PBSS Implementation
3. The School Discipline/PBSS and Other Committees: Effective Team and Group Functioning
4. Behavioral Accountability, Student Motivation, and Staff Consistency
5. Teaching Social, Emotional, and Behavioral Skills
6. School Safety and Crisis Prevention, Intervention, and Response
7. Teasing, Taunting, Bullying, Harassment, Hazing, and Physical Aggression
8. Functional Assessment and Why Students Become Behaviorally Challenging
9. Behavioral Interventions for Students With Strategic and Intensive Needs
10. Evaluating and Sustaining PBSS Outcomes

"This is a nice 'all in one' book that presents an evidence-based model for school discipline, behavior management and school safety together, with a link to a school improvement framework."

Angela Whalen, Instructor
University of Oregon, School Psychology Program

"The positive behavioral support approaches and the student and staff strategies described in this book significantly contributed to moving us from chaos to excellence. Our school was a racially diverse, inner-city school with virtually every student coming from a home of poverty. This program made every adult in the school a better educator and every student more skilled at self-management. This book offers school-friendly approaches and strategies that are doable and affordable, and that change the way administrators and staff look at students' and their own behavior."

Judy Zimny, Former Principal
Hotchkiss Elementary School, Dallas, TX

"This book does an excellent job of systematically taking administrators and school staff though an array of strategies and steps to help them to effectively implement a school-wide, multi-tiered, Positive Behavioral Support System (PBSS). Guided by this book, administrators will have more time to help teachers to improve their teaching skills rather than their classroom management skills. Teachers will spend less time disciplining their students and more time engaging and teaching them. The result is increased academic achievement for the students, and a more positive, safe, and productive climate for schools."

Ron Benner, School Psychologist, Bridgeport, CT
Adjunct Professor, Southern Connecticut State University

"This book provides extensive and practical ways to implement school-wide approaches that result in positive and engaged classrooms, proactive and consistent staff, and safe and successful schools. Its focus on building and sustaining students’ interpersonal, social problem solving, conflict prevention and resolution, and emotional coping skills reminds us that 'discipline' problems often reflect students’ lack of self-management skills. A national expert and past president of NASP, Howard Knoff has written a practical guide that includes step-by-step checklists and procedures to help schools implement successful Positive Behavioral Support systems. This book will be relevant for many years to come."

Susan Gorin, Executive Director
National Association of School Psychologists

"Dr. Howie Knoff blends his decades of academic and practical experience to offer teachers, administrators and school support professionals practical steps for improving student behavior in a manner that is research-based and building-level applicable. As student behavior challenges increasingly permeate all school grade levels while resources to prevent and intervene become more scare, Dr. Knoff's book can serve as a one-stop-shop reference which educators can use to put immediate measures to work for improving school climate, safety and educational achievement."

Kenneth S. Trump, President
National School Safety and Security Services

"Schools need successful practices that are comprehensive but easy to learn, implement, and measure. School Discipline, Classroom Management, and Student Self-Management by Dr. Howie Knoff accomplishes this in a thorough compendium full of actionable interventions, how-to guides, and tools/forms for progress monitoring and evaluation. It is a singular valuable resource – a must read for any staff member, building administrator, or school system intent on implementing best practice behavior supports."

Matthew J. Kamins, School Psychologist and Former School Psychology Supervisor
Montgomery County School District, MD

"Grounded in research-based principles, proven and effective practices, and validation through implementation in schools across the country, Dr. Knoff has created a model blueprint for creating and maintaining a Positive Behavioral Support System (PBSS) that results in more effective schools, behaviorally, socially, and academically. As a former state director of special education who worked with Dr. Knoff to successfully establish and implement PBSS in public schools throughout our state, I witnessed firsthand the effectiveness of this PBSS model in producing desired outcomes. The proof is in the ‘doing,’ and Dr. Knoff’s Project ACHIEVE and PBSS model clearly accomplish that. We should do what works, and this works. Isn’t that what we all want?

Marcia Harding, former Director of Special Education
Arkansas Department of Education

"This book teaches the basics of implementing a schoolwide discipline and safe schools program and is based on Project Achieve, a national model of improvement."

Midwest Book Review, October 2012

Book too general. I will use it as a supplemental resource and not as the main text.

Dr Paula Kenneson
School Of Education, St Bonaventure University
November 13, 2012

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