Reducing Exclusionary Discipline

Positive School Discipline Resources

What is our responsibility as educators?

Every student deserves a safe, accepting, and positive school climate that expects all students to succeed. To ensure our education environments are providing equitable teaching and learning environments for all children, it is crucial all schools examine their current policies and procedures to ensure all students are being met with care, compassion, and being taught in classrooms where their needs are not only met but also understood. The need for relationships and connection is ever more prevalent now due to the COVID pandemic. A priority of all schools should be the focus on building staff to student and peer to peer relationships and connection. Youth suicide continues to rise, stress and anxiety rates rise, as well as teacher burnout. All of these items reflect the desire and need for people to connect. The time is now. The main goal of this resource is to help improve the lives of Indiana students, educators, and families.
Review and Revise: Positive School Discipline Template

This resource will provide possible examples to assist in revising current practices to reflect positive school discipline best practices. This resource may be used as a template to build upon as policy is reviewed and revised.

Comprehensive Positive School Discipline Resource Guide

This document provides a guide to assist schools and districts by providing information, resources, and tools to further the development of Postive School Discipline practices.

A Check List: Analyzing Discipline Policies for Equity

This policy tool is based on 7 Elements found in the PBIS Disproportionality Guidebook.

School-Justice Partnership Project

Use the site search to explore the online resources and references available at SchoolJusticePartnership.org.

Alternatives to Consider

What options do educators have if students are not following school policy? How do we ensure our schools are places where students learn from their mistakes instead of excluding them?


Social-emotional learning is a tier one strategy, used for all students, that has a positive impact on student behavior. Students develop social and emotional competencies not just during a freestanding SEL lesson but through their daily interactions with peers and adults. The way that adults model and support students in learning academic content and responsible behavior sends strong messages that impact students’ social and emotional learning. School-level disciplinarians and counselors who are experts in behavioral interventions and restorative practices have a major impact on the overall integration of SEL into the fabric of a school. Teachers and other school staff are involved in integration as they must have a working knowledge of how to reinforce SEL and set up experiences that strengthen student skills and build a strong class culture. (CASEL.org)

Indiana's Social-Emotional Learning Competencies

This page reviews the seven (7) social-emotional learning competencies adopted by the state of Indiana as well as preventative tools and lessons to help address the whole child.

Free Toolkit for Engagement During Online Learning

From Panorama: 5 Resources for Building Student Engagement in Online Learning

RELATIONSHIPS MATTER: REDUCING SUSPENSION AND EXPULSION

This 25 minute, self-paced video with Deputy Secretary Suzann Morris from Pennsylvania is designed to assist programs as they develop their own policies surrounding expulsion and suspension of young children.

Please contact Lisa Truitt, State Attendance Officer and Social, Emotional, and Behavioral Wellness Specialist at LTruitt1@doe.in.gov, or Steve Balko, Director of School Building Security, at SBalko@doe.in.gov with questions.