July 12, 2011

Positive Schoolwide Discipline Possible With New Approach

Experienced Elementary School Leaders Offer Practical Strategies in New Book

TURNERS FALLS, Mass., July 12, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The way to bring positive behavior to a school is through strong, consistent, and positive discipline. In Responsive School Discipline: Essential Strategies for Elementary School Leaders, the newest book from the developers of the Responsive Classroom® approach to elementary teaching, veteran school administrators Chip Wood and Babs Freeman-Loftis offer practical strategies for building a safe, calm, and respectful school climate--strategies based on deep respect for children and for staff.

When school opens this fall, elementary school leaders can use Responsive School Discipline for a fresh approach that truly brings positive behavior to their school. Rita White, Principal of Riverwood Elementary School in Memphis, Tennessee and National Distinguished Elementary Principal says that, "this resource will help you lead staff and parents to see that discipline isn't something you do to children, but an opportunity for them to learn. I wish this book had been available in the early years of my career as a Principal."

The new book shows principals and other school leaders ways to:

  • Establish signals that get children's quick, quiet attention anytime and anywhere in school
  • Craft school rules that children take seriously--even cherish
  • Create peaceful recesses, lunchtimes, hallways, and bus rides
  • Give staff techniques for teaching and reinforcing expected behavior
  • Help children with especially challenging behaviors avoid discipline problems
  • Give staff methods for quickly restoring positive behavior when a discipline problem comes up
  • Involve parents in improving school discipline

Responsive School Discipline: Essential Strategies for Elementary School Leaders
Chip Wood and Babs Freeman-Loftis
July 2011, 274 pp., paperback, $24.00
ISBN: 978-1-892989-43-7

Chip Wood has been an elementary school teacher, principal, district curriculum director, and teacher educator in his 40 year career in education. In 1981 he co-founded Northeast Foundation for Children, the developer of the Responsive Classroom approach to teaching.

Babs Freeman-Loftis taught elementary physical education for fourteen years before moving into administration as an assistant principal for nine years. She is a Responsive Classroom Consultant and co-author of the handbook The Responsive Classroom Assessment.

Northeast Foundation for Children, Inc. (NEFC), a nonprofit organization, was established in 1981 by elementary school educators who envisioned a way of teaching that would bring together academic and social learning throughout the school day. That way of teaching, called the Responsive Classroom® approach, is now being used in schools across the country and in Canada. For more information, visit http://www.responsiveclassroom.org.

SOURCE Northeast Foundation for Children, Inc.