Evidence-based nonpunitive alternatives to zero tolerance

"Zero tolerance" refers to school disciplinary policies that set out explicit, predetermined punishments for specific violations of school rules, regardless of the situation or context of the behavior. These arose in the wake of school violence episodes such as Columbine. This resource, Multiple Responses, Promising Results: Evidence-based Nonpunitive Alternatives to Zero Tolerance, is a 12-page research-to-results brief from Child Trends. The brief … [Read more...]

Zero tolerance and alternative strategies

Zero tolerance has come to refer to school or district-wide policies that mandate predetermined, typically harsh consequences or punishments (such as suspension and expulsion) for a wide degree of rule violation. Yet research indicates that zero tolerance policies are ineffective in the long run and are related to a numberof negative consequences. Written for educators and policy makers, this fact sheet discusses proven discipline strategies that … [Read more...]

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