Positive Schoolwide Discipline Possible with New Approach: Experienced Elementary School Leaders Offer Practical Strategies in New Book

July 29, 2011
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Northeast Foundation for Children, Inc.
85 Avenue A, P.O. Box 718, Turners Falls, MA 01376
800-360-6332, ext. 111
Turners Falls, Massachusetts—The way to bring positive behavior to a school is through strong, consistent, and positive discipline. In Responsive School Discipline: Essentials 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
Roger P. Weissberg, president and CEO of the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and
Emotional Learning (CASEL) says, “Every elementary school leader should read this book. Educators who work with their staff to apply its high-reaching yet practical strategies can make real strides toward ensuring positive, lasting academic and personal outcomes for students.”
Responsive School Discipline: Essentials for Elementary School Leaders
July 2011, 274 pp., paperback, $24.00
ISBN: 978-1-892989-43-7
About the Authors
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. His other books include Time to Teach, Time to Learn: Changing the Pace of School and Yardsticks: Children in the Classroom Ages 4–14.
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 Tool for Teachers.
About Northeast Foundation for Children, Inc.

Northeast Foundation for Children, Inc. (NEFC), a not-for-profit 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.

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