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The data is clear: Even just one out of school suspension sets a student on a path for low academic achievement and failure. The word "discipline" comes from the Latin word "disciplina" which means "to teach." What does punishment such as suspension teach children? Schools across the country and globe are recognizing the evidence-based power of using positive relationships, community building, conflict resolution and even meditation as alternatives to harsh, reactionary punishments.
In addition to the resources blow, check out this link to a teacher created webpage for restorative practices supported by AFT's International Affairs team.
Restorative Practices Toolkit
Download this free resource from the Schott Foundation.