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A Different Approach to Student Behavior: Addressing School Discipline and Socio-Emotional Learning through Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports

Nathan Barrett and Douglas N. Harris, Education Research Alliance for New Orleans

Date & Time
Wednesday, September 12, 2018
12:00–1:00 pm
Conference Room 760
1555 Poydras, Suite 700
New Orleans LA 70112 Map and directions

There is growing concern about suspension and expulsion rates and disparities by race and income, and interest in focusing schools on student outcomes, such as socio-emotional learning that go beyond test scores. Improved behavioral management has the potential to accomplish both, by reducing negative behaviors and encouraging non-academic behaviors that are important to long-term life success. Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS) is one increasingly common approach being used in thousands of schools across the country.

In this brown bag, we will present initial results of a study that examines the effects of a PBIS platform called Kickboard, which starts with the collection of detailed real-time data on student behavior. By providing the data back to teachers and administrators through dashboards, and through additional school-wide professional development, the intent is to facilitate better student-teacher interactions and more positive student behavior. Using data from Louisiana schools, we address the questions: How was Kickboard implemented in schools? What effect did Kickboard have on suspension rates and suspension lengths? What effect did the use of Kickboard have on other outcomes and specific subgroups of students?

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