Code of Conduct: A Guide to Responsive Discipline extends Teaching Tolerance’s work in school discipline reform and responsive discipline practice to include multiple stakeholders throughout the school. This guide includes scenarios and questions tailored specifically to teachers, counselors, building and district leaders and school resource officers. It can be used to prompt individual self-reflection or to kick-start conversations among colleagues about beliefs and practices related to student misbehavior. Analyzing the conditions that push students out of school—such as a zero-tolerance disciplinary culture—is an important first step toward making the shifts necessary to end the school-to-prison pipeline.
Find your role, read the scenario and consider the questions. Each question is designed to stimulate thinking about how your thoughts and actions could keep the hypothetical student in the classroom and out of the juvenile justice system. Then, try asking the role-specific questions about real-life disciplinary scenarios that challenge you at your school.