The Art of In-School Suspension

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Johnathan has seven years of experience as a special education teacher at a therapeutic campus for students with emotional disturbance and four more years as an in-school suspension teacher at two middle schools. After discovering how in-school suspension programs are failing to meet the needs of our most at-risk students, Johnathan created a successful in-school suspension program to address the current disciplinary, academic, and restorative requirements of our student populations. After establishing successful ISS programs on two campuses, he made the decision to create a roadmap for others to follow in his latest book The Art of In-School Suspension. Johnathan now offers professional development and consulting services for schools looking to restructure their In School Suspension programs in an effort to more effectively impact staff and students.

Some Key Takeaways:
  • In school suspension rooms are ineffective the way they are currently run. 
  • The first step to a successful in school suspension program is to figure out your physical and digital structure.
  • All procedures and expectations need to be communicated and in place before the day even starts for students.
  • In school suspension rooms must incorporate trauma informed or "trauma assumed" practices.
  • It's important to remember the nurturing piece required when working with students.
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The Art of In-School Suspension