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Positive Discipline: A Guide to Restorative Practices

Graduate-Level Credit / Non-Credit Hours
3 Semester Credits, 4.5 CEUs, or 45 Clock Hours

Course Description

Participants in this course will examine research-based proactive practices and best practices of the alternative discipline.  Strategies for improving classroom and school culture through the use of alternative discipline will be explored.  Participants will reflect on their discipline philosophy to establish a framework for growth to effectively implement positive alternative discipline interventions and strategies.  Participants will learn about alternatives to school discipline and the most effective ways to reach students and to reward positive behaviors.  When students do misbehave participants will learn ways that students can still receive appropriate instructional time and be part of the classroom community.  Participants will leave the course with a toolkit of resources to impact their classroom and school community through alternative discipline.    

Global Goals of the Course

  1. To examine current research in the area of best practice using alternative discipline instruction (NBPTS 3,4)
  2. To develop an understanding of strategies and interventions that will respond appropriately and efficiently towards student misbehavior to improve learning in today’s classroom (NBPTS 1,3,4)
  3. To analyze current instructional practices  to promote an understanding of positive behavioral interventions and instructional planning to better support student learning (NBPTS 1,3,4)
  4. To explore possible applications of alternative discipline methods to help students avoid future misbehavior and to develop a positive climate within the school community (NBPTS 1,2,3,4)
  5. To synthesize best practice research and classroom applications of alternative discipline (NBPTS 2,3,4)



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By Paula McManis
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By Amanda Peck
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By Sara Loch
Reviewed 2 years ago
Loved the course! I found it meaningful and easy to keep up with, I enjoyed the readings & supplemental materials.

By Allison Murphy
Reviewed 1 year ago
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By Kyle Ruiz
Reviewed 10 months ago
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10/10/22 - 11/06/22
Oct 10 – Nov 06, 2022
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