Summer Reading: Best practices on school safety and discipline

educationdive.com - 08-19

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One of the greatest balancing acts administrators perform is that between school security and culture. On one hand, hardened security measures like metal detectors, cameras and armed guards can negatively impact a school's culture and environment as a warm, welcoming space for learning by creating a prison-like atmosphere instead. There's also an ever-growing body of statistics and research showing that "zero-tolerance" disciplinary measures have pushed many students into the criminal justice system, and that tactics based in social-emotional learning, like restorative justice programs, are a better option for minor disciplinary issues.