Caring School Discipline
The primary goal of the Caring School Community program’s approach to discipline is to help the students acquire self-discipline: to build self-control, conscience, and a sense of responsibility from within. The program accomplishes this goal through two methods:
- whole-class instruction, which helps teachers to establish effective discipline with the whole class.
- one-on-one interventions found in Caring School Discipline™, which help teachers work with individual students who need additional support.
Nationally Recognized, Evidence-based Program
Caring School Community is a rigorously-evaluated SEL program. Two federally funded evaluations of the Caring School Community program—one in St. Louis, MO and the other in San Francisco, CA—have shown that creating a strong sense of community increases students’ academic performance. Additionally, one of these studies has shown that CSC has a significant positive impact on student behavior.
Specific research on the Child Development Project (CDP), the precursor to CSC, showed that the program had a significant impact. See the results of that research here; additional research results can be found here.
Both CSC and its precursor have attained recognition nationwide. The U.S. Department of Education highlighted the Caring School Community program’s research base and effectiveness. The program has also been recognized in a variety of national publications.
National and State Organizations
U.S. Department of Education, What Works Clearinghouse
- Program found to have potentially positive effects on behavior
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP)
National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
- Research-based drug abuse prevention program
U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP)
California Healthy Kids Resource Center
- Research-validated program for alcohol and other drugs and safe learning environments
- An Educational Leader’s Guide to Evidence-based Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Programs, created by Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL), provides school leaders with a comprehensive, rigorous review of programs. The Caring School Community program was identified as a “select” program, making it one of the highest-rated programs among nearly 80 programs reviewed.
- Educational Leadership is the flagship publication of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD). In the March 2003 issue, the Caring School Community program was identified as an effective program in two separate articles.
Recognized as an exemplary program by the following:
National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP)
American Association of School Administrators (AASA)
National School Boards Association (NSBA)