The use of reactive disciplinary approaches such as seclusion, restraint, and out-of-school suspension has gained much attention recently, with numerous exposes, government reports, and proposed federal legislation. There is compelling evidence that these approaches are often dangerous for students and create a negative school climate. The challenge to schools seeking to reduce their use of these procedures is determining what their teachers and staff will do instead. Positive behavior support strategies offer an evidence-based alternative that emphasizes prevention of challenging behavior and systematic instruction in positive social skills. By embracing these new approaches we will experience improved school climate and learning environments that foster student achievement and enhanced morale for school personnel and families.
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