Alternatives to Suspension

Comprehensive behavior assessment and student-specific positive behavior interventions are critical for providing appropriate specialized services for students with disabilities and challenging behaviors. Each student has unique educational needs related to their disability.

It is vital that educators, administrators and other interested individuals are aware of the quality services are available for individualized assessment and intervention, to help ensure all children get needed support for healthy development and lifelong learning.

Developing alternatives to suspension and implementing evidence-based interventions can help reduce out-of-school suspensions as a response to disciplinary incidents and keep students in school where they can learn.
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    Tier II systems and procedures utilize data-driven processes to identify and tailor supports for students with academic and behavioral needs that interfere with learning. These students need supports that address the underlying academic and behavior skill deficits that are preventing them from engaging in learning.
  • Alternatives-to-Suspension Cohort 1 Outcomes and Lessons Learned - 8/16/16
    Projects and results from districts in year three (Burnsville-Savage-Eagan, Columbia Heights, ISD 287 and 916, Proctor, South Washington).
  • Alternatives-to-Suspension Cohort 2 Grant Projects - 8/16/16
    Projects and results from Duluth, North St. Paul/Maplewood/Oakdale, St. Cloud and Winona
  • Alternative-to-Suspension Grant Progress Report: Year 2 - 8/16/16
    Grants were awarded to five school districts to develop alternatives-to-suspension programs and implement interventions that reduce the need for suspension as a response to disciplinary incidents. The second year of the grant focused on sustainability of effective practices and the development of systematic data collection protocols.
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    Evidence from many studies suggests that out-of-school suspension is not effective in deterring behavior problems, and instead, is linked to harmful effects on schools and youth.
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    In order to reduce the use of suspension, educators must develop evidence-based practices to actively teach and reinforce positive student behavior and to address the underlying reasons for misbehavior.
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    Effective classroom management strategies help to prevent student misbehavior and missed instructional time due to disciplinary practices such as out-of-school suspensions and have an impact on instruction and student achievement.
  • Alternatives-to-Suspension Grant Report - 2/10/12
    Year 1 Case Study: Impact of grants designed to assist schools develop programs and implement scientific research-based interventions that reduce the need for suspension.
  • Template for documenting System of Scientific Research-Based Intervention Plan - Draft - 11/2/11
    for district self-review or gap-analysis of System of Scientific Research-Based Intervention plans