Classroom Management and School Discipline: A Comprehensive and Balanced Approach

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School psychologists are often asked how to help students who are exhibiting challenging behavior. You may be wondering, “What does the research support as the most effective approach to improve problem behavior in students?” This presentation thoroughly answers this question with a comprehensive and balanced approach. Dr. Bear covers a wide range of topics such as PBIS, SEL, school climate, behavioral expectations, rewards, punishment, and self-discipline. He is a renowned expert in these areas and has spent his career as a school psychologist researching these topics. Dr. Bear identifies common mistakes that schools make and provides clear recommendations for school psychologists. For example, he discusses what you should do if your school relies too heavily on office discipline referrals and suspensions in response to problem behavior. Dr. Bear highlights two primary aims of school discipline. He describes each aim in-depth and emphasizes the importance of each aim. Released in October of 2022, this individual webinar can be purchased for $25 (scroll down to purchase). The content in this webinar is intertwined with Domains 2, 4, and 6 of the NASP Practice Model.’s recorded webinars are non-refundable. Attendees who complete this 1-hour webinar will receive 1 NASP-Approved CPD credit.

Learning Objectives:

1. Participants will understand the two primary aims of school discipline and how those aims align with the three popular approaches to classroom management and school discipline (i.e., zero tolerance, behavioral, SEL).

2. Participants will be able to explain the distinction between reasonable zero tolerance policies and an unreasonable, and harmful, zero tolerance approach to school discipline, while recognizing that the distinction is important when consulting.

3. Participants will be able to identify the four primary components of a comprehensive and balanced approach to classroom management and school discipline.

Brief Bio:

Dr. George Bear is a professor in the School of Education at the University of Delaware. Dr. Bear’s research focuses on school climate, school discipline, and self-discipline. He has worked as a school psychologist in Iowa, Virginia, and Delaware and has served in multiple leadership positions in school psychology at the national level. He has authored five books, co-edited four others, and published over 100 additional book chapters and articles in peer-reviewed journals. He serves on the editorial boards of School Psychology QuarterlyJournal of Educational and Psychological Consultation, and Journal of School Violence. He is the recipient of the National Association of School Psychologists 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award. 

Attendee Feedback:

“Appreciated the real-life examples and the inclusion of research cited to be able to support a balanced approach when consulting with staff in my schools” – Allison

“Very well organized information paired with organized visuals to illustrate and relay his message, and his points were clearly and concisely relayed. I will be passing this information on to teams in my district!” -Amy

“I thought this was an excellent presentation. He did a great job explaining the different perspectives, their strengths and limitations, and also what works and what doesn’t.” – Devon

“It was helpful to get the insight as to why one approach alone isn’t beneficial. Teacher’s often complain about the use of rewarding positive behavior, so the explanation was helpful. I think helping them realize that we are integrating strategies for the most benefit will hopefully help them understand that we aren’t just “bribing” students, but teaching them how to have self-discipline.” -Effie

“This presentation was very interesting. He is incredibly knowledgable. It was very easy to follow along with and engage in the presentation!” – Emma

“Great presentation overall. I loved the examples of zero tolerance failing. These made the discussion feel more real while putting some humor in.” -Logan

“Great overview of discipline practices and research. I liked that there was an emphasis on finding a balance in managing behaviors and teaching SEL.” – Martha

“The presenter gave the best description of punishment that I have heard. I will be using this in my discussions with teachers and parents.” – Matthew

“I thought the presentation was excellent” -Melissa

“The presentation was informative and useful to my daily practice as a school psychologist” – Molly

“Easy to understand and follow slides, presenter shared stories from his past experiences to help support his presentation, very informative” – Monique

“I really liked the presenter’s balanced approach in addressing punishment, reinforcement, and SEL.” – Ted

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