• I am an administrator and I need to implement a specific alternative and want guidance.

    We have compiled a list of common methods. Review the below names and definitions until you find the alternative that you need or want to implement. If you click on the name of the method, you will be taken to a page with more information, including guidance on implementation and links to more in-depth resources. Many of these frameworks overlap considerably in their implementation and philosophy.

  • In-School Suspensions with a Qualified Educator

    is a method that involves sending students to a separate room where they are monitored by another teacher and provided quiet time to reflect on their behavior and complete their homework.

  • Michigan Model for Health

    is a K-12 health curriculum that addresses the physical, emotional, and social health concerns that students face during each stage of their development.

  • Positive Behavior Intervention & Supports (PBIS)

    is a team-based framework that focuses on preventing problem behaviors, developing pro-social skills, and using data-based problem solving to address current concerns.

  • Restorative Justice

    focuses on repairing the harm caused by behavior. It emphasizes empathy, respect, honesty, acceptance, responsibility, and accountability. It provides students an opportunity to see the effects of their behavior, understand their own responsibility, and take steps toward making things right.

  • Social-Emotional Learning (SEL)

    focuses on helping students and staff "acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions" [Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL)].