Emphasis on emotions in expansion of 'restorative discipline' at Dallas ISD

A different approach to discipline at DISD

DALLAS -- Teachers at some Dallas ISD schools are taking a radically different approach to discipline.

Instead of suspension, they're now talking it out with students.

Mario Perry has taught middle school students with the Dallas Independent School District for 14 years. It's never boring.

"Middle school is the age where emotions tend to run a little sideways," Perry said.

He's a social studies teacher and basketball coach. This year, for the first time, he's leading students in talking about emotions and feelings at Sam Tasby Middle School.

"They are a little more accepting to learn from each other,” Perry said.

His sixth grade students align their desks in a circle and share how they're feeling at the present time and what their goals are for the year. 

Dallas ISD started the restorative discipline program at six schools in the 2015-16 school year.  The district saw a 70 percent reduction for in-school and out-of-school suspensions.

Now, the program has expanded to 20 campuses, a mix of elementary and middle schools.

 

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