For school districts looking for a sustainable approach that is culturally responsive, trauma- informed and integrates discipline and social learning across a number of schools in a single district or region, Sound Discipline offers the District Partnership.
District Partnerships enable multiple schools within a single district to build learning communities that:
- Integrate and sustain SEL (social-emotional learning) practices that apply brain science, trauma-informed, restorative, and Positive Discipline practices;
- Train and support educators to apply and model classroom practices that are solution oriented and instill critical social emotional life skills;
- Foster inclusive school-wide cultures that promote student agency and well-being;
- Build data driven practices to identify and implement solutions that address harmful systemic patterns of inequity.
Is our district a good fit?
Readiness is important. Questions to ask:
- Does our district aim for schools in which every student can feel safe, belong, learn, and thrive?
- Are we seeking to be more inclusive, trauma-informed, and culturally responsive so that all members of our community feel welcome and can learn?
- Are we routinely collecting and using data to observe discipline and student engagement patterns, develop solutions, and improve continuously?
- Is our district seeking to partner with families and the community?
- Is our district able to make a 3-year investment in this direction for long term sustainability?
- School districts from anywhere in the U.S. can partner with Sound Discipline through this model.
Every district is different. We co-design an approach for your district that meets you where you are as you move toward a sustainable model.
- Meet with us! Introduce a leadership team to the Sound Discipline Approach. We’ll also be glad to share references of school and district leaders using the Sound Discipline program to transform their learning communities.
- Co-develop an initial implementation strategy. Create a stepwise plan intentionally aimed toward sustainability and collaboration.
- Plant seeds and invite buy-in. Start with open professional development offerings with practical tools that can be used the next day. Planting seeds this way grows skill and knowledge while inviting buy-in. It decreases resistance that often arises from what are perceived as top-down directives.
- Take small steps. We will help you establish systems for collecting and easily using discipline data.
- Make it sustainable. Hire a district-wide implementation coach who will be trained by Sound Discipline to support the process over time. Sound Discipline will work alongside the District coach until they are able to support schools on their own.
- Start small. We recommend starting implementation in 1-3 schools. This gives us time to train your coach and it also provides a model of success for other schools to learn from.
- Be strategic. Add schools with intention. Our experience is that leadership and educator buy-in are key ingredients for success. Strategically developing readiness at additional schools will improve long term outcomes.
- Engage your whole district. Add schools as readiness develops and accelerates.
Starting Points by Readiness Level
Training and Professional Development
For schools interested in beginning to apply trauma-informed and culturally responsive practices, Sound Discipline offers workshops, regular professional development, and coaching to begin to explore this work at the classroom level. From the outset, educators begin to apply new tools and practices that lead to immediate and noticeable changes for themselves and their students.
Data Team Schools
For schools interested in the next level of engagement and integration of social learning and discipline, it is helpful to start by building a system of reflective data use. The whole school receives an introduction to trauma-informed practices and then a representative team of educators begins to collect and use data to initiate small iterative school-wide improvements. This includes:
- Introduction to trauma-informed practices. Professional development for educators.
- Monthly data team meetings. We work with a representative team of staff members from the school to collect and look at discipline data, and then identify patterns and disproportionality, define problems, and propose and implement trauma-informed solutions. The data team looks for small changes that can have a positive impact on school culture. We focus on systems that are not working and what skills are lagging in adults and students, and work on solutions.
- Tier 3 support. We facilitate a strengths-based protocol to work with staff to support students who are struggling the most to connect and belong at school.
- 3-year commitment.
Whole School Integrated Partnership
For schools interested in transforming their practices, Sound Discipline provides a comprehensive set of services. In order to participate at this level, 80% of the staff must buy-in to a 3-year commitment.
In addition to the services offered to a Data Team School, Whole Schools receive:
- Professional Development 22-26 hours of staff training on trauma-informed practices and Positive Discipline
- Coaching and support around implementing or improving systems
- Extra support and training for classiﬁed staff
- Coaching for educators and school leaders
- MTSS A strengths-based MTSS approach for social emotional learning
- Tier 2 small group lessons
- Class meeting observations
- Communities of practice across schools and districts for educators
- Family Partnerships support