School Intervention Programs
School Intervention Programs
Suite360:Intervention is changing the world of detention and suspension. For years, Intervention Programs have been largely ineffective and rarely lead to positive behavior change.
With Suite360:Intervention, students who commit infractions are uploaded in a digital lesson MAPPED to their infraction. Intervention Programs are now meaningful, impactful and reduce poor repeat behavior. To learn more about Suite360:Intervention, check out the information below and schedule a demo.
Suite360 School Intervention Programs
Researchers believe suspending or expelling students from school for misconduct can harm their academic progress. Additionally, students’ race and gender influence school discipline; comparisons show that black students and male students are more likely to receive out-of-school suspension than white students and female students (Noltemeyer, Ward & Mcloughlin, 2015). School discipline, poor achievement, and contact with the juvenile justice system are interconnected. One study of 9th grade students in Florida found that each suspension the students experienced decreased the odds of their graduating from high school by 20% (Balfanz, Byrnes & Fox, 2015). Stakeholders wish to address these concerns. At a federal level, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) suggests limiting disciplinary practices that remove students from the classroom. At the state level, policies are also changing. For example, California schools can no longer suspend students in K-3 for infractions that don’t threaten others’ safety. Connecticut has banned suspension of young students for any reason, with minor exceptions (Gregory & Fergus, 2017).
School Intervention programs that pair social-emotional learning (SEL) with principles of restorative justice
At Evolution Labs, it was important to us to find a way to reduce punitive responses to school behavior that could potentially damage a student’s future potential. As a result, we created Suite360:Intervention– a school intervention program for students who need extra support with conduct and behavior. Restorative practices are those that aim to repair harm, restore relationships, and build community (Gregory & Fergus, 2017). We believe that the healthiest and most effective way to address challenging behavior is to approach each incident as a learning opportunity and exercise in empathy.
Research indicates most SEL models are centered on students, but not on the adults who interact with them. Yet research shows that educators’ own social and emotional competencies strongly influence students’ motivation to learn and the school climate in general (Gregory & Fergus, 2017). Because of this important connection, we take our Suite360: Intervention program a step further. Every Intervention lesson concludes with a student narrated reflection and pledge to make better choices in the future. This narrative is then discussed with a school representative to deepen the impact of the lesson.
The average attention span of a Gen Z student is only eight seconds, but they adopt technology at high levels and crave technology-enhanced learning opportunities (Cook, 2015). All of this was considered in the design of our Intervention program. Our lesson library includes hundreds of professionally-developed lessons on critical topics today’s schools face everyday: vaping, cyberbullying, anger management, truancy and harassment. Acknowledging Gen-Z students desire for educational opportunities that use technology and visual media, Suite360: Intervention programs include expert-developed interactive, text and video-based material to address behaviors and conflicts. However, we also emphasize the effect of one’s personal choices on the school community as a whole. Illustrating these connections for students help them understand the ripple effects of their behaviors and connect them to consequences with an empathetic, rather than punitive, lens. By building students’ capacity for empathy, they become less likely to make the same behavior in the future.
Social and emotional learning (SEL) programs, like Suite360: Intervention reduce conduct problems while promoting desirable behaviors. Over time, children with greater social-emotional competence are more likely to be college-ready, have positive relationships and become engaged citizens, (Greenberg, Domitrovich, Weissberg & Durlak, 2017). Our clients saw improvements such as frequency of student engagement, depth of engagement and long-term knowledge retention.
We are aligned with CASEL’s five core competencies: SELF AWARENESS, SELF MANAGEMENT, SOCIAL AWARENESS, RELATIONSHIP SKILLS and RESPONSIBLE DECISION MAKING. Founded in 1994, CASEL has always focused on establishing high-quality, evidence-based social and emotional learning (SEL) as an essential part of preK-12 education. The Suite360: Intervention program supports their mission to advance implementation of SEL in schools and their extensive research linking SEL to academic achievement and other positive outcomes for students. Research reviews consistently show that SEL programs have positive effects. One meta- analysis of K-12 interventions reported significant effects on positive social behavior, conduct problems, and academic performance indicating that SEL programs are valuable preventive interventions. They also found gains remained significant during follow-up indicating the long-term benefits of SEL interventions (Greenberg, et al., 2017). The effect of a classroom’s emotional climate on learning cannot be overstated, so schools must be proactive in their response to the inevitability of negative behaviors. Students with mental health concerns, diagnosed and undiagnosed learning differences, medical issues, social-emotional issues, and environmental stressors are in every classroom in every school. Research indicates increased isolation can lead to increased aggression in children. Aggression is difficult for teachers to predict because students’ frustration tolerance and emotional triggers vary greatly. One way to counteract the impact of these issues is to ensure that students have a sense of belonging and community which we help build with our Intervention lessons and activities. Empowering students with information grounded in the principles of SEL and restorative justice, like the lessons in Suite360: Intervention, may improve student behavior as well as overall school climate. To learn more about School Intervention programs, schedule a demo below.
- Balfanz, R., Byrnes, V., & Fox, J. H. (2015). Sent home and put off track. Closing the school discipline gap: Equitable remedies for excessive exclusion, 17-30.
- Cook, V. (2015). Engaging Generation Z Students. Center for Online Learning Research and Service, University of Illinois Springfield. Retrieved from https://sites.google.com/a/uis.edu/colrs_cook/home/engaging-generationz-students
- Greenberg, M. T., Domitrovich, C. E., Weissberg, R. P., & Durlak, J. A. (2017). Social and emotional learning as a public health approach to education. The Future of Children, 13-32.
- Gregory, A., & Fergus, E. (2017). Social and emotional learning and equity in school discipline. The Future of Children, 117-136.
- Noltemeyer, A. L., Ward, R. M., & Mcloughlin, C. (2015). Relationship between school suspension and student outcomes: A meta-analysis. School Psychology Review, 44(2), 224-240.