3.1 Key Elements of School Climate and Positive Discipline

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Section 3.1 on Key Elements of School Climate and Positive Discipline outlines the key elements necessary for any discipline policy to be effective and supportive, including creating a positive school climate and an approach to discipline that responds to misbehavior in constructive ways. It also calls for the elimination of zero-tolerance policies, culturally-affirming social and emotional learning (SEL), building Trauma-Sensitive schools and strict limits on the use of exclusion in the form of suspension or expulsion.

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