One elementary school had a spike in student discipline referrals during its third 60-day planning cycle. Instead of jumping in to solve the issue, the principal asked the teacher leadership team, “What do you think we should do?”
At first the teachers said they didn’t know. The principal followed up with, “Well, if you did know, what would be some of your ideas?” The teachers suggested that the number of indoor recess days had increased because of extreme winter and that the Positive Behavior Intervention Support approach was not being followed consistently by all teachers because of confusion about the process. This situation was an excellent opportunity to develop the teachers while gaining insight on possible problems to solve. At this point, the leader and teachers could do more research on the suggested solutions.