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Columbus, OH: District teaching kids "coping skills" as alternative to suspensions

Dec 7, 2017, Columbus (OH) Dispatch: Alternative disciplinary practices keeping students in Columbus City Schools http://www.dispatch.com/news/20171207/alternative-disciplinary-practices-keeping-students-in-columbus-city-schools Some Columbus City Schools are not expelling or suspending students as often, turning instead to alternatives that teach kids coping skills. District officials say the move is working, keeping children in the classroom. Superintendent Dan Good rattled off discipline statistics during Tuesday night’s Columbus Board of Education meeting. He said even the least serious type of student misbehavior — classroom disruptions and profanity — is down by 20 percent district-wide this year. Mrs. Ambrose's 3rd-grade students are practicing calming their minds and bodies with yoga. Former teacher Mairin Matthews is now the Yoga and mindfulness instructor at First Philadelphia Prep. Charter School. This is the second year yoga has been part of the curriculum. … The mindfulness aspect teaches kids to slow down, focus and gives them tools to control feelings and behaviors. …