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Lakeland,FL: Discipline problems on the rise in Lakeland schools

Aug 27, 2017, Lakeland (FL) Ledger: Schools giving more attention to ‘soft skills’ as a way to head off behavior problems http://www.theledger.com/news/20170827/schools-giving-more-attention-to-soft-skills-as-way-to-head-off-behavior-problems Its discipline referrals and warnings were on the rise, with 433 incidents last year for 574 students, which didn’t bode well for the school’s academic performance. “There is a direct correlation between disruptions in the classroom and how well students learn,” said principal Margie Polen, who pointed to the Pasco County school’s C grade from the state, just shy of a B. “A lot of our (behavior) problems were in fifth grade,” she said, “and that’s where our low scores were.”... Schools are using ideas that originated in special education and grew into wider use. Their inclusion in law has driven researchers to seek methods that work not only for unsuccessful children, but for all, Krezmien said. If teachers can prevent the need for additional services later by attacking behavior issues early, he said, they can pay more attention to academics. Many times, he noted, children are not behind because they are unable to perform, but rather because they have not learned what to do. ...