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Louisiana: 1400 educators meet to discuss dealing with behavior issues at school

Jan 30, 2019, Advertiser: Louisiana educators seek new remedies for student behavior problems https://www.theadvertiser.com/story/news/2019/01/30/louisiana-educators-seek-new-remedies-student-behavior-problems/2721693002/ More than 1,400 Louisiana educators were in Baton Rouge Wednesday for the first Behavioral Intervention Summit. The event is designed to introduce attendees to national experts, engage them in conversations about social/emotional learning and behavioral challenges and equip them with resources to build support at traditional public schools and alternative sites. … Topics included how to respond to behavior rooted in trauma or stress; how to implement an effective student code of conduct; how to enhance school climate; how to engage families in behavior intervention; how educators’ cultural competency impacts discipline; and how to forge community partnerships for expanded mental health support and other services. “It is time we rethink discipline in our schools,” said Tangipahoa Parish Superintendent Melissa Stilley, who gave the event’s opening remarks. … In response, the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education approved a new accountability system in 2018 that will rate alternative sites based on formulas better aligned to their missions. BESE also increased standards for alternative education sites to be authorized. At the same time, Louisiana began identifying schools whose students are highly likely to experience an out-of-school behavioral intervention. These schools, labeled Urgent Intervention Required, must submit improvement plans to the state. In June, those schools labeled Urgent Intervention Required will submit their improvement plans to the state for approval. Schools will be notified of their approval in July and may receive funding to support their plans in August. “Fostering social and emotional well-being for all of our students, but in particular those students who have previously struggled in the traditional setting, is critical if we are to ensure students are equipped to handle the demands of life outside of the classroom,” said Doris Voitier, a BESE member and St. Bernard Parish superintendent. “Our work to provide students with supportive school and classroom environments begins with our ability to equip our teachers and leaders with the tools necessary to provide behavioral interventions and strategies.”