This course provides a practical, hands-on experience in developing a student conduct program for a K-12 environment. It provides a set of established principles and practices of K-12 student conduct supervision processes and tools. The body of knowledge regarding student conduct rests on the following themes that serve as a basis for this course:
- Understanding pertinent state, local, and school policies that influence the establishment and maintenance of proper student conduct
- Developing and continuing a positive school climate to assist with proper student conduct, and addressing the special needs of students
- Establishing ways to deal with violations of student conduct and making referrals to community sources as required
- Communicating the parameters of proper student conduct to educational professionals, students, , their families, and community resources
The course project, Student Conduct Handbook: Developing Student Conduct Policies and Procedures, is a student/faculty/parent handbook on student conduct. Candidates create the handbook by identifying the state, district, and school policies and practices that relate to student conduct, and the methods for implementing these standards.
This course includes field-based activities that take place in a K-12 school/district community setting.
Course Learning Objectives
- Identify and correctly interpret state and local laws and policies related to establishing and maintaining proper student conduct.
- Identify the constituencies within the local school that have an interest in student conduct and what their interest is.
- Identify and catalog those elements of a student conduct handbook that pertain to the local school.
- Identify school policies, rules, and strategies related to student conduct.
- Establish a set of constructs for school climate conducive to creating a student code of conduct.
- Instruct school staffs and the school community on the established policies, rules, and strategies; and the methods for implementing such standards.
- Establish methods for dealing with violations of standards and instruct staff on the proper actions to be taken.
- Develop a system for enforcing discipline in the school, including procedures for suspension and expulsion of students.
- Develop particular strategies for accommodating the conduct of special needs students, particularly those students with behavioral issues related to a disability.
- Establish referral methods to community resources for students and their families with student conduct needs, particularly those related to a disability.
- Establish the outlines of a program to manage student conduct in a school.
- Establish the proper role and philosophy of an educator in teaching and enforcing student conduct.