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Empowering Discipline: An Approach That Works with at-Risk Students

Empowering Discipline: An Approach That Works with at-Risk Students

by Vicki R. Phillips


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Most school discipline programs have as a principal goal the control of student behavior. This approach fails to work with the very students who tend to be those most at-risk: those who don't want to be told what to do! The author of this book, Vicki Phillips, was principal of an alternative high school for at-risk students for twenty-two years. In this book she shares her non-traditional prevention and intervention strategies for working with students who don't respond well under a control paradigm.

About the Author:

Vicki Phillips was principal of an award-winning alternative high school for at-risk students for twenty-two years. Her background is counseling, and her passion is changing negative into positive behavior by transforming dsyfunctional attitudes. She is the author of Personal Development, a one semester curriculum designed to build "Respect, Responsibility, and Resiliency" in at-risk youth; it has been purchased by over 1000 schools and organizations to-date. She is also the author of Turning Them Around: Developing Motivation, Responsibility, and Self-Discipline in At-Risk Youth. She does workshops for educatiors nationwide.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780962848292
Publisher: Personal Development
Publication date: 01/28/1998
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 118
Product dimensions: 5.99(w) x 8.95(h) x 0.36(d)

What People are Saying About This

Linda V. Berens

In the twenty-four years I have been using Temperament Theory in my work as a school psychologist, therapist, and organizational consultant, I have found few who have such a wealth of successful hands-on experience in providing positive experiences for at-risk youth.Vicki Phillips has deeply understood the nature of the Artisan (SP) temperament and how that nature shows up in at-risk youth. She has brilliantly recognized how what we do to people of this temperament in the schools is actually making them at-risk and creating more problems than it cures. More than that, she has developed a prevention and intervention program that WORKS WITH and FOR THE BENEFIT of these students. School administrators, teachers, counselors, and parents should all read Empowering Discipline and follow her lead.
— (Linda V. Berens, PhD., Director, Temperament Research Institute, Author of Understanding Yourself and Others and other books on temperament)

Jane Bluestein

Finally! A discipline model that blends the needs of at-risk students, indeed all students, and the kinds of teacher behaviors that can make school an exciting and emotionally safe place for everyone. If you are looking for effective, positive, and preventative ways to deal with disruptive behavior, rebelliousness, resistance, passive learning, and problems of student dropout or truancy, you'll find answers here.
— (Jane Bluestein, PhD., author of 21st Century Discipline and Being a Successful Teacher)

Bonnie Benard

Thank you Vicki Phillips for giving teachers not only the rationale but the tools and techniques for flipping the paradigm from risk to resilience in the area of classroom discipline. While most books on discipline have recently come under fire for their focus on external coercion and control, Empowering Discipline reveals how discipline can become a protective factor in the lives of all students-especially those labeled `at-risk.'
— (Bonnie Benard, M.S., Researcher, Author, President of Resiliency Associates)

Larry Brendtro

This book is rich with proactive examples of how teachers of youth at-risk can move from power struggles and punitive strategies to respect and responsibility. The author draws from her broad experience in developing effective alternative education programs for our most challenging students.
— (Larry Brendtro, PhD., Professor, Director of the Black Hills Seminars for Reclaiming Youth & co-author of Reclaiming Youth At-Risk)

Thomas Armstrong

Vicki Phillips' book Empowering Discipline provides what every classroom teacher needs these days: practical strategies and perspectives to help kids who aren't happy campers in school discover their true strength and abilities. Her book can save teachers from wasting time on externally-controlling discipline systems and help them turn the `at-risk' student into the `at promise' learner!
— (Thomas Armstrong, PhD., Author of The Myth of the ADD Child, In Their Own Way, Multiple Intelligences in the Classroom, & Awakening Your Child's Natural Genius)

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