Alternatives to Suspension


  • Look at what drives student behavior
  • Examine methods for dealing with problem behaviors in the classroom
  • Explore and apply behavior modification systems


Suspending students has been a part of the school world we work in for decades. There are often very real and necessary reasons for suspending students. When we take a look at what a suspension is, and the impact it has on learning outcomes – we would be better served avoiding suspensions as much as possible. Educators in this course will take a look at behavior and different approaches for avoiding suspensions that could be implemented both at the classroom and building levels. Educators will develop strategies for making connections and addressing behaviors in a manner that prevents suspensions. This class is appropriate for all K-12 educators and PPS Staff.

“If a child doesn’t know how to read, we teach.”

“If a child doesn’t know how to swim, we teach.”

“If a child doesn’t know how to multiply, we teach.”

“If a child doesn’t know how to drive, we teach.”

“If a child doesn’t know how to behave, we …punish?”

Graduate Credits

MidAmerica Nazarene University

Course Number: CRN-9798
You can earn 3 Graduate Level Credits ($120) from MidAmerica Nazarene University for this course. Select “Open Enrollment” as the credit type when adding the course to your cart. Directions for registering with MidAmerica Nazarene can be found here.
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**To earn graduate level credit, participants will need to complete an additional graduate level assignment**



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