This is a 2 day training *** 2/1/23 and 2/15/23. The issue of in and out-of-school suspensions of students, including students with disabilities, who demonstrate escalated classroom behavior, has become controversial and divisive leaving many staff members at odds. This two-day training, is designed for building level administrators, teachers, school psychologists and counselors and is intended to help participants understand that exclusionary practices have significant short and long-term negative effects on academic, social-emotional, health and wellness, and family outcomes of students. The training will highlight alternative approaches to discipline that lead to improved student outcomes. Participants will ground themselves in a common understanding of suspension, removal, and discipline, as well as influences, impacts, policies and procedures that contribute to the on-going suspension crisis in schools today. Throughout these two days, participants will learn and explore effective research-based strategies for responding to student behavior and appropriate alternatives to suspension, which have significantly fewer negative impacts on student or family outcomes. Throughout this training there will be a number of resources that will be provided and referenced, so participants should bring their laptops or tablets to access the materials. Expected outcomes: Participants will understanding the purpose of using alternatives to suspension. They will gain knowledge of the recent research on school suspensions, examine scenarios when alternatives to suspension may be used to change behavior, learn how a systemic change on the approach to discipline and problem behavior can affect school climate, and learn about practical, replicable, research-based strategies to use as effective and proactive alternatives to suspension. In order to receive full CTLE credits, all registrant MUST attend all sessions.