U.S. Department of Education

School Climate and Discipline

Teachers and students deserve school environments that are safe, supportive, and conducive to teaching and learning. Creating a supportive school climate—and decreasing suspensions and expulsions—requires close attention to the social, emotional, and behavioral needs of all students. 

Administrators, educators, students, parents and community members can find on this site tools, data and resources to:

  • Increase their awareness of the prevalence, impact, and legal implications of suspension and expulsion;

  • Find basic information and resources on effective alternatives; and

  • Join a national conversation on how to effectively create positive school climates.


Parents Guide to Getting Good Care

When a child is struggling, or his behavior worries you, it can be hard to know whether you need to reach out to a professional. And if you do seek help, what kind of professional, and what kind of treatment, are right for your child? In this guide we take you through the steps to finding the best professional (or team) for your child, and the most appropriate treatment. Along the way, we offer things to look for and questions to ask to ensure that you're getting quality care your child deserves.

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Managing Problem Behavior at Home

A guide to more confident, consistent and effective parenting 

One of the biggest challenges parents face is managing difficult or defiant behavior on the part of children. Whether they’re refusing to put on their shoes, or throwing full-blown tantrums, you can find yourself at a loss for an effective way to respond.

For parents at their wits end, behavioral therapy techniques can provide a roadmap to calmer, more consistent ways to manage problem behaviors and offers a chance to help children develop the skills they need to regulate their own behaviors.

Inspiring Independence, Positive Behavior, and Effective Communication
Bully Prevention Manual
Supporting Children and Youth with Mental Health Challenges

What is an Evidence-Based Behavior Intervention?

Choosing and Implementing Behavior Interventions that Work

  • What are Meltdowns
  • What Causes Meltdowns
  • How to Prevent Meltdowns
  • How to Help After a Meltdown

Understanding Behavioral Symptoms inTourette Syndrome

TS is More than Tics