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Alternatives to Corporal Punishment

Return to Learning Mindset (RLM)

The Return to Learning Mindset (RLM) approach requires a shift in priorities: instead of asking “What should the consequence be?” teachers are encouraged to ask “How can I help this student return to the mindset of learning?” When a student is triggered—by a conflict with a teacher or a
comment by a peer—they become “stuck” in their brainstems.

Restorative Circles (RCs)

Restorative Circles (RCs) provide students the opportunity to reflect on their behavior, recognize its effect on others, and exchange the stories of their experiences. RCs require a culture of respect and understanding so students will feel encouraged to contribute meaningfully and listen intentionally.

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Collaborative & Proactive Solutions (CPSs)

Collaborative & Proactive Solutions (CPS) is an evidence-based, non-punitive, non-exclusionary, trauma-informed model of care that helps caregivers identify and collaboratively and proactively solve the problems that cause students’ concerning behaviors.

Does your child's school district ENDORSE corporal punishment?

School districts are identified as “endorsing corporal punishment” if any of their schools’ latest handbooks include paddling as a possible consequence.

    Great News!

    Your child's school does NOT endorse corporal punishment!

    But there are still 176 school districts in Arkansas that DO endorse corporal punishment, and they're filled with kids just like yours...

    So, what can you do to help?

    Here are a few options:

    • Contact other district's administrative team or its school board to inquire about future policy changes
    • Sign up below to receive our newsletter to help ban corporal punishment statewide


    We've got Bad News...

    According to our records, your child's school endorses corporal punishment. Although the district allows (with your signature) your child to "opt out" of this consequence, the endorsement proves a profound misunderstanding of child psychology, expert behavior intervention strategies, and trauma-sensitive learning environments. There is absolutely no research that supports this district's decision to paddle students.

    Has your school district been erroneously identified as endorsing corporal punishment? Let us know via email: talktous@banpaddlingar.com

    So, what should you do?

    Here are a few options:

    • Continue searching for safer schools to send your child
    • Contact the district's administrative team or its school board to inquire about future policy changes
    • Sign up below to receive our newsletter to help ban corporal punishment statewide


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