Dealing with challenging student behaviors is an emerging issue in schools throughout our state and nation. In order to be better prepared to respond to these issues, the staff of Washington-Nile will receive training at the start of the 2019-2020 school year from the Crisis Prevention Institute (CPI) on De-escalation Strategies and Techniques. The training will be conducted with the assistance of our local Educational Service Center and a team of administrators and teachers representing all three buildings of our district.
The purpose of this staff professional development is to teach our faculty and staff members some techniques that will prevent escalation of disruptive behavior within the school and bus transportation settings. The CPI team will help all staff members recognize and reflect upon their own behaviors and provide them with the ability to organize their own thinking to calmly respond to a potential crisis situation. This goal will be achieved through the experience of realistic scenarios. Our staff members will also learn how personal space, body language, and listening skills can help effectively de-escalate the disruptive behavior of those in their care.