Wednesday Aug 09, 2023

In-School Suspension as a Model Classroom


Johnathan has seven years of experience as a special education teacher at a therapeutic campus for students with emotional disturbance and four more years as an in-school suspension teacher at two middle schools. After discovering how in-school suspension programs are failing to meet the needs of our most at-risk students, Johnathan created a successful in-school suspension program to address the current disciplinary, academic, and restorative requirements of our student populations. After establishing successful ISS programs on two campuses, he made the decision to create a roadmap for others to follow in his latest book The Art of In-School Suspension.


What is the most challenging mental health issue in your school or district right now?: Teacher burnout, testing anxiety, stress eating (rampant) How is mental health currently addressed in your school(s), and what are the limitations?: Very little is being offered beside social media posts and encouraging emails with links to outside services. What are a few points you'd like to cover relating to school mental health improvement? (This serves as a helpful reminder when it's time for you to interview).: 1. What in-school suspension looks like in most schools and why this is a problem. 2. In-school suspension as a tool to support classroom teachers. 3. How in-school suspension leads to campus wide improvement of culture and contributes to the overall sense of staff well being.

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BIO: Charle Peck is the co-creator of Thriving School Community, a revolutionary program designed for schools to improve mental health. With over 20 years of education and mental health leadership experience, she has the unique lens of both a certified teacher and a licensed clinical therapist specializing in trauma. Charle holds an MS in Education and an MS in Social Work. Her role as a high school teacher coupled with her work with children and families in crisis gives her incredible insight into solving youth mental health problems stemming from our schools. She is the co-author of Improving School Mental Health: The Thriving School Community Solution and a global keynote speaker delivering powerful messages of hope to educators. Connect with Charle at: and on Twitter at: @CharlePeck







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