Applying Appreciative Inquiry for School Discipline


School discipline is deficit-based. Administrators assign a punishment designed to deter the behavior instead of building the skills in the student so that the behavior does not occur again. An asset-based approach rooted in Appreciative Inquiry can build deeper relationships, strengthen community and craft impactful interventions. This article discusses Appreciative Inquiry as a means of creating school culture and informing discipline conversations and consequences.


Author: Erin Hearn

Erin Hearn, MAPP, is passionate about educational equality and empowering students to reach their highest potential by focusing on character development, well-being and self-discovered meaning and purpose. She served as the director of social emotional learning for Uplift Education, where she helped craft discipline systems. She currently works in college access for IDEA Public Schools.


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