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Effective Discipline Policies for Young Children: Supporting Social-Emotional Competence

Tuesday, May 1, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT

Effective Discipline Policies for Young Children: Supporting Social-Emotional Competence

Presented by Dr. Sarah Garrity, Associate Professor in the Child and Family Development Department at San Diego State University (SDSU)
Sponsored by Gryphon House

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There is widespread concern over the increasing frequency of challenging behaviors being exhibited by young children. The number of children in preschool with these behaviors is one of the leading concerns of teachers, administrators and parents.

Effective discipline policies provide administrators with a blueprint that helps them support the social, emotional, and academic success of all children. The purpose of this edWebinar is to present a humanistic approach to teaching and behavior guidance. Dr. Sarah Garrity provides an overview of the Teaching and Guidance Policy Essentials Checklist (TAGPEC), an easy-to-use, 30-item checklist that describes seven essential features of high-quality behavior-guidance policies for programs serving children from birth to eight years of age.

Learn about a systematic and intentional approach to behavior guidance that ensures that:

  • Evidence-based classroom practices for preventing and addressing challenging behaviors are consistently implemented across classrooms, resulting in a positive social-emotional climate and better child outcomes
  • Relationships with families are meaningful, authentic, and strengths based
  • Professional development is in line with program goals and best-practice recommendations
  • Decision making is fair and equitable

Dr. Garrity shares how to craft policy language for each essential feature of the TAGPEC. She also explains how to use a simple, five-step process to create a high-quality behavior-guidance policy that is based on evidence-based practices for preventing and addressing challenging behavior in the early years.

This recorded session is designed for teachers, administrators, program leaders, and early intervention staff working with young children, from infants through grade three. Learn about effective discipline policies for young children that support social-emotional competence!

Sarah GarrityAbout the Presenter

Dr. Sarah Garrity is Associate Professor in the Child and Family Development Department at San Diego State University (SDSU). Prior to coming to SDSU, she was a preschool teacher and has extensive experience working in programs serving young children and their families as administrator, coach, and consultant. Her research involves the exploration of how best practices are implemented in the field, with a focus on continuity of care, teacher beliefs, and how high-quality behavior guidance policies can support children’s social-emotional and academic competence. Dr. Garrity has presented at local, national, and international conferences on the topics of social-emotional development and behavior guidance policies, and teach courses in early childhood education. She is committed to exploring the socio-cultural and linguistic contexts in which teaching and learning take place and identifying policies and practices that improve educational outcomes for at-risk and underserved children and families.

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Tuesday, May 1, 2018
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT
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