Why did we become school leaders and teachers? To educate, uplift, and inspire all students. So when things go wrong, why do schools seem to use exclusion as a first reaction, especially for kids that need to be in class the most? What can schools do instead to improve student behavior and help everyone involved feel supported along the way?
As a principal, Dr. Andy Jacks was driven to find the answers to these questions. He’d learned firsthand how quick fixes, shame, and blame end up being very harmful to students and ruining relationships within the school team and with parents. He also discovered that teachers need more than just platitudes and positive attitudes when difficult situations arise.
Teachers want to help their students, and they deserve solutions. This led him on a journey of discovery: doing a doctoral dissertation on discipline, forming committees and focus groups, and reading every piece of research he could get his hands on.
The result is Discipline Win, an insightful and timely book based firmly in twenty-first-century educational realities. Winning in discipline is more than just dealing with misconduct and Discipline Win is full of ideas and practical suggestions that will actually make a difference to achieve the behavior balance we all want in schools.
Educators deserve to feel empowered and know that they can and will make a positive impact in even the most challenging situations.
Foreword by the Relentless, Tattooed, Skateboarding Principal Hamish Brewer
“Discipline Win by Dr. Andy Jacks provides great strategies from a variety of evidence-based discipline practices. It also gets into the why of the strategies, making it easy for educators to get behind them. This book is a great read for anyone interested in best practices in discipline!” – Brad Weinstein, CEO of Teacher Goals, co-author Hacking School Discipline
“Within the first few chapters, I was realigned to my core beliefs about discipline after a challenging season of school leadership. Dr. Jacks provides non-nonsense, practical strategies that can be implemented immediately to improve school culture. It has been an honor and privilege to watch Discipline Win grow from a spark of inspiration to a final project. It will be a book that I will refer to frequently as a building leader.” – Beth Houf, Principal, Fulton Middle School, Co-Author, Lead Like a PIRATE, 2022 National Principal of the Year
“Tons of books make claims about how to improve discipline in schools. Discipline Win, by my good friend Andy Jacks, is the best one I’ve ever read. All educators need to read this book. It’s going to help those that matter most—the kids!” – Adam Welcome, educator, author, international keynote speaker, podcaster, author/co-author of Kids Deserve It!, Teachers Deserve It, Run Like a Pirate, Empower Our Girls
“Are you seeking ways to flip the switch on the way things have always been done? Discipline Win is a game-changing resource for educators and school leaders who want to serve and support students so that everyone wins. Dr. Jacks’s practical advice is grounded in substantial research, and it shows how we can make intentional changes in our practices and tackle tomorrow’s challenges. Readers will walk away from this book feeling more supported, encouraged, and ready to lead the way.” – Jessica Cabeen, principal, speaker, author of Hacking Early Learning, Lead with Grace, Unconventional Leadership; and co-author of Balance Like A Pirate
“Discipline Win is a book that will inspire you and challenge you to look at behavior in a new light. It is filled with empowering stories of strength and courage that will help you support our kids, staff, and families. You will have trouble putting it down. A must-read for all who work and support our kids!” – Curtis Slater, Minnesota National Distinguished Principal of the Year, trainer of IMR with the University of Minnesota, State of Minnesota PBIS lead trainer, owner and co-founder of TILL360 Consulting
“Many schools claim to be inclusive, but an honest reflection of their discipline philosophy and practices says otherwise. In your school or classroom, do the archaic systems of punitive measures and shame reign supreme? Is your system designed to include or exclude the students most in need of support? Is the focus on taking things away or on restoration and growth? In Discipline Win: Strategies to Improve Behavior, Increase Ownership, and Give Every Student a Chance, award-winning principal Andy Jacks provides a practical framework of how to handle some of today’s most challenging student issues with dignity and respect while helping educators reflect on their own philosophies and strategies. Whether leading a classroom or leading a school, this book will challenge your thinking and help solidify your effective practices for those students that need it most.” – Thomas C. Murray, Director of Innovation, Future Ready SchoolsⓇ, Best selling author of Personal & Authentic: Designing Learning Experiences that Impact a Lifetime, Washington, D.C.