The EQ intervention applying social emotional learning intervention strategies within a discipline alternative education program



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According to the National Center for Educational Statistics, in the United States, 64% of districts report having at least one disciplinary alternative school for at-risk students. However, information regarding how to assist students while in the DAEP regarding their emotional health and in their re-entry back to their home campus environment remains limited. This study focused on introducing and executing Social Emotional Learning (SEL) intervention strategies along with the pedagogy of Culturally Responsive Teaching (CRT) to reduce the number of repeat Discipline Alternative Education Program (DAEP) students, the majority of which are Hispanic males, by focusing on teacher participant professional development to increase multicultural diversity along with SEL intervention strategies to help these students. This study will collaboratively engage DAEP teacher participants in an SEL intervention plan to improve their skills to impact highly effective social, emotional skills, attitudes, behavior, and academic performance for all students assigned to the DAEP. These repeating DAEP assignments find students stuck in a failure cycle they cannot overcome. The population of interest in this study consists of middle and high school students placed in a DAEP located in a rural Texas school district. Following the insider action research methodology, the researcher explained the process and activities used to help teacher participants apply the five core competencies of Social Emotion Learning (SEL) while addressing areas of deficit thinking that exists in current policy that places a high number of Hispanic students in the DAEP through discretionary placements.

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Alternative Education Campuses (AECs), Chapter 37, Code of Conduct, Disciplinary Alternative Education Programs (DAEP), Discretionary Removal, Mandatory Removal, Exploratory Needs Assessment (ENA), Out-of-School Suspension (OSS), Professional Learning Community (PLC), Public Education Information Management System (PEIMS), Recidivism, Recidivism Rate to DAEP, Referral, School-to-Prison Pipeline, Suspension, Texas Academic Performance Reports (TAPR), Alternative Education Schools (AES)