By Todd A. Ward, PhD, BCBA-D
Founding Editor, bSci21.org
The Sacramento Bee recently reported on a program across area schools that produced notable decreases in student suspension and expulsion rates. Under the new program, the harshest punishments are reserved for only the most severe cases. In addition, preventative measures, such as Parent Lunch Day, meditation classes, peer courts, and the institution of positive reinforcement practices make the program a comprehensive, system-wide change in policy.
Todd A. Ward, PhD, BCBA-D is President of bSci21 Media, LLC, which owns bSci21.org and BAQuarterly.com. Todd serves as an Associate Editor of the Journal of Organizational Behavior Management and as an editorial board member for Behavior and Social Issues. He has worked as a behavior analyst in day centers, residential providers, homes, and schools, and served as the director of Behavior Analysis Online at the University of North Texas. Todd’s areas of expertise include writing, entrepreneurship, Acceptance & Commitment Therapy, Instructional Design, Organizational Behavior Management, and ABA therapy. Todd can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.