How to Handle Staff Misconduct, 2nd Edition
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By C. Edward Lawrence & Myra K. Vachon
Ever-changing laws regarding sexual harassment, teacher accountability and safety in the workplace, combined with increasingly complex union contracts, have made the handling of staff misconduct a veritable minefield for novice and experienced administrators alike. Fortunately, this expanded and updated second edition of an indispensable resource will clarify all of the steps principals must take to ensure that their schools are run according to the policies and laws that govern them.
In clearly delineated sections, How to Handle Staff Misconduct, Second Edition, offers strategies that include managing excessive tardiness, insubordination, misconduct requiring suspension and even criminal behaviors. Each section includes an outline of principal responsibilities and common errors that can interfere with a successful intervention.
In addition, the authors demonstrate:
- How to use progressive discipline to fairly correct unwanted behaviors
- How to set up a school-level misconduct meeting
- Why just cause is a key defense against legal backlash
- How due process can avoid technical errors during a disciplinary action
- Why privacy is paramount
Covering everything from the first day of school to the first sign of an infraction, this book guides administrators through all phases of investigation and documentation and remains an essential resource for any principal or supervisor trying to keep students and staff focused on education.