An ECISD Elementary school could soon become a model for other schools across Texas and the United States.
San Jacinto is the Elementary School and awhile back the teachers were getting frustrated because of discipline. And, instead of continuing to send kids to the office for acting up, the school decided they needed a new system. So, in 2006 the elementary school approached discipline in a different way.
"It makes you look at discipline totally different, in a more positive way," says Principal Cindy Harbour.
The new system is called vision management and it's more of a process than a program. Students have what's called a pride folder and in the folder are goals. So, if they do misbehave, they go to their folder and re-focus. Not, report to the principal how other schools discipline.
"If a child gets in trouble, they write an office referral and it's no longer the teacher's responsibility its the administration's responsibility," says Harbour.
But with vision management, "it's not the teacher's responsibility, my responsibility, it's the child's responsibility," explains Harbour.
Which, according to Principal Harbour, this new self-monitoring process is working and student behavior has greatly improved.
"It's not punitive it's refocus. Think about what you did, what did you do that made you get here and how does this go with your short term and long term goals," says Harbour.
Also want to add, if the student continues to misbehavior they will go see the principal, but that's only after the student has tried to refocus several times. San Jacinto will not know if they are chosen to be a model school until next year.