Document Type

Graduate Project

Date of Degree Completion

Summer 2002

Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)



Committee Chair

Lee A. Plourde

Second Committee Member

Osman Alawiye

Third Committee Member

Don B. Woodcock


In the late 1990's the Wenatchee School District realized that the community and staff were dissatisfied with the state of discipline in the district. The schools, as is the case in the community at large, could no longer rely on traditional approaches to dealing with a growing number of incidents of anti-social behavior. A lack of discipline appeared to be at the root of the problem in the home and subordinately the root of the problem in the schools (McEvoy & Welker, 2000). In addition, disciplinary practices in many schools are inconsistent and ineitable (Skiba & Peterson, 2000). The District Discipline Policy Task Force was formed to develop a new research based district-wide policy that would address this problem plaguing our schools. This author, as a member of the task force, did extensive reading leading up to the meetings held on the policy. Books, professional journals, packaged plans, existing programs, and existing policies were studied for examples that could be adapted for use by the Wenatchee School District. The data collected was synthesized into the new research based discipline policy via the committee process. This project takes the reader through the process, from initial research to the finished, and approved, policy.