Suspension Alternatives

Ripple Effects is an ideal intervention for in-school suspension (ISS) and detention settings. It provides a graduated system of logically related, skill building consequences that are positive, specific, fair, and tailored to each student’s underlying need.

Develops personal assets to build resiliencysuspension alternatives

Ripple Effects provides skill training in core social emotional competencies that are more correlated with school success than IQ or specific risk factors.

Specifically addresses more than 95% of discipline infractions

Ripple Effects provides therapeutic, skill-building tutorials for more than 95% of school-based infractions: from talking back, or disrupting class, to lying, cheating, fighting, bullying, theft, graffiti, hate crimes, etc.

Positive, supportive, specific discipline

5 simple steps to personalized intervention:

  1. Identify a student strength. With Ripple Effects, strength – not weakness – becomes the foundation for growth. The simplest way is to have each student complete the self-profile under the ”learning style” topic. Understanding how they learn most easily is a first step in recognizing how to become successful learners. Students can also complete the tutorial entitled “strengths,” including its self-profile.
  2. Direct student to the issue that prompted referral. The topic list includes dozens of behavioral infractions cited in schools. The multimedia tutorial for each topic automatically leads students to training in cognitive-behavioral strategies that are correlated with changing the specific problematic behavior.
  3. Have them seek out an underlying reason. Students exhibit the same problem behavior for a variety of different reasons. Don’t guess or interrogate them about what those reasons are. Instead, ask students to scroll down the topic list to find something that they think could be connected to their behavior. The program addresses health and mental health issues and risk factors in multiple domains. Trust their instincts to find what they need. Respect their privacy, don’t hover or over direct. In many cases, after using the program in private, students will disclose the underlying problem to a trusting adult.
  4. End with building another strength. Present this as a process of empowerment, not punishment. The program organizes key abilities into five categories: knowing yourself, controlling yourself, being aware of others, connecting with others and decision-making. Either you or the student may choose where to start. Direct students to the “Keys” button to find the topic.
  5. Check student tracking system for completion. Check the student scorecard to confirm completion of assigned task. Continue to respect student privacy. If you see records of private exploration, do NOT ask the student about that exploration. If you do, they will cease to trust the program.

Address underlying risk factors in multiple domains

Ripple Effects tutorials include training and guidance to address not only specific behavior problems, but also hundreds of underlying reasons for those problems. It provides culturally relevant, emotional and behavioral supports in a mode students won’t reject.

Addresses causes of disproportionate discipline referrals

  • Structural unfairness: Ripple Effects for Staff provides training in how to form policies that minimize discretion; standardizes interventions to avoid charges of unfairness.
  • Unconscious bias: Ripple Effects provides students with culturally responsive interventions; to change the teacher side of behavioral equation, it provides staff with a way to explore their own attitudes and behavior without blame or shame.
  • Discriminatory treatment: Ripple Effects provides students with training in how to confront apparent discrimination by teachers in a constructive, non-aggressive way, and provides staff with training in how to respond when charges of prejudice arise.
  • True behavior differences: Ripple Effects provides specific, remedial skill training and personal guidance to address underlying risk factors that propel behavior problems.

Provides personalized guidance and results in changed behavior

Evaluations have consistently shown 98% of students who are exposed to Ripple Effects for any reason, will go on to privately use the software for personal guidance, often on trauma related issues; both behavior and grades will improve significantly.


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