MORRISTOWN, NJ - Unity Charter School has been recognized as a Positive Discipline Association Lab School, announced school officials. Since its inception in 1998, the school has believed that learning spans beyond textbooks, and that education is most valuable when it prepares students to face the real-world challenges of today and tomorrow. The school’s implementation of the Positive Discipline Program has taught students respect of self and of others, which in turn, fosters a healthy learning environment.
According to their website, “Positive Discipline Lab Schools are recognized for the intention to broadly implement Positive Discipline. Lab school teachers and staff have
received training in Positive Discipline and work closely with a Positive Discipline Certified Trainer or Lead Trainer to support program development. Positive Discipline activities for students are used to teach important academic, social and emotional skills.The Positive Discipline Class Meeting model provides integrated practice for students solving real life problems. Adlerian theory and practical application are intended to be felt throughout the culture and climate of the entire school.”
In 2016 Unity was also recognized as a National School of Character for their work in developing a positive school culture.
Some of the benefits of Positive Discipline for students include:
- Effective social and emotional lessons that improve student attitude about self and others.
- Improved connections to classmates, teachers and school community.
- Encourages student voice and engagement in problem solving during class meetings.
“Our students work in highly competitive academic courses every single day. We have students in our middle school who graduate having fulfilled their high school geometry
requirements, which most students don’t take until they are high school sophomores. However, we recognize that education is more than advanced classes. The work that we do with positive discipline creates a supportive environment where student agency drives critical thinking, inspires advocacy, and develops student voice. The soft skills our students learn allow them to be successful in high school and beyond in any learning environment they choose to become a part of,” said Executive Director Connie
According to the Unity Charter School website, the school is a tuition-free, public school in Morris Township that offers a unique approach to education for students from Kindergarten to 8th Grade throughout New Jersey. Enrollment is open to all New Jersey residents.