Logical Discipline: A Restorative and Social-Emotional Approach for Educators

Malia Hollowell,

the co-author of the international bestseller Hacking School Discipline, developed Logical Discipline from his experience as an educator and his time working with schools worldwide. He realized that no single approach meets the needs of all students and that siloed initiatives in schools can cause fragmentation and frustration. Logical Discipline makes discipline more effective through synthesizing research-based discipline processes from elements of:

  • PBIS
  • Equitable Practices
  • Restorative Practices
  • Applied Neuroscience
  • Social-emotional Learning
  • Trauma-informed Practices

Discipline must be logical.

In other words, educators must use the most effective and impactful strategies possible that work towards lasting change. Logical Discipline proactively helps educations build connections and community, which can foster an increase of belonging and reduce conflict. It also uses brain-aligned strategies that hold students accountable for their actions using restorative, logical, and natural consequences.

Schools often label behaviors as classroom-managed or office-managed. However, they do not always utilize the systems, skills, or tools to help students work with these behaviors. This can cause frustration and a lack of consistency. We help educators and schools build and sustain healthy learning environments where all students can thrive. Check out our Logical Discipline opportunities below:

I loved doing the circle. The intervention progression chart is something I will use/create with my staff.

Rhonda Lanie 

HOWARD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, PRINCIPAL

I enjoyed the strategies that could be directly applied in schools immediately.


Caylie Dicken

TIPTON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL

I loved the chart of progressive interventions. I can see my staff developing something like this together for some of the most frequent areas of discipline.

Lisa Stoelb

Lake Prarie Elementary School, Principal

Professional Development and Keynotes

We specialize in delivering highly engaging and interactive content that helps make real change. Our strategies are restorative, trauma-informed, equitable, brain-aligned, and utilize social-emotional learning to equip educators with tools to go from theory into action:

  • Why students act out
  • Proactive behavior strategies
  • Normalizing and working through emotions
  • Sharing power with students in the classroom
  • Utilizing logical, restorative, and natural consequences
  • Pre-engagement and engagement strategies to address behavior
  • Why discipline practices fail and what educators can do about it
  • Synthesizing strategies to work smarter instead of harder

Job-embedded Coaching

Go beyond the training and see Logical Discipline in action! We visit schools and work with educators in their natural environment to help accelerate staff buy-in and implementation. Our team can model strategies and interact with students and staff:

  • Reactive strategies with students
  • Proactive strategies including classroom circles
  • Classroom and school walkthroughs
  • Role-playing of strategies in small groups
  • Debriefing after modeling or observing
  • Mini PD sessions
  • Committee and staff meetings

System and Process Development

Schools need effective strategies to align with sustainable systems in order to maximize success. This takes precision, teamwork, and collaboration with experts in the field. We work with schools to co-construct and design logical systems. Some of the components of this process are:

  • Baseline data collection
  • Competency pre-assessment survey
  • Data triangulation and reflection
  • Synthesizing initiatives
  • Procedure and policy alignment
  • Action plan development

Ongoing Support and Coaching

Systemic change takes buy-in, support, consistency, and accountability. We support schools through the entire change process and beyond to help enhance quality implementation and sustainability.

  • Check-ins throughout the school year
  • Problem-solving through difficulties and setbacks
  • Monitoring action plans
  • Reteaching and relearning opportunities
  • Custom support as needed

Are you interested in school or district support?

Reach out to our team for a free consultation or for more information.

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