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Principals Say They Need Better-Trained Teachers and More Resources to Address Student Misbehavior

Published in: The Brookings Institution website (2023)

Posted on Jun 20, 2023

by Rachel Perera, Melissa Kay Diliberti

Teachers and principals have long struggled to find effective ways to address and reduce student misbehavior—a challenge that has become more acute since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Schools across the country are reporting increased levels of misbehavior, including fights and more serious acts of violence. Educators largely attribute these increases in misbehavior to the negative effects the pandemic had on students' learning, socioemotional development, and mental health.

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