Do's for teachers
- Treat Gang Involved Students with the same Respect and Value shown to Other Students.
- Have High Expectations for Academic Achievement.
- Expect Gang Involved Students to Submit Assignments.
- Provide more Cooperative and Hands-On Learning Experiences.
- Actively Involve Gang Members in the Learning Process.
- Only Talk to Individual Students about Gang Involvement.
- Enlist Gang Involved Students to Work with Other Students on School Projects and Other Extra Curriculum Activities.
- Do Set Definite Rules and Consequences. Suspend, File Charges, Etc., if Needed. Gang Kids Respect and Expect Discipline and Structure
- Enforce All Rules with respect.
- Be Consistent with Consequences for ALL Students.
- Keep Current on Words or Activities that are Gang Related: Dress, different types of music, slang
- Know Students by Street Names or Nicknames.
- Give Gang Members Responsibility that Enhances Their Positive Self-Esteem: Tutors, Helpers, Etc.
- Show Concern and Empathy for Gang Involved Youth.
- Be Open and Honest. Promote Informal Communication with Gang Involved Youth
Don'ts for teachers
- Do Not Humiliate or Embarrass Gang Involved Students (especially in front of peers)
- Do Not Publicly Praise Gang Members for Academic Achievement before Checking with Student.
- Do Not Allow Students to Write Gang Symbols or Turn in assignments with Gang Style Writing
- Do Not Allow Gang Members from the Same Set to Work Together.
- Do Not Allow Gang Involved Students to "Disappear" in the Classroom.
- Do Not Allow Your Classroom to be used as a Gang Forum.
- Do Not Allow Students to overly Group or Clique Together and Exclude Other Groups.
- Do Not Change your Mind about Enforcing Rules. Gang Kids See Inconsistencies as a Weakness and Will Exploit It.
- Do Not Challenge or Try to Intimidate Gang Involved Youth, Especially in Front of Their Peers.
- Do Not Make Exceptions for Favorite Students.
- Do Not Allow Students to Use Words or Activities that are Gang Related
- Do Not Allow Students to Refer to Each Other by Gang Monikers.
- Do Not Trust Gang Members Completely. Be a Guide and Mentor
- Do Not Become an Enabler by Providing Excuses for the Student's Negative Behaviors
- Do Not Become a Home Boy/Girl to Gang Kids.
- Have School and Classroom Rules Posted and Clearly Visible
- Continuously Discuss the Rules and Your Expectations
- Invite Student Participation in Rules Development and During Discussions on the Rules
- Be Firm, Fair, and Consistent in Enforcing Rules
- Know the School Policies and be sure of Enforcement
- Discipline with Respect and in a Low Key Manner
- Remind Them You are Doing Your Job
KEEP YOUR COOL
- Take Immediate Appropriate Action
- Do Not Get Into Head-butting Contests
- Do Not Lay Hands on a Student or their Belongings in a Hostile or Aggressive Manner
- Do Not Put Gang Members "On The Spot"
- Swiftly and Decisively Intervene Before the Conflict gets out of Hand
- Know the "playas"
- Be Aware of Gang Rivalries
- Do Not let Gang Members from the Same Set Sit Next to Each Other
- Be Culturally Sensitive
- Find Assets They Possess
- Be Aware of Precursors to Aggressive Acts
- Maintain a Safe Class Environment
- Connect With the Students
- Keep Students Involved
- Interact with the Students
- Give Students HOPE
- Make Curriculum Relevant to the "Real World" and Culturally Sensitive
- Use Good Judgment
- Show Passion and understanding of other cultures
- Include More Hands-On Activities
YOU DO NOT HAVE TO WIN EVERY BATTLE TO WIN THE WAR!