Equitable Discipline with RCD


In today’s highly-charged social environment, many school leaders are asking how to ensure equitable discipline procedures for all students. Now, more than ever, schools must work to address bias and to reduce suspensions and referrals. RCD Creator Larry Thompson, M.Ed. and RCD Master Trainer and former principal Brian Dinkins, Ed.D. share specific strategies on how to incorporate a consistent, equitable and easy-to-document approach to discipline. Using the RCD framework, school leaders will see how all students can be treated with respect and dignity while maintaining a productive learning environment.

Designed for educators who are implementing RCD or who have attended an RCD or Defiant Students training sessions, this two-hour Virtual RCD Leadership Institute webinar features a one-hour session with Larry Thompson and Dr. Brian Dinkins as well as a Q&A session addressing struggles with student discipline and classroom management.

  • Following a consistent discipline approach with all students
  • Using RCD principles to address defiance and disruption
  • Avoiding the appearance of bias

About the Presenter

Author of Roadmap to Responsibility and Give ‘em Five, Larry Thompson, M.Ed., is often called upon to deliver keynote presentations for state and national education conferences because of his knowledge, humor and passion for assisting today’s students. He has helped thousands of educators and schools throughout North America break away from their traditional discipline models to a model that creates a responsible climate and responsible students. Larry has served in a wide variety of roles in education – from special education teacher to alternative and traditional high school principal. As creator of the Responsibility-Centered Discipline program, Larry understands that systems must be created that can be realistically implemented and sustained.


Brian Dinkins is an RCD Certified Master Trainer and president of the National Institute for Child Empowerment, an organization that provides parents and students in disenfranchised communities with training, mentoring and advocacy to increase access to college and careers. Raised by a single mother in the inner city of Indianapolis, he didn’t perform well academically in high school. But with the support of teachers, coaches and mentors, he earned a B.A. from Purdue, where he played football for the Big Ten Champion Boilermakers. He is currently finishing his Doctorate in Educational Leadership at Ball State University. Brian has served as a teacher, coach and principal in urban settings at a traditional public school, two charter schools, and at a faith-based school. He currently teaches educational leadership on an adjunct basis at Marian University.

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