Continuing the efforts of the Federal Supportive School Discipline Initiative, the U.S. Departments of Justice and Education are hosting a Supportive School Discipline (SSD) Webinar Series. The Series is designed to increase awareness and understanding of school disciplinary practices that push youth out of school and many times into the justice system, and provide practical examples of alternative approaches that maintain school safety while ensuring academic engagement and success for all students.
2014 webinars are taking an indepth look at the School Climate & School Discipline: A Guidance Package ED and DOJ released in January 2014. As each webinar is scheduled, they will be posted here. Also, in 2013, the webinar series featured seven events on key school discipline issues. To access archived recordings and slides from those events in the series, click on the titles below. Additional information on the Series is also below,
Guiding Principle #1: Climate and Prevention
February 27, 2014
Making the Case for Positive Approaches to Discipline
January 16, 2013
Trauma-Informed Practices in School Discipline
July 24, 2013
Background on SSD Webinar Series
In July 2011, Attorney General Eric Holder and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced the creation of the Supportive School Discipline Initiative (SSDI). The collaboration is aimed at targeting school disciplinary policies and practices that push youth out of school and many times into the justice system, also known as the school-to-prison pipeline.
Research has consistently demonstrated the negative impact of punitive and exclusionary school discipline practices. And the importance of continued commitment to reforming our Nation’s school discipline practices was most recently underscored in The White House’s January 2013 plan to protect children and communities and its call to identify and share best practices on school discipline polices and equitable implementation.
The SSD Webinar series is one of the many components being implemented as part of the SSDI. For more information on SSDI, go here: http://www2.ed.gov/policy/gen/guid/school-discipline/appendix-3-overview.pdf.
 The White House. 2013. Now Is The Time: The President’s plan to protect our children and our communities by r educing gun violence. Washington, DC: Author. Available online at http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/docs/wh_now_is_the_time_full.pdf.