Supportive School Discipline Webinar Series

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,

2014

Making the Case for Positive Approaches to Discipline
January 16, 2013


Alternatives to Traditional School Discipline: The Multi-Tiered Behavioral Health Prevention Framework
January 23, 2013


Addressing Truancy: Innovative Approaches to Systemically Increasing Attendance and Reducing Chronic Truancy
February 27, 2013


Stemming the School-to-Prison Pipeline: Applying Restorative Justice Principles to School Discipline Practices
March 20, 2013


At the Intersection of School Safety and Supportive Discipline: Navigating the Roles and Responsibilities of School Resource Officers
April 24, 2013


Using Youth Court as a Supportive School Discipline Practice
May 29, 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.[1]

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.  


[1] 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.