SSD Guiding Principle 3: Equity and Continuous Improvement

Tuesday, April 29, 2014 - 3:30pm to 5:00pm

The U.S. Department of Education (ED) and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) recently released a school discipline guidance package to assist states, districts, and schools in developing solutions to enhance school climate and improve discipline policies and practices. The guidance package provides guidance for creating positive, safe school climates, which are critical for boosting student academic achievement and closing achievement gaps.

To increase awareness and understanding of the issues around school discipline and provide practical examples of policies and practices that maintain school and classroom safety while ensuring academic engagement and success for all students, we are pleased to announce the 2014 Supportive School Discipline (SSD) Webinar Series. Webinars in the series are open to anyone and will explore how schools, courts, communities and law enforcement can work to improve school climate and discipline so that children and youth succeed in school, using the recently released package as a frame.

This fifth Webinar in the 2014 series, Guiding Principle 3: Equity and Continuous Improvement held on April 29, 2014, at 3:30 p.m. ET. This Webinar provides an in-depth review of Guiding Principle #3 as outlined within the Guiding Principles: A Resource Guide for Improving School Climate and Discipline, a key document in the recently released package.  In particular, it walks through each Action Step identified for Principle #3’s implementation, including exploring how each are being implemented by an expert panel of practitioners. These content experts bring deep knowledge of the practical realities associated with integrating Principle #3’s strategies into current practice.

PRESENTERS: The Webinar will be moderated by David Osher, Ph.D. (American Institutes for Research, Washington, DC), and feature key experts in the field who have implemented elements of Principle #3, including: Russ Skiba (Director, Equity Project, Indiana University, Center for Evaluation and Education Policy), James Bell (Director, W. Haywood Burns Institute), Anne Gregory (Associate Professor, Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology, Rutgers University), and Rebecca Fitch (Project Manager for the Civil Rights Data Collection, U.S. Department of Education.

AUDIENCE: This Webinar is appropriate for school district superintendents and allied staff, teachers, and support staff, school climate teams, student support personnel, school resource and security officers, probation/parole officers, law enforcement, judges and court administrators, legal personnel, youth, family members, and other community stakeholders.

Webinar Materials:
Presentation Slides (PDF)
Tracking Guide (DOC)

View the archived recording of this event (FLV)

Additional Resources:
Discipline Disparities Overview
Discipline Disparitiies How to Eradicate Disparities in School Discipline
NASP Threat Assessment
OCR Data Snapshot

Web Links:
The Equity Project at Indiana University
The Discipline Disparities Research-to-Practice Collaborative

*The Series is coordinated by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention State Training and Technical Assistance Center (STTAC) and the U.S. Department of Education’s Supportive School Discipline Communities of Practice (SSDCOP) and the National Center on Safe Supportive Learning Environments (NCSSLE).