Suspensions, no - SEL, yes!

January 22, 2014

On January 8, the US Departments of Education and Justice issued new guidelines aimed at reversing punitive discipline policies like "zero tolerance."  

Instead of pushing young people out with suspensions and expulsions (disproportionately targeting black and Latino students), they said, we must "take deliberate steps to create the positive school climates that can help prevent and change inappropriate behaviors. Such steps include training staff, engaging families and community partners, and deploying resources to help students develop the social, emotional, and conflict resolution skills needed to avoid and deescalate problems." They also cite restorative approaches as a constructive approach.
 
Read the the new plan's key document: Guiding Principles: A Resource Guide for Improving School Climate and Discipline.
 
Meanwhile, youth and adult activists around the country are taking action on their own: