Addressing the School-to-Prison Pipeline with Practices that Promote Restorative Justice and Educational Equity

Zero tolerance discipline policies are designed to deter violence and crime in schools; however, they can disproportionately impact student learning because of the time students from minority groups spend out of school. In addition, we see the emergence of the school-to-prison pipeline with students experiencing repeated disciplinary action, which ultimately leads some to abandon school entirely, increasing the likelihood of their involvement in crime and the criminal justice system. Attitudes and perceptions play a major role in all behavior, particularly school discipline, which can be strongly influenced by the beliefs held by school personnel and students alike. This workshop will address the use of punitive discipline in schools and its impact on the school-to-prison pipeline. The presenter will engage the audience in a dialogue about restorative justice initiatives that result in improved school climate and success for all students.

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Justice Schools Share (50 min)
Location: Brandywine Date: October 24, 2016 Time: 11:10 am - 12:00 pm Virginia Diaz-Mendoza