This session will provide recommendations to increase the retention and graduation rate of all students. Disproportionate suspension and expulsion numbers of Black and Latino students throughout the country directly contribute to the school-to-prison pipeline. Students are unjustly pushed out of school for “willful defiance,” insubordination and misconduct. Strength-based programs like restorative justice keep our students in the classroom and in school. Practical examples and stories of success will be shared, as well as explicit suggestions for using restorative practices to keep students, particularly minority students, in schools and learning, and to STOP the dreaded school-to-prison pipeline.