As a result of the growing body of evidence demonstrating the alarming relationship between widespread school suspensions and expulsions and involvement in the justice system, today’s schools, courts, and communities require new thinking about how to positively approach discipline when children violate boundaries and policies in school. This Webinar, the first in the SSD Webinar Series, provided the knowledge that school, district, and court staff, law enforcement, and community stakeholders need to better understand the issues surrounding traditional school discipline practices and examples of how communities have shifted their disciplinary approaches.
In this first Supportive School Webinar Series event, Russ Skiba, Ph.D., Professor of Counseling and Educational Psychology at Indiana University, began the session by reviewing the latest research on school discipline practices. Then, the Honorable Steven C. Teske, Chief Judge, Juvenile Court of Clayton County, Georgia, shared his experience shifting a court system’s approach to one of broader collaboration and more positive alternatives to discipline cases. Finally, John E. Hudson, Supervisor of Attendance, Truancy, Dropout Prevention and Recovery for the Waco Independent School District in Waco, Texas, discussed his district’s experience in transitioning from an exclusionary discipline model to a positive approach and the impact he has seen as a result.