Model School Code

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The Dignity in Schools Campaign Model Code on Education and Dignity presents a set of recommended policies to schools, districts and legislators to help end school pushout and protect the human rights to education, dignity, participation and freedom from discrimination. The Code is the culmination of several years of research and dialogue with students, parents, educators, advocates and researchers who came together to envision a school system that supports all children and young people in reaching their full potential.

In October 2013, DSC released a new revised version of the Model Code, which includes new sections on: social and emotional learning, prevention and response to bullying behavior, reducing tickets and summonses issued in school, reducing racial disparities in discipline through culturally responsive classroom management, creating safe schools for LGBTQ students and other topics.

Read the full Model Code or download sections by topic area.

Read the Executive Summary

Read "How Do We Make Schools Safer?" an article by Natalie Chap and Liz Sullivan on the policies suggested in the Model Code as positive and proven alternatives to policies that call for implementing a "law enforcement" approach to school safety and discipline.

Model Code Webinars

Since publishing the Model Code, DSC has hosted a series of introductory webinars, to see and download the power point presentations used for these webinars please click here. To find out about upcoming webinars, please visit our events page here.

Model Code Training Resources

Tools, resources and activities that can be used to introduce and implement the Model Code in your community. Click here to access these resources.

Developing the Model School Code

The content of the Model Code is based on the best practices, research and experiences of students, parents, educators, communities, research advocates and policy-makers around the country who participated in the Model Code Working Group. Click here for background information and resources on the development of the Model Code.