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Accountability Guidelines on School Pushout and Charter Schools Webinar

On October 8, 2014 the Dignity in Schools Campaign released Accountability Guidelines on School Pushout and Charter Schools that call on states and localities to put in place laws and policies that will increa

Beyond the First Look: Turning Local Data into Action Google Hangout Webinar Slides

On July 7, 2016 the Dignity in Schools Campaign co-hosted the Beyond the First Look: Turning Local Data into Action Google Hangout Webinar with the Schott Foundation for Public Education. Here you will find the webinar slides with content discussed on the webinar along with links to featured resources.

Federal School Discipline Guidance

On January 8, 2014, the federal Departments of Education and Justice released "School Climate and Discipline Guidance" to school districts. The Guidance lays out civil rights obligations related to school discipline and best practices for reducing disparities and implementing positive approaches to discipline. On this webinar we reviewed the content of the federal guidance and discussed strategies for how local youth, parent, teacher and advocacy organizations can use the guidance to support your work with school districts and other policy-makers in your communities.

Media Outreach & Communications Webinars

As part of the member support offered to staff and members of the Dignity in Schools Campaign's allied organizations, the DSC offers online and in-person workshops media outreach and communications strategy. The materials listed below, are PDF file versions of the webinars used during these sessions. Please feel free to download and share these resources. If you have any questions, concerns, suggestions or would like to participate in one of our webinars, please contact DSC Communications Coordinator Nancy Trevino at nancy@dignityinschools.org.

Office for Civil Rights (OCR) School Discipline Data Webinar

General overview on the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) Data Collection on School Discipline released in November of 2016 and instructions on how to navigate the OCR website and find specific school discipline data for your State and District.

Using Statewide Report Cards to Fight Pushout and Criminalization

On January 15, 2015 the Dignity in Schools Campaign hosted a webinar on Using State-Wide Report Cards to Fight Pushout and Criminalization.

Webinars for the Model Code on Education & Dignity

Introductory webinars to the DSC Model Code on Education Dignity. The Dignity in Schools Campaign's Model Code 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.

2016 Office for Civil Rights School Discipline Data Webinar

This webinar includes an overview of the Office for Civil Rights Civil Rights Data Collection (CRDC) website and information about how to access local information about your school district.

Model Code Comparison Tool Webinar

On February 19, 2015 the DSC hosted a webinar on our Model Code on Education and Dignity Comparison Tool. The DSC has created a Model Code Comparison Tool to engage students, parents and educators in your community in a process to compare local Codes of Conduct to provisions of the DSC Model Code.

How Students with Disabilities Are Being Pushed Out of School Part 2

April 07, 2009

Call #2: The Impact of Corporal Punishment, Restraint and Seclusion, and How Education Stimulus Dollars Can Be Used to Solve Part of the Pushout Problem

How Students With Disabilities Are Being Pushed Out of School

Dec 18, 2008

This is the first of a three part series of conference calls on Special Education and Pushout.  Contact Lori Turner if you are interested in participating in the upcoming calls in 2009.

Dismantling the School to Prison Pipeline through Human Rights

Sep 18, 2008

A Membership Skills Building Training Call from the US Human Rights Network and the Dignity in Schools Campaign

How Immigrant Students Are Being Pushed Out of School

Jul 24, 2008

Discussion of the unique barriers immigrant students encounter in school settings that push them out of school and how schools can better respond to the needs of immigrant students and their families.

Charter Schools and Push Out: Reflections on the Transformation of Public Education in Post-Katrina New Orleans

Feb 20, 2008

Discussion of the benefits and potential problems posed by charter schools for meeting the needs of at-risk youth, promoting inclusive schools, and encouraging positive behavior in students.

How Can We Promote Federal Legislation for Positive Approaches to School Discipline: Discussing the Positive Behavior for Effective Schools Act

Nov 13, 2007

Discussion about legislation to make No Child Left Behind funds available for Positive Behavior Support programs and other efforts to create a positive school climate. Speakers discussed how advocates can promote this and other national policies to reduce exclusionary discipline and pushout.

Are Alternative Education Programs Being Used to Warehouse Kids Who Have Been Pushed Out

May 29, 2007

Overview of alternative programs and discussion on the strategies for assessing and improving alternative programs. Following the call, the DSC produced the practical guide – Alternative Schools and Pushout: Research and Advocacy Guide.

How Police Presence and School Drug, Gang and Truancy Policies Lead to Pushout

Feb 13, 2007

Discussion about how philosophies of zero tolerance influence school policies beyond student discipline and how the police presence in schools and school drug, gang and truancy policies lead to pushout.

Lessons Learned In the Movement Against Zero Tolerance

Sep 26, 2006

Discussion about whether there is a connection between zero tolerance practices and the pushout & dropout crisis. Speakers presented a history of zero tolerance, the connection between discipline and the dropout crisis, how it has been manifested in New York, and attempts at reforming zero tolerance in Texas.

A Paradigm Shift: Reactive Discipline to Proactive Discipline – A Proposal to Transform Discipline in the Los Angeles Unified School District

May 09, 2006

Discussion of a school district’s attempt to create a proactive discipline policy based on positive behavior supports. Some participants subsequently wrote letters of support to the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) Board of Education.

Alternatives to Zero Tolerance Policies: Discussions Towards a Model School Discipline Code

Dec 01, 2005

Discussion of two alternative perspectives on school discipline: restorative justice and human rights.

  • Nancy Riestenberg, Minnesota Department of Children, Families & Learning
  • Liz Sullivan, National Economic and Social Rights Initiative

IDEA ’04 and School Discipline: Is the use of zero tolerance and school removal appropriate in the discipline of students with special education needs?

Jul 07, 2005

Discussion on the appropriateness of the new law, the legal and practical implications for discipline, and the impact of public comment on the proposed regulations.