Cleveland The Begining

Cleveland High School has taken positive step toward changing their discipline policy.  I am a member of the Race and Social Justice Round Table, a collaboration between Seattle Public Schools (SPS) and the City of Seattle Office of Civil Rights that includes several community based organizations.  We have taken on the racial and cultural inequities that present themselves in school discipline.  It is clear that student who experience punitive discipline policies become increasingly likely to dropout of school.  Students of color experience punitive discipline at a disproportional high rate.  We are beginning the work of ending the disproportional discipline as well as changing discipline from punitive to restorative.

About rjfacilitator

My experience, education, and passion have met in alternative discipline. Through my policy work and my mediation experience I have worked and studied the dynamic components of discipline in many settings. While Restorative Justice is not the only way to approach conflict in communities, it has provided me an effective model in which to examine and engage in conflict. We provide custom programs for schools, colleges, and youth serving agencies seeking to engage with conflict using healthy and sustainable tools.
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