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School Justice Partnership Resources

The School-Justice Partnership Library contains the latest resources and materials available on school-justice issues, including articles, reports, models, policy, research, tools and webinars.

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Spotlight on Philadelphia County School-Justice Collaboration

The School Diversion Program was developed by the Philadelphia Police Department in recognition of the growing problem of the school-to-prison pipeline, and its disproportionate impact on minority students which has the potential of becoming a national model. Kevin Bethel leads the program, and represents a shared vision amongst system partners to address these issues.

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Unintended Consequences

Resources and information on the unintended consequences of school referrals to the juvenile justice system and school pushout, including resources on how to address or alleviate the consequences.

Latest News & Events

New! Trauma Informed Classrooms - The impact of students’ life experiences on Trauma-Informed Classroomstheir behavior has garnered increasing attention as schools strive to develop more supportive academic environments that address the needs of at-risk youth and facilitate continued academic engagement. This technical assistance bulletin (TAB) provides a basic understanding of the impact of trauma and adverse life experiences, how those experiences can impact behavior in the classroom, learning how to recognize trauma, and strategies for creating trauma-informed classrooms. Click here to download.

Collecting data and sharing information New!
Collecting Data and Sharing Information to
Improve School-Justice Partnerships
- Since 2012, the
NCJFCJ have trained jurisdictions on strategies and
policies to reduce the number of referrals
to the juvenile justice system for school-based
behaviors. Accurate and complete data provide
SJPs with a foundation to target their efforts,
monitor implementation, and measure
outcomes effectively. This TAB provides
guidance around what information to collect and how to use it to promote effective SJPs. Click here to download.

Disrupting School-Justice Pathways for Youth with Behavioral Needs - Disrupting School-Justice Pathways for Youth with Behavioral NeedsThroughout the 1990s, the rise of zero tolerance school discipline policies resulted in the widespread adoption of strict and mandatory responses for a large range of misbehavior in school. Disabled students and those with behavioral health needs have been disproportionately impacted by this shift in policy and practice. This TAB provides the steps necessary to implement a SRM and keep kids in school and out of court. Click here to download.

Intersection of Juvenile Courts and Exclusionary  School Discipline New! Intersection of Juvenile Courts and Exclusionary
- This TAB describes the history of
zero tolerance policies, exclusionary discipline,
and school pushout, and how the effectiveness
of exclusionary discipline has been called into
question by education scholars, community leaders,
and policymakers, and provides real-world
strategies to reduce the number of youth who
unnecessarily come into contact with law
enforcement and the juvenile justice system.
Click here download.

Topical Newsletters

The School-Justice Partnership Project newsletter contains up-to-date information relating to school discipline issues, law enforcement in schools, trauma, youth mental and behavioral health issues, and the intersection of schools and the juvenile justice system. Each issue will feature resources that are relevant to the myriad issues facing communities, and tips for enhancing collaboration within jurisdictions. To subscribe to the newsletter, click here.

IEPs and 504 Plans
School Climate

Homeless and Youth in Foster Care
Family Engagement
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning (LGBTQ) Students
Tribes and Native American Youth
Trauma-Informed Classrooms
Restorative Justice
Memorandums of Understanding (MOU)
Disproportionate Minority Contact
The Achievement Gap
School Engagement and Connectedness
Chronic Absenteeism and Truancy
What are School-Based Arrests and Referrals?

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