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NCSE Training on Problem Solving Truancy Court

Join The National Center for School Engagement (NCSE) in Denver for a training on how to transform a traditional truancy court into a problem-solving court. Rather than taking a punitive approach, problem solving courts help identify and correct the root of the problem, and are far more successful. Retired Judge Dennis Maes, who designed one of the first such court programs, is the lead trainer. Click on the button below for additional information regarding the NCSE training. For more information about NCSE, click here.

Tips: Come a day early to join us for Evaluating Your Truancy Reduction Program, then spend the weekend skiing in the Rockies!

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Developing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for School-Justice Partnerships: Technical Assistance Tools


A memorandum of understanding (MOU) is a critical document in establishing coordinated efforts in a school-justice partnership. An MOU is a multilateral agreement among multiple parties intended to express a common vision and line of action. MOUs in school-justice partnerships represent a collective commitment among schools, courts, and other relevant agencies, to adhere to specific principles and share responsibilities for the collaborative’s engagements. When developing a comprehensive MOU, stakeholders must specifically define the roles and responsibilities of each involved party, as well as clearly identify the areas of shared responsibility. All MOUs should be developed with the understanding that it is a living document and will be subjected to regular revisions as changes in goals and dynamics will require adaptability to sustain an effective collaborative.

This fillable PDF technical assistance tool developed by the Honorable Steven Teske serves as a template that can be used to develop an MOU in your local jurisdiction.

Judicially-Led Responses to the School Pathways to the Juvenile Justice System Project: An Overview of the Lessons Learned

The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges has published the Judicially-Led Responses to the School Pathways to the Juvenile Justice System Project: An Overview of the Lessons Learned. The zero tolerance policies that were adopted by many local and state education agencies in the 1990s had the unintended effect of unnecessarily introducing low-risk youth to the juvenile justice system for disruptive behaviors that are very typical of adolescence. Despite overall decreases in juvenile delinquency referrals nationally, including arrests of juveniles for violent offenses, the proportion of referrals for non-violent acts and relatively minor misdeeds that derive from school-related incidents has remained high in many jurisdictions. The School Pathways to Juvenile Justice System Project represented an important first phase in national response to the high proportion of delinquency referrals from schools to juvenile courts experienced in many regions of the country.

This technical assistance (TA) bulletin focuses on early lessons learned from the initial on-site TA (and follow-up TA) provided to the original 16 School Pathways demonstration sites.

If you would like to request a free hard copy or copies of this publication, contact Elo Chaparro at echaparro@ncjfcj.org.

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Developing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for Your School-Justice Partnership Webinar

The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges joined by the Honorable Steven Teske, Chief Judge, Clayton County, Georgia, introduces and discussed the steps to develop a MOU during this interactive online training.

A memorandum of understanding (MOU) is a critical document in establishing coordinated efforts in a school-justice partnership. A MOU is a multilateral agreement among multiple parties intended to express a common vision and line of action. MOUs in school-justice partnerships represent a collective commitment among schools, courts, and other relevant agencies, to adhere to specific principles and share responsibilities for the collaborative engagements. When developing a comprehensive MOU, stakeholders must specifically define the roles and responsibilities of each involved party, as well as clearly identify the areas of shared responsibility. All MOUs should be developed with the understanding that it is a living document and which will be subjected to regular revisions as changes in goals and dynamics require adaptation to sustain an effective collaborative.

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Jan. 13, 2017 - Department of Education Releases Resources To Support Justice-Involved Youth Transition

The U.S. Department of Education announced the release of new guides and resources to help justice-involved youth successfully transition back to traditional school settings and avoid recidivism. The resources include a guide written for incarcerated youth, a newly updated transition toolkit and resource guide for practitioners in juvenile justice facilities, a document detailing education programs in juvenile justice facilities from the most recent Civil Rights Data Collection, and a website that provides technical assistance to support youth with disabilities transitioning out of juvenile justice facilities. The resources supplement the Department’s joint guidance with the U.S. Department of Justice to improve school climate and reduce the school-to-prison pipeline.

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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

2016 Issues
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

2015 Issues

Chronic Absenteeism and Truancy
What are School-Based Arrests and Referrals? 

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