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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.

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.

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.

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National Bullying Prevention Month

Children should not be subjected to bullying as they grow, yet it is prevalent in our society not only in physical form but now in cyberspace as well. The National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine offer a toolkit, videos and topical books as resources to use during National Bullying Prevention Month (October). These materials are designed to help parents, educators, community leaders - anyone in a child’s life recognize the signs of bullying and have tools to help the child at home, at school, online – wherever the bullying is occurring.

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Webinar Opportunity

Family and Youth Engagement in School-Justice Partnerships: Voices from the Field

This webinar will highlight the need for authentic family and youth engagement in School-Justice Partnership work, with an emphasis on the challenge of engaging parents, other caregivers and youth in diversion opportunities that address behavioral health needs. Excerpts from a new podcast series called "Strategies to Build Family and Youth Engagement in School Responder Models" will be shared, elevating the family and youth perspectives on engagement and highlighting strategies that have been successful in practice.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Time: 9:00 a.m. Pacific / 12:00 p.m. Eastern

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Trauma- Informed Classrooms: Moving Theory into Practice

In this webinar, presenters will discuss ways local jurisdictions can practically implement trauma-informed practices to promote student and staff wellbeing. Examples of school districts that are promoting school success by the use and development of trauma-responsive school-based intervention models will be provided.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Time: 9:00 a.m. Pacific / 12:00 p.m. Eastern

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Latest News & Events

New! Trauma Informed Classrooms - The impact of students’ life experiences on their 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 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 - Throughout 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. 

 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.
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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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