Training Opportunity! School-Justice Partnership Institute, May 22-24, 2017, Orange County (CA)

Now Accepting Applications! The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) is currently accepting applications to attend and participate in the School-Justice Partnership Institute. The Institute is a two and a half day event open to multidisciplinary teams who are in the early stages of building a school-justice collaborative. The goal of the Institute is to broadly educate on school-justice issues and how to collaborate to reduce the number of youth pushed out of school and into the juvenile justice system. Teams accepted will receive funding to cover travel, lodging and per diem. The Institute will include the following topics:

  • The role of stakeholders
  • Meaningful parent and youth engagement
  • Promising interventions for reducing school push out
  • Mental and behavioral health issues
  • Addressing racial, gender, and special populations
  • And many more!

Who should attend? The team should include the following representative(s):

  • Juvenile Court Judge
  • Educator or School District Administrator
  • Law Enforcement Officer or School Resource Officer
  • Mental / Behavior Health Provider / Social Services

Pre-application There is no registration fee for this program. To be fully considered you and your team must attend the entire Institute. If you are unable to attend the entire Institute, please contact us for other training opportunities. The Institute will begin at 8:00 a.m. on the first day and will conclude on third day at 12:00 p.m. Please note that the completion of the application does not guarantee your acceptance.

Deadline The deadline to submit your application is Friday, March 31, 2017. For more information contact Theresa Bohannan at tbohannan@ncjfcj.org.
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This conference is pending approval from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP). DO NOT purchase air tickets or make any other travel arrangements (except securing time away from your position) until you have received confirmation that the program has been approved by the NCJFCJ. Upon approval the NCJFCJ will contact you immediately.

Training Opportunity! Creating a Trauma Informed School Training, June 9, 2017, Colorado Springs (CO)

Registration Open! Join the National Center for School Engagement (NCSE) in Colorado Springs (CO) for a training opportunity on "Creating a Trauma Informed School." The training will be held June 9, 2017. This training will provide educators and counselors with an understanding of the educational impacts of trauma on students. Participants will learn strategies to help students who have experienced trauma to become successful in the classroom, school, and community. Training topics will include: 

  • Impact on learning after a traumatic event
  • Strategies for creating a safe learning environment
  • Relationships/Safety/Control
  • Academic monitoring of student success
  • Creating mindfulness in the school and classroom
For more information about the training, click here

Webinar Recording Now Available! Developing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for Your School-Justice Partnership













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.

New Publication! 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.

Latest News & Events

Mar. 14, 2017 - IHEP launches new #CollegeNot Prison Campaign

The Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP) has launched #CollegeNotPrison campaign that highlights the "need to increase access to higher education for justice system-impacted youth. #CollegeNotPrison was created to "educate policymakers, campus leaders, and the public about the financial barriers justice-involved youth face when pursuing higher education."

#CollegeNotPrison features a two-minute video of Alton Pitre a sociology major attending Morehouse College talking about his experience as a justice-involved youth wrongfully incarcerated. Pitre talks about his experience and speaks about the policy changes to increase access for youth involved in the justice system. To view his story and information visit CollegeNotPrison.com website.


Visit the CollegeNotPrison website created by IHEP to address these important issues. We encourage you to share #CollegeNotPrison video to the following social media outlets.


Share the #CollegeNotPrison video on Twitter - https://twitter.com/IHEPTweets

#CollegeNotPrison tweets

College changes lives. Make #HigherEd accessible and affordable for justice-involved youth. #CollegeNotPrison https://collegenotprison.com
College is a smart investment. Every $1 spent on prison education saves $4 on re-imprisonment. #CollegeNotPrison https://collegenotprison.com
It’s time to reduce recidivism. 1989-2013 state #HigherEd spending rose 5% vs 89% on corrections. #CollegeNotPrison https://collegenotprison.com

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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

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

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