School Justice Partnership: National Resource Center

National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges

Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention

Federal Initiatives

There are several federally funded or supported initiatives that can be useful resources for information related to school-justice issues. 

U.S. Department of Education School Climate and Discipline Webpage

Teachers and students deserve school environments that are safe, supportive, and conducive to teaching and learning. Creating a supportive school climate—and decreasing suspensions and expulsions—requires close attention to the social, emotional, and behavioral needs of all students.

Administrators, educators, students, parents and community members can find on this site tools, data and resources to:
  • Increase their awareness of the prevalence, impact, and legal implications of suspension and expulsion;

  • Find basic information and resources on effective alternatives; and

  • Join a national conversation on how to effectively create positive school climates.

U.S. Department of Education School Climate Transformation Grant - Location Education Agency Grants Program

The School Climate Transformation Grant—Local Educational Agency Program provides competitive grants to local educational agencies (LEAs) to develop, enhance, or expand systems of support for, and technical assistance to, schools implementing an evidence-based multi-tiered behavioral framework for improving behavioral outcomes and learning conditions for all students.

"Now is the Time" Project AWARE Local Education Agency Grant Information 

The “Now is the Time” Project Advancing Wellness and Resilience in Education (AWARE) grant program expands the capacity of state education agencies (SEAs) and local education agencies (LEAs) to:
  • Increase awareness of mental health issues among school-age youth
  • Train school personnel and other adults who interact with school-age youth so they can detect and respond to mental health issues
  • Connect children, youth, and families who may experience behavioral health issues with appropriate services

The purpose of this program is to assist local educational agencies to begin to support the training of school personnel and other adults who interact with youth in both school settings and communities to detect and respond to mental illness in children and youth, including how to encourage adolescents and their families experiencing these problems to seek treatment. It is required that individuals be trained in Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) or Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA). By implementing this program, SAMHSA expects to achieve an increase in the mental health literacy of adults who interact with school-aged youth and increase awareness of mental health issues among school-aged youth.

National Center for Safe Supportive Learning Environments

The National Center on Safe Supportive Learning Environments (NCSSLE) is funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Safe and Healthy Students to help address such issues. Specifically, the Center
  • Provides training and support to state administrators, including 11 grantees funded under the Safe and Supportive Schools grant program, 22 grantees funded under the Project Prevent grant program, school and district administrators, institutions of higher education, teachers, support staff at schools, communities and families, and students 
  • Seeks to improve schools' conditions for learning through measurement and program implementation, so that all students have the opportunity to realize academic success in safe and supportive environments

National Clearinghouse on Supportive School Discipline

With funding from Atlantic Philanthropies, the American Institutes for Research® (AIR) founded the National Clearinghouse on Supportive School Discipline (NCSSD) to provide educational practitioners with the resources needed to facilitate: The reduction of harsh and exclusionary discipline practices to stem the pipeline to prison and the implementation of supportive school discipline practices.

National Institute of Justice Comprehensive School Safety Initiative

The goal of the Comprehensive School Safety Initiative is to improve the safety of our nation’s schools and students through rigorous research that produces practical knowledge. This is accomplished through partnerships — among educators, researchers, and stakeholders from other disciplines, such as law enforcement, behavioral and mental health professionals — that are working toward the following objectives:
  • Increasing scientific knowledge about the root causes, characteristics, and consequences of school violence and other threats to school and student safety.
  • Developing, supporting, and rigorously evaluating a wide range of school and student safety programs, practices, and strategies.
  • Developing a comprehensive school safety framework based on the best available information and evidence and testing it in selected school districts.

Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports Technical Assistance Center

The Technical Assistance Center on Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports is established by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) to define, develop, implement, and evaluate a multi-tiered approach to Technical Assistance that improves the capacity of states, districts and schools to establish, scale-up and sustain the PBIS framework. Emphasis is given to the impact of implementing PBIS on the social, emotional and academic outcomes for students with disabilities. 

My Brother's Keeper

President Obama launched the My Brother’s Keeper initiative to address persistent opportunity gaps faced by boys and young men of color and ensure that all young people can reach their full potential. Through this initiative, the Administration is joining with cities and towns, businesses, and foundations who are taking important steps to connect young people to mentoring, support networks, and the skills they need to find a good job or go to college and work their way into the middle class.

U.S. Department of Justice Defending Childhood Initiative

Attorney General Eric Holder launched the Defending Childhood initiative on September 23, 2010, to address a national crisis: the exposure of America’s children to violence as victims and as witnesses. The Attorney General has been personally and professionally committed to this issue for many years, dating back to early in his career when he served as the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia and through his tenure as Deputy Attorney General in the Clinton Administration.

Supportive School Discipline Communitites of Practice 

The Supportive School Discipline Communities of Practice (SSDCoP) brings together a network of education and justice leaders with diverse skills and experiences within and across states to (1) share experiences, (2) get information and tools, (3) learn with and from each other, and (4) contribute to their jurisdiction's effort to eliminate the school to prison pipeline and promote graduation.

The National Technical Assistance Center for the Education of Neglected or Delinquent Children and Youth 

The National Technical Assistance Center for the Education of Neglected or Delinquent Children and Youth (NDTAC) was established in 2002 through support from the U.S. Department of Education (ED). NDTAC serves as a national resource center to provide direct assistance to States, schools, communities, and parents seeking information on the education of children and youth who are considered neglected, delinquent, or at-risk. The education of youth involved in the juvenile justice system is a primary focus of the Center.

Safe Schools Healthy Students 

The Safe Schools/Healthy Students (SS/HS) Initiative takes a comprehensive approach, drawing on the best practices and the latest thinking in education, justice, social services, and mental health to help communities take action. SS/HS is a collaborative effort and comprehensive model to promote mental health among students and create safe and supportive schools.  To date, SS/HS has provided services to over 13 million youth and more than $2 billion in funding and other resources to 386 communities in all 50 states across the Nation.

 National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ)

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