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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

Click here to register for this webinar.

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

Click here to register for this webinar.

Latest News & Events

Oct. 11, 2017 NEW!  Disrupting School-Justice Pathways for Youth with Behavioral Needs Technical Assistance Brief 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. Communities and states have recognized the need to address those with behavioral health needs, and have implemented a School Responder Model (SRM), which originally emerged from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation’s Models for Change Mental Health/Juvenile Justice Action Network. This Technical Assistance Brief provides the steps necessary to implement a SRM and keep kids in school and out of court. Click here to download. 

 Oct. 11, 2017 NEW! The Intersection of Juvenile
 Courts and Exclusionary School
Discipline Technical
 Assistance Bulletin
 This Technical Assistance Bulletin
 describes the history of zero tolerance policies,
 exclusionary discipline, and school push out. This
 Bulletin describes how the effectiveness of
 exclusionary discipline has been called into question
 by education scholars, community leaders, and
 policymakers. The Bulletin 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.

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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