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March 13, 2018
Inside one of three Denver schools serving as a national model for how to do discipline differently
Restorative justice is an approach to school discipline that focuses on repairing harm rather than doling out punishment.
February 21, 2018
Looking for the ‘why’ behind student suspensions, Memphis schools turn to behavior specialists — again
For the first time since the city's 2013 school merger, behavior specialists are back in Memphis schools.
October 31, 2017
Read the rarely-seen agreement that put New York City police in charge of school safety
What that agreement actually says has been a bit of a mystery: It hasn’t been widely available to the public. Advocates have demanded that it be overhauled.
September 13, 2017
When my student was assaulted and traumatized, my school didn’t know what to do. Let’s change that.
An aura of gloom became a student’s new trademark, and he began acting out. A teacher wonders how her school could have done a better job responding.
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August 30, 2017
Suspensions, evaluations and the Absent Teacher Reserve: What a new union boss has on his mind
This September, Mark Cannizzaro will become president of the Council of School Supervisors and Administrators.
June 20, 2017
Denver’s student discipline policy will limit suspensions and expulsions in early grades
The changes will take effect for the coming school year.
June 13, 2017
How I went from a restorative justice skeptic to a restorative justice believer
Restorative justice practices are not a means for excusing student misbehavior, a New York City high school teacher writes.
June 5, 2017
How this Memphis student-turned-professor is seeking to address racial stereotyping in school discipline
An experience at Ridgeway High School contributed to a research career focused on student discipline, especially for black males.
April 7, 2017
How one Memphis student is elevating the conversation about school discipline
A student-organized poster campaign serves as a catalyst for discussions about the climate of White Station High School and disparities in discipline.
Black girls and trauma
March 2, 2017
Here’s how one Memphis school is changing the way it disciplines girls of color
Aspire Coleman responds to research pointing to trauma as a root of disciplinary problems that lead to higher rates of suspension among black girls.
March 2, 2017
Colorado could be at the forefront in cutting back on early childhood suspensions and expulsions. Here’s how.
A proposed state law would limit out-of-school suspensions and expulsions for Colorado preschool and early elementary students.
year in review
December 21, 2016
Ten stories defining Tennessee public education in 2016
From testing and standards to school funding and bus safety, Tennessee has navigated a tumultuous and historic year.
November 22, 2016
U.S. education chief wants Tennessee, other states to stop paddling their students
Citing research that corporal punishment is harmful and ineffective, John King asks Tennessee and 21 other states to prohibit it.
October 25, 2016
Why Memphis hopes principals stop worrying about sagging pants and start welcoming students warmly
Chief Academic Officer Heidi Ramirez says the way to change discipline practices in Memphis is to change teachers' and administrators' relationships with students.
October 21, 2016
First Person: What the shift to restorative justice looked like in my KIPP school
When a student defaced our school with angry graffiti, we asked him direct questions in more than a dozen conferences. "Soft"? We ask to be judged by results.
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