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Rethink Discipline Implementation

In August of 2017, Michigan’s state discipline code dramatically changes, ending zero tolerance and requiring that lesser interventions be considered. We have gathered some resources to assist, everything from a summary of key law changes to recommendations for HOW to revise your code to a tool to analyze your code to model codes to professional development resources. Please email us if you have resources we should add. contact (at)

Summary of the Law

Code of Conduct Resources

Code of Conduct Revision Process
Code of conduct reviews should not be delayed until late summer. We map out a process based on research and field experience.

Code of Conduct Self-Analysis Tool

State Board of Education Model Code of Student Conduct:

Dignity In Schools Model Code

Ypsilanti Community Schools


Ongoing Professional Development

Contact Student Advocacy Center if you are interested in having our Executive Director Peri Stone-Palmquist conduct a training in your district to explore ways to reduce suspensions and improve school climate.

Positive behavior approaches

Trauma Trainings
Phillip Hamberg, (early childhood)

Michigan Collaborative for Mindfulness in Education (MC4ME),

Restorative Practices
Restorative Circle Manual,

Cultural Humility
Shayla Griffin,

Youth Voice
Neutral Zone’s Youth Drive Spaces training

Social-Emotional Learning
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School Learning Community – Experts
Michigan School Justice Partnership,
Scott Menzel, (restorative practices implementation, policy)
RJ Webber, (restorative practices implementation)
Paul Salah,  (cultural competence, PBIS resources, policy)
Cory McElmeel, (restorative practices implementation – peer restorative groups)
Dr. Sarena Shivers, (cultural competence, professional learning communities, trauma)
Scott Buchler, (alternatives, school practices)
Abe Mashhour,

Overall Resources

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