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) studentadvocacycenter.org.
Summary of the Law
7 Factor Worksheet
Lesser Intervention Checklist
Michigan Department of Education School Discipline Toolkit
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
Need Help? Reach out to the Student Rights Project. University of Michigan graduate students, who have conducted extensive research on model codes and analyzed many codes around the state, are available to help. Zainab Farhat, (313)205-1109, email@example.com, SRP-Education@umich.edu
State Board of Education Model Code of Student Conduct:
Dignity In Schools Model Code
Reducing suspensions and improving school climate (and achievement) requires a paradigm shift. It requires ongoing conversations and encouragement from courageous leaders who take a “whole child” approach. We have gathered tools here to help you inspire that change.
Finding your ACE Score and Resiliency Score: http://formedfamiliesforward.org/images/Trauma-informed-care-information-from-Allison-Sampson-Jackson.pdf
School Discipline Beliefs / Values Reframe Worksheet Please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ongoing Professional Development
Overview / Implementation
Student Advocacy Center has been helping develop alternative plans to suspension for many, many years. We have experience working one-on-one with students, parents and schools, as well as helping schools think about improving their policies. We know that one “program” doesn’t cut it when tackling the complex challenge of school discipline. Our training helps to think about the “why” and digs into a whole host of practices (administrative, prevention, intervention, alternatives to suspension) and practical tools. Contact email@example.com for more information.
Phillip Hamberg, firstname.lastname@example.org (early childhood)
Michigan Collaborative for Mindfulness in Education (MC4ME), http://www.mc4me.org/
MDE’s Resource Page: http://www.michigan.gov/mde/0,4615,7-140-74638_72831_72833-361320–,00.html Mediation Centers around the state may be able to help with training and ongoing implementation: http://courts.mi.gov/Administration/SCAO/OfficesPrograms/ODR/Pages/Find-a-Mediation-Center.aspx
The Sower Center is based in South Lyon, but Bill has traveled all over to support districts in implementing restorative practices in school. He has extensive experience working with what some might call “tough kids.” www.thesowercenter.com/contact.php Neutral Zone offers an interactive, two-day training for schools on restorative practices and helps schools understand how restorative practices can encourage authentic youth voices in schools. http://neutral-zone.org/restorative-practices-youth-driven-spaces/
Black Family Development is based out of Detroit and is IIRP certified. www.blackfamilydevelopment.org
Nancy Schertzing is based out of Lansing and has extensive experience helping schools implement restorative practices. http://schertzingcommunications.com/
Restorative Circle Manual, goo.gl/iBHTSC
Shayla Griffin, email@example.com
Neutral Zone’s Youth Drive Spaces training
DaQuann W. Harrison, firstname.lastname@example.org Educational / Motivational Speaker
Michigan Model for Health, http://www.michigan.gov/mde/0,4615,7-140-74638_72831_72836-362901–,00.html#one
School Learning Community – Experts
Michigan School Justice Partnership, http://www.school2prison.com/
Scott Menzel, email@example.com (restorative practices implementation, policy)
RJ Webber, firstname.lastname@example.org (restorative practices implementation)
Paul Salah, SalahP@resa.net (cultural competence, PBIS resources, policy)
Cory McElmeel, email@example.com (restorative practices implementation – peer restorative groups)
Dr. Sarena Shivers, firstname.lastname@example.org (cultural competence, professional learning communities, trauma)
Scott Buchler, email@example.com (alternatives, school practices)
Abe Mashhour, firstname.lastname@example.org Dwight Wilson, retired school administrator, email@example.com (student voice, reducing suspensions)