The United States Department of Justice is hosting webinars of interest to volunteer guardians ad litem, program staff, educators and community members.
Launched in January 2013, the Supportive School Discipline Webinar Series works to "increase awareness and understanding" while also providing pragmatic "examples of school discipline practices that maintain school and classroom safety while ensuring academic engagement and success for all students."
The series is part of a larger effort to target and reform school disciplinary policies and practices, especially those that serve to "push youth out of school and […] into the justice system."
Webinars in the series are free, open to all registrants and will explore numerous topics including:
- current school discipline philosophies, policies, and practices and emerging alternatives;
- addressing truancy and absenteeism;
- infusing restorative justice principles;
- the role of school resource officers in supportive school discipline;
- the promise of trauma-informed practices;
- the importance of youth, family, and community engagement; and
- the need for professional development across all stakeholders.
The Supportive School Discipline Webinar Series is coordinated by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention and their partners, the Supportive School Discipline Communities of Practice and the National Center on Safe Supportive Learning Environments.