AIR Experts Develop School Discipline Planning Guide for Educators

Washington, D.C. – Experts with the American Institutes for Research (AIR) developed and wrote a planning guide for educators aimed at promoting positive school climates and ending disparities in administering student discipline. The guide was released July 22 during a Rethink School Discipline event at the White House.

Addressing the Root Causes of Disparities in School Discipline, An Educator’s Guide, helps schools and districts address persistent disparities in school discipline. It includes tools to assess and systematically address disparities in a data informed manner that looks at causes that go beyond discipline and may begin earlier in a student’s life.

The White House event included remarks by Education Secretary Arne Duncan, Attorney General Loretta Lynch and leading education and research experts. AIR’s David Osher and Sandra Williamson participated in a panel discussion entitled: Supporting School-Level Root Cause Analyses of Disproportionate Discipline Outcomes, and Osher summed up the panel during a plenary session.

School leaders and researchers from across the country discussed best practices aimed at fostering safe, supportive, and productive learning environments that keep kids in school and out of the juvenile justice system. The guide is available on the National Center on Safe Supportive Learning Environments (NCSSLE) website, and contains links to many other resources. NCSSLE is funded by the U.S. Department of Education and operated by AIR.

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