Key Elements of Policies to Address Discipline Disproportionality

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Learning Activity

As there is no easy, one size fits all solution to addressing or preventing disproportionality in disciplinary practices, a school's approach to this endeavor may be multifaceted. However, a recommended element of whatever approach is chosen should include direct efforts in policy-making to reduce racial and ethnic disparities. In the 'Key Elements of Policies to Address Discipline Disproportionality' guide, policymakers are provided with seven key elements of effective policy to enhance equity:     

  1. Specific Commitment to Equity
  2. Family Partnerships in Policy Development
  3. Focus on Implementing Positive, Proactive Behavior Support Practices
  4. Clear, Objective Discipline Procedures
  5. Removal or Reduction of Exclusionary Practices
  6. Graduated Discipline Systems with Instructional Alternatives to Exclusion
  7. Procedures with Accountability for Equitable Student Outcomes

In delving into these elements, policymakers are provided with guidance on assessing aspects of policies to enhance equity and improve outcomes for all students.

Read through the 'Key Elements of Policies to Address Discipline Disproportionality...' PDF linked in the Resources section. 

When you're done, complete the 'Alternatives to Out-of-School Suspension Strategies' table on page 28 of the pdf to the best of your ability.


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