A Customizable Approach to Restorative Justice School Discipline: Replacing Ineffective, Punitive, Consequences With Human-Centered Educational Practices

“A Customizable Approach to Restorative Justice
School Discipline: Replacing Ineffective, Punitive, Consequences With Human-Centered Educational Practices”

Presented by: Page Nichols and Pender Makin

Traditional school discipline tends to be one-size-fits all, punitive in nature, and largely ineffective in changing student behavior. In fact, disciplinary practices that cause students to be removed from school for any length of time actually exacerbate most of the underlying causes of maladaptive behavior, contribute to the school-to-prison pipeline, and sever the already fragile connections to school, teachers, and peers that need to be strengthened in our most at risk students.

Restorative disciplinary approaches, on the other hand, can deepen relationships, build character, repair communities, teach replacement behaviors, and foster resilience! Presented by two educators who have worked with highly at risk students in school, mental health, and juvenile justice settings, this webcast will provide viewers with the tools for implementing Restorative Justice Disciplinary Practices in any school or youth-serving setting. Viewers will:

  • Gain critical understanding about student misbehavior and about the way developing brains respond to school disciplinary practices
  • Learn how to implement restorative justice disciplinary approaches – on ANY scale (one individual teacher/classroom, a team, or an entire faculty can successfully implement the key practices … whole-school buy-in is not necessary for getting started!)
  • Learn tips for successful implementation (with students and with the other adults in your organization).


Supplementary materials and all necessary information about participating fully in this professional development opportunity are found on our Web site .  If you have any further questions, feel free to contact the National Dropout Prevention Center at ndpc@clemson.edu or 864-656-2599.




SOURCE: National Dropout Prevention Center/Network

Retrieved on April 5, 2016

For more information, visit DropoutPrevention.org

2016 Virtual Dropout Conference Proposal Form is now LIVE!

The 2016 Virtual Dropout Conference will be held on May 19, 2016 is now accepting proposal to present!  Participants will have the option of engaging in six strands which will provide strategies specific to each level (elementary school, middle school, and high school).   This year’s theme is “Dropout: It’s Never Too Early or Too Late to Intervene”.  The opening session will begin at 8:30 am and the final session will conclude at 5:00 pm.  Each session will be 60 minutes in duration and CPE credit will be provided for participants.

If you are implementing high quality and engaging strategies to meet the needs of all of our students around the Region 10 Education Service Center area and are willing to showcase your expertise by facilitating a session for our students, educators, and family units please submit a proposal to present!

More Information can be found on our site and on the 2016 Virtual Dropout Conference blog page.  Submit a proposal today!

Education in America: The Low-Income Gap (Video)

JAN 29, 2016

Nearly half of all public school students come from low-income families. And yet, new data show that low-income students are graduating at far lower rates than their peers.

In 2014, only 74.6 percent of low-income students graduated, compered to 89 percent of non-low-income students—a 14.4 percentage point gap.

The American Graduate video below explores why many low-income students drop out of high school — “because they don’t see hope” — and points out the impact of dropping out: without a high school diploma, youth are twice as likely to hold a minimum-wage job.

The video also introduces Charlie Bean, a “dropout recruiter” who has turned more than 100 dropouts into graduates.


American Graduate is a public media initiative to improve high school graduation rates by communicating the challenges of the dropout crisis and joining forces with partner organizations, schools, and mentors to support community-driven solutions. For more on keeping students on the path to a high school diploma, college, and successful careers, visit AmericanGraduate.org.


American Graduate is supported by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, a national partner of America’s Promise Alliance.


SOURCE: America’s Promise Alliance

Retrieved on February 12, 2016

SOURCE LOCATION: Education In America: The Low Income Gap

For more information, visit AmericasPromise.org

2016 Building a Grad Nation Data Brief


The Building a Grad Nation Data Brief highlights state high school graduation rate trends, with a focus on the graduation rates for key groups of students. For the first time, the Data Brief includes 50 state reports detailing graduation rate progress. A precursor to the annual Building a Grad Nation Report, the Data Brief is co-authored by Civic Enterprises and the Everyone Graduates Center at Johns Hopkins University School of Education in partnership with America’s Promise Alliance and the Alliance for Excellent Education.

Release Date: 01/21/16



Continuing a nearly decade-long upward trend, the nation’s on-time high school graduation rate hit a record high of 82.3 percent for the Class of 2014. This is a tremendous milestone.

But two issues mar the achievement. First, for the first time in four years, the nation is not on track to reach its goal of a 90 percent on-time graduation rate by 2020. The rate needs to increase by 1.3 percentage points to remain on track; this year’s increase was .9 percentage points.

Second, in spite of significant increases for some groups, the nation continues to suffer from severe gaps in graduation rates affecting students of color, students from low-income families, students with disabilities and English-language learners.

  • 33 states graduate less than 70 percent of their students with disabilities; seven of those states graduate less than 50 percent of students with disabilities.
  • 11 states graduate less than 70 percent of Hispanic/Latino students.
  • 17 states graduate less than 70 percent of African American students.
  • 16 states graduate less than 70 percent of low-income students. In those states, researchers estimate that nearly 191,000 low-income students did not graduate on time with a regular diploma.
  • 35 states graduate less than 70 percent of English-language learners; seven of those states have ELL graduation rates under 50 percent.
  • 10 states graduate less than 70 percent of all five subgroups. They are Colorado, Georgia, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oregon, and Washington.

The Data Brief keeps pace with the release of graduation rate data by the National Center for Education Statistics and lays a foundation for the more comprehensive analysis in the annual Building a Grad Nation Report to be published in spring 2016.

To view the full report, please visit the site!

SOURCE: GradNation

Retrieved on January 22, 2016

SOURCE LOCATION: Grad Nation Data Brief

For more information, visit GradNation.org

2016 Virtual Dropout Conference


The Dropout Team at the Region 10 ESC is pleased to announce that we are hosting our first virtual conference!  The 2016 Virtual Dropout Conference will be held on May 19, 2016 and participants will have the option of engaging in three strands (elementary school, middle school, and high school).  The opening session will begin at 8:30 am and the final session will conclude at 5:00 pm.  As this is a virtual conference, you can choose to participate online the entire day or check in for specific sessions of your interest.  Spend the day with us learning new strategies for the identification, prevention, and recovery of students who are considering leaving or have left the education system.  Additional topics will include legal mandates, meeting the social and emotional needs of students identified as ‘high risk’, alternative education options, foster care education, homeless education, and Career and Technical Education.  More information will be released here and on the dropout webpage (www.region10.org/dropout) with a flier to follow in January.  Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credits will be made available.

For your perusal, the Save the Date advertisement is as follows:

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We are excited about the upcoming conference and look forward to the dialogue that will occur!  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us! :)

Webinar: Solutions to the Dropout Crisis

“Capacity Building: STEM to STEAM in South Carolina”

November 10, 2015                                                                            3:30–4:30 PM ET

Despite an increase in undergraduate STEM majors, students are not choosing STEM careers. Instead, they are selecting more “transdisciplinary” fields that include the arts. Drs. Cassie Quigley and Danielle Herro discuss an innovative educational practice called STEAM (where “A” represents the arts). STEAM efforts can begin in elementary school and can help students see the creative and imaginative parts of STEM. STEAM is working to increase the participation of South Carolinians in STEM fields.

“Capacity Building: STEM to STEAM in South Carolina” focuses on:

  • the importance of deepening the content knowledge of teachers, parents, caregivers, and business partners, and why they are all invested in the success of building the STEAM Ecosystem;
  • how underserved and high-needs school districts will be incorporated into STEAM to ensure that the workforce reflects the state’s changing demographics; and
  • how the initiative will create the nation’s first STEAM Teaching Endorsement.


Link here on the day of the broadcast to join us for this program. Viewing this webcast is free and no registration is required. Tune in the second Tuesday of each month at 3:30 PM ET for new Solutions to the Dropout Crisis.


SOURCE: National Dropout Prevention Center/Network

Retrieved on November 5, 2015.

SOURCE LOCATION: Solutions to the Dropout Crisis

For more information, visit National Dropout Prevention Center/Network.

New Data Show a Decline in School-Based Bullying


Contact:   Press Office, (202) 401-1576, press@ed.gov

“As schools become safer, students are better able to thrive academically and socially,” U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said. “The Department, along with our federal partners and others, has been deeply involved in the fight against bullying in our nation’s schools. Even though we’ve come a long way over the past few years in educating the public about the health and educational impacts that bullying can have on students, we still have more work to do to ensure the safety of our nation’s children.”

“The report brings welcome news,” U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell said. “Parents, teachers, health providers, community members and young people are clearly making a difference by taking action and sending the message that bullying is not acceptable. We will continue to do our part at HHS to help ensure every child has the opportunity to live, learn and grow in a community free of bullying.”

In 2011, the President and First Lady hosted the first White House Conference on Bullying Prevention where they called for a united effort to address bullying. As the President declared then, “Bullying can have destructive consequences for our young people. And it’s not something we have to accept. As parents and students; teachers and communities, we can take steps that will help prevent bullying and create a climate in our schools in which all of our children can feel safe.” To address the scourge of bullying, the federal government has implemented a suite of executive and public-private partnerships that are helping move to move the needle and reduce incidences of bullying.


To view the full article visit the October 2015 National News blog page!


ARTICLE SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education

Original Publication Date: May 15, 2015

Retrieved on October 15, 2015.

SOURCE LOCATION: http://www.ed.gov/news/press-releases/new-data-show-decline-school-based-bullying


VIDEO SOURCE: StopBullying.gov

Retrieved on October 15, 2015.

SOURCE LOCATION: http://www.stopbullying.gov/videos/2013/04/stand-up.html#playlist=p1774


Help Wanted: 11 Million College Grads


This spring more than 2 million students across the US are doing something I’ve never done. They’re graduating from college.

That’s an achievement we should all celebrate. Although I dropped out of college and got lucky pursuing a career in software, getting a degree is a much surer path to success.

College graduates are more likely to find a rewarding job, earn higher income, and even, evidence shows, live healthier lives than if they didn’t have degrees. They also bring training and skills into America’s workforce, helping our economy grow and stay competitive. That benefits everyone.

It’s just too bad that we’re not producing more of them.

As the class of 2015 prepares to join the workforce, what many people may not realize is that America is facing a shortage of college graduates.

 By 2025, two thirds of all jobs in the US will require education beyond high school.

That may not seem possible, especially for any graduate who is unemployed or underemployed. But here are the numbers: By 2025, two thirds of all jobs in the US will require education beyond high school. (That includes two-year and four-year college degrees as well as postsecondary certificates.) At the current rate the US is producing college graduates, however, the country is expected to face a shortfall of 11 million skilled workers to fill those roles over the next 10 years, according to a new study by Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce.

I’ve had a couple chances to talk about this skills gap with Cheryl Hyman, the chancellor of the City Colleges of Chicago. We first met over dinner with a number of education leaders last year, and I was really impressed with her accomplishments. Raised in poverty in Chicago’s housing projects, she got a college degree in computer science, worked her way to the top of a Fortune 500 company, and is now one of the most innovative leaders in higher education. Since taking the job in 2010, she’s doubled City Colleges’s graduation rate.

After our initial dinner, Cheryl kindly agreed to come out to my office so we could continue the conversation:


To view the full article visit the June 2015 National News blog page!


SOURCE: GatesNotes: The Blog of Bill Gates

Retrieved on June 5, 2015.

SOURCE LOCATION: http://www.gatesnotes.com/Education/11-Million-College-Grads?WT.mc_id=06_03_2015_11MCollegeGrads_BMGFTW&WT.tsrc=Twitter

For more information, visit gatesnotes.com/Education.

The 2015 National Dropout Prevention Network Conference


The National Dropout Prevention Network (NDPN), in partnership with Texas A&M University-San Antonio, Texas Education Agency, Texas Association of School Administrators, Texas School Safety Center at Texas State University, Texas Juvenile Justice Department, Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, Texas Department of State Health Services, Northeast Independent School District, Texas Education Service Center-Region 20, and the Texas Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents, would like to invite you to register to attend the 2015 National Dropout Prevention Network Conference, TAKE A STAND For Student Success! This year’s conference is designed to enhance the leadership skills of all adults who are seeking to strengthen interventions among school, community, and families especially those in at-risk situations.



EVENT: 2015 Annual National Dropout Prevention Network Conference

DATE: October 25 – 28, 2015

LOCATION: Wyndham San Antonio Riverwalk, San Antonio, Texas

WANT MORE INFORMATION? Visit the National Prevention Network website! 

Texas’ Graduation Rates Shine in National Comparison


TEA News Releases Online                                                                          April 29, 2014

Texas’ high school graduation rates shine in national comparison

AUSTIN – In a study released this week by the U.S. Department of Education, only Iowa posted a higher graduation rate than Texas for the Class of 2012. Texas, with a graduation rate of 88 percent, tied for second place with Nebraska, Vermont and Wisconsin.

In addition, the Texas Class of 2012 had the highest graduation rate in the country among African-American students and tied for the highest graduation rates for white and economically disadvantaged students.

According to the First Look report from the National Center for Education Statistics, the national high school graduation rate hit 79 percent for the class of 2011 and 80 percent for the class of 2012. Commissioner of Education Michael Williams noted that Texas’ overall graduation rate for both classes easily exceeded the national averages.

“Texas educators continue to be among the leaders in assuring students reach the finish line and are prepared for life after high school,” said Commissioner Williams. “While these numbers reflect the hard work accomplished on campuses all across our state, I have no doubt teachers and counselors would agree there is more we can do to help every student earn their high school diploma.”

To view the full article visit the April 2015 National News blog page!

SOURCE: The Texas Education Agency

Retrieved on April 30, 2015

SOURCE LOCATION: http://tea.texas.gov/About_TEA/News_and_Multimedia/Press_Releases/2014/Texas__high_school_graduation_rates_shine_in_national_comparison/