Blog: Positive Approaches

Interview With Deputy Commissioner Kevin Bethel: The Philadelphia School Diversion Program

Kevin J. Bethel is a Deputy Police Commissioner in the Philadelphia Police Department, the 4th largest police department in the nation with 6,600 sworn personnel.  He is presently in charge of Patrol Operations for the entire city.  As part of his duties he oversees 21 Patrol Districts, Neighborhood Services Unit, Philadelphia School District Police, Police Athletic League and Community Relations Unit.

Protecting Childhood: A Blueprint for Developmentally Appropriate School Policing in Virginia

School security personnel are increasingly commonplace in Virginia’s public schools. There are two types. School resource officers (SROs) are certified law enforcement officers who are typically employed by local law enforcement agencies and assigned to provide coverage to public schools. School security officers (SSOs) are individuals employed by school divisions to maintain order and discipline in their assigned schools. To date, little analysis of school policing in the Commonwealth exists. This report aims to change that.

Reflections on Anne Arundel County Public Schools' Supportive School Discipline Reform Journey

Dr. Shawn Ashworth has served in Anne Arundel County for more than 15 years as a school counselor, assistant principal, and pupil personnel worker; as Special Assistant for Discipline, Principal of Arundel Middle School and J. Albert Adams Academy, and Senior Manager of Discipline & Disproportionality in the Office of Equity and Human Relations. Dr. Ashworth currently works in the Office of Safe and Orderly Schools as a program specialist for discipline.

No Quick Fixes or Simple Solutions

Today, the American Institutes for Research (AIR) launches the National Clearinghouse on Supportive School Discipline (NCSSD) website to support educational practitioners in their efforts to transform the conditions contributing to tragic school shootings as well as harsh, exclusionary and disproportionate disciplinary practices.

Federal Agencies Promote Supportive School Discipline in Webinar Series

Each year, more than 3 million students are suspended from school for disciplinary reasons, the majority of whom are African American and/or students with a disability. Many students are suspended multiple times in the school year, and many of those suspensions are a result of the discretion of school staff.

Transparent Reporting of School Discipline Data Yields Positive Improvements in our Nation's Capital

School suspension and expulsion rates are down in Washington, DC public charter schools nine months after DC Public Schools, DC Public Charter School Board, the Office of the Deputy Mayor of Education, and the Office of the State Superintendent of Education jointly released first ever equity reports.