Alabama Resources

Alabama Resources

Federal Resources for Alabama

Technical Assistance Center on Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports (PBIS) State Network: Alabama

Established by the Office of Special Education Programs at the U.S. Department of Education, the Technical Assistance (TA) Center on PBIS is charged with providing schools capacity-building information and TA for identifying, adapting, and sustaining effective schoolwide disciplinary practices. This page of the Center’s Web site includes contact information for Alabama’s PBIS coordinators and facilitators and its designated TA Center partner.

 

State Resources for Alabama

Advancement Project: Ending the Schoolhouse to Jailhouse Track: State Map

Advancement Project works at both the national level and with grassroots organizations nationwide to examine, expose, and reform practices that lead to the criminalization of students. It also works to build capacity for community-led work and build bridges among those working to end the school-to-prison pipeline. This map presents State-based activities, resources, and news related to the school-to-prison pipeline.


 


Alabama Department of Education

The Alabama Department of Education Web site provides information and resources on school discipline in Alabama.


  • Prevention and Support Services

    Prevention and Support Services has the responsibility of providing technical assistance to school and school system personnel in a number of areas including discipline and school safety.  Using the dropdown menu provided, users can gain access to publications related to school discipline, school safety, dropout prevention, and other related topics.

     
  • Special Education

    Special Education Services provides technical assistance to all education agencies serving Alabama’s gifted children as well as children with disabilities. This Web site provides access to publications related to discipline and behavior management for students who are receiving special education services.

     
  • Alabama's Safe Schools Hotline

    The Safe Schools Hotline 1–888–SAV–KIDS (1–888–728–5437) provides students and adults a way to alert officials anonymously with information and tips regarding potential incidents of school violence 24 hours a day. The statewide Safe Schools Hotline is operated by the Alabama Department of Public Safety’s Missing and Exploited Children’s Unit.

     
  • School Incident Report (SIR) Resource Guide: Overview and Major Reporting Elements

    This document provides an overview and major reporting elements of the Alabama School Incident Report (SIR) program. The program provides a framework for Alabama public schools and school systems to: (1) collect school safety and discipline information in a uniform manner: (2) prepare annual accountability reports; and (3) track and report to the State Department of Education offenses that are violations of the law or represent a serious breach of local board of education policy.

 


Alabama Positive Behavior Support  Center

The Alabama Positive Behavior Support (PBS) Center works toward scaling up PBS across the state of Alabama by providing professional development for school districts, developing PBS course material to train teachers and administrators, and seeking opportunities to collaborate further with organizations to support and sustain the implementation of PBS.


 


Alabama Safe Schools Coalition

The Alabama Safe Schools Coalition (ASSC) comprises organizations and individuals committed to ensuring that Alabama schools are safe learning environments where all students are free from discrimination, harassment, and violence. The ASSC provides resources (e.g., manuals and toolkits) and advocates the creation and implementation of comprehensive and inclusive nondiscrimination and anti-bullying policies protecting all students, including sexual minority youth.


 


Alabama Center for Dispute Resolution Peer Mediation Resources

The Alabama Center for Dispute Resolution, Inc., is a nonprofit corporation organized to develop, implement, administer, assist, and manage alternative dispute resolution programs in the courts, neighborhoods, educational facilities, and government agencies within the State of Alabama. The Center Web site includes resources on restorative justice and peer mediation.


 


Character Education Partnership: Alabama

Character Education Partnership (CEP) is a national advocate for the character education movement. This site provides information about character education efforts in Alabama, including links to State Schools of Character (SSOC)—schools identified as having reached a standard of excellence within their States in the area of character development, information for those interested in applying to become an SSOC, and contact information for the State’s character education coordinator.


 


Dignity in Schools Campaign: Resources on Your State: Alabama

This Web site includes resources, by State, that the Dignity in Schools Campaign (DSC) has been collecting for stakeholders. For some States, the Web site includes information on suspension and the pipeline to prison, as well as parent advocacy guides related to student pushout.


 


National Center for School Engagement Truancy Program Registry

The National Center for School Engagement provides a registry of truancy reduction programs by State, and includes detailed information about each program including contact information and evidence of effectiveness. Searches can also be narrowed by keywords, grade level, evidence of effectiveness, and more.


 


National Center on Response to Intervention: RTI State Database: Alabama

Response to Intervention (RTI) integrates assessment and interventions to maximize student achievement and reduce behavior problems. This database provides locally-developed (by States, territories, or districts) resources on a number of topics related to RTI, including behavior management, disproportionality, and cultural and linguistic competence. The resources, which range from policy documents and briefs to trainings and tools, are provided in an effort to share examples and information across States. Site visitors can search the database by State, topic (e.g., disproportionality, cultural and linguistic diversity), grade level, resource type, and/or audience.


 


National School Climate Center: School Climate Policies and Laws Database: Alabama

This database contains information about laws and policies designed to address school climate and bullying prevention in each State. From this database, users can generate profiles of State policies for school climate and bullying prevention efforts, and view reports on State policies on these two issues.


 


Southern Poverty Law Center: Children at Risk Initiative - Alabama

Based in Montgomery, this  initiative targets harsh school discipline policies that criminalize ordinary student misbehavior. The SPLC also works to ensure that students receive the educational services in school required by law and works with parents and local groups throughout Alabama to help parents understand their legal rights when it comes to their children’s education.  SPLC has also published a report that describes strategies for reducing student and teacher dropout rates through effective discipline practices.

Local Resources for Alabama

Birmingham City Schools
The Birmingham City School System provides information and resources on school discipline in Birmingham, AL.

  • Collaborative Agreement, Birmingham City Schools Collaborative
    This collaborative agreement between Birmingham City Schools, the Birmingham Police Department, the Jefferson County Family Court, and the Jefferson County District Attorney's Office establishes a cooperative relationship between community agencies involved in handling juveniles who are alleged to have committed a delinquent act over which the school may have disciplinary power. The document describes the terms of the agreement between members of the Collaborative as well as the graduated response procedures for minor school-based offenses.

 

Reference Guide for Parents to Seclusion and Restraint in Alabama Schools

ALABAMA DISABILITIES ADVOCACY PROGRAM

This article provides information for parents of children with disabilities on the use of seclusion and restraint in Alabama schools. The purpose of the guide is to provide parents with information on what their and their child’s rights are as they relate to school discipline so that parents can effectively advocate for those rights. 

National Leadership Summit on School–Justice Partnerships: Keeping Kids In School and Out of Court State Resources: Alabama

This summit (held in March 2012) brought together justice system and school system leaders from across the Nation with the objective of working collaboratively to find ways to prevent children's involvement in the justice system and, for children who do get involved, to prevent additional encounters. This Web site houses State data and resources related to school discipline in Alabama.