Advancement Project: Ending the Schoolhouse to Jailhouse Track: Web Site and 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.
American Civil Liberties Union of Connecticut
The American Civil Liberties Union of Connecticut (ACLU-CT) is a nonpartisan, nonprofit membership organization whose mission is to ensure that the Bill of Rights and the rights guaranteed by the Connecticut Constitution are preserved for each new generation. The ACLU-CT accomplishes these goals through legislative advocacy, litigation, grassroots organizing, and public education. One area of focus is students’ rights and the school-to-prison pipeline.
Center for Children’s Advocacy
The Center for Children’s Advocacy is committed to fighting for the legal rights of Connecticut’s most vulnerable children across a number of important issues, including truancy and juvenile justice reform. The Center’s Truancy Court Prevention Project (TCPP) works to reduce the high dropout rate in some of the poorest schools in Hartford and Bridgeport. In addition, the TeamChild Juvenile Justice Project provides individual legal representation for children involved in the juvenile justice system; it helps with educational support, special education needs, school discipline, and access to mental health care.
Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning: SEL in Your State
Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) and the University of Illinois at Chicago Social Emotional Learning Research Group are conducting a review of educational standards related to social and emotional learning (SEL) from preschool to high school in all 50 States and the six Territories to understand whether and how States currently address SEL in their learning standards. This Web site presents the findings from the review by State and grade level. The preliminary findings from the first year of this 2-year project, State Scan of Social and Emotional Learning Standards, Preschool through High School, is also available for download.
Connecticut Appleseed is a statewide, nonpartisan organization seeking solutions for the causes, rather than the symptoms, of Connecticut’s social problems by mobilizing the skills and resources of pro bono lawyers and other professionals. Connecticut Appleseed’s programs include a focus on both improving school discipline and reducing bullying.
Connecticut Center for Effective Practice (CCEP)
CCEP is a division of the Child Health and Development Institute that focuses on improving mental health care for children across Connecticut. CCEP coordinates implementation of a number of initiatives to address youth mental health.
Connecticut State Department of Education
The Connecticut State Department of Education Web site lists a number of resources related to school discipline, school clate, and behavior management, including the resources listed below.
- Bullying and Harassment
This Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE) Web page provides links to resources explaining existing legislation concerning bullying; contact information for bullying complaints; and a directory of anti-bullying programs relevant to elementary, middle, or high school students.
- Resources on Bullying
This page on the CSDE Web site links to resources on bullying and school climate for both educators and parents.
- School Climate
This page on the CSDE Web site links to resources on school climate.
- Guidelines for In-School and Out-of-School Suspensions
This document was updated in 2010 to help school administrators and school boards determine whether suspension should be in school or out of school. The focus is on finding ways to keep students connected to school by placing them in programs designed to keep them learning while holding them accountable for improper behavior.
- Guidelines for a Coordinated Approach to School Health: Addressing the Physical, Social, and Emotional Health Needs of the School Community
(2007) Connecticut State Department of Education, Bureau of Health/Nutrition, Family Services and Adult Education
This document offers guidance to local education agencies on issues of school connectedness and school climate.
Dignity in Schools Campaign: Resources on Your State: Connecticut
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: Connecticut
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: Connecticut
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.