National Resources

Conditions for Learning

  • Advancing School Discipline Reform

    During the past two decades, there has been an increase in exclusionary and punitive discipline in US schools. Th ese disciplinary approaches have been discriminatory in their impacts and have failed to improve school safety. Although there is broad agreement that creating safe, orderly schools is critical to student success, there has not yet been an equally widespread shift toward instituting discipline practices that actually work.

  • AIR Conditions for Learning Surveys

    Since 2004, the American Institutes for Research (AIR) has been engaged in promoting the measurement of conditions for learning (CFL) in schools and the use of resultant data as part of a larger effort to improve and monitor school climate. AIR;s conditions for learning surveys for grades 2-4, 5-8 and 9-12 can help schools monitor student perspectives on school climate as well as measure the impact of school and district school discipline reforms. AIR‘s development of a school-based survey is one part of a comprehensive program to identify, measure, and report on school conditions that foster and promote student academic success and achievement. The survey can be used along with surveys of teachers, other staff, and partners, and in coordination with the collection of qualitative data, such as classroom observations and focus groups, to provide additional understanding of a school’s strengths and needs for improvement.

    Guidelines for Using AIR’s Conditions for Learning Scales (PDF)

    AIR CFL Survey: Grades 2- 4 (Word)

    AIR CFL Survey: Grades 5 - 8 (Word)

    AIR CFL Survey: Grades 9 - 12 (Word)

  • Alliance for Excellent Education

    The Alliance for Educational Justice is a national collective of 30 intergenerational and youth organizing groups across the nation.  The alliance works to campaign and support school safety and success. 

  • America's Promise Alliance

    The America’s Promise Alliance website includes resources and tools designed to address the dropout crisis and promote all students’ educational success. 

  • American Clearinghouse on Educational Facilities (ACEF)

    The U.S. Department of Education-funded ACEF provides the educational community with a reliable resource for planning facilities projects. The website housesresources on school safety and security

  • American Federation of Teachers (AFT)

    The AFT Web site includes resources on school discipline and safety, including six essential elements to ensure school safety, and resources for developing safe, secure and welcoming school environments  

  • American Institutes for Research (AIR)

    AIR is one of the world's largest behavioral and social science research organizations. AIR has a number of resources on social development, conditions for learning 

  • Annenberg Institute for School Reform

    The Annenberg Institute has developed a new framework that focuses its work on three crucial issues in education reform today: school transformation, college and career readiness, and expanded learning time

  • Association for Middle Level Education

    The Association for Middle Level Education (AMLE) website includes resources related to Bullying and School Safety, Classroom Management, and School Culture/Climate.

  • Atlantic Philanthropies

    For 30 years, Atlantic Philanthropies has made grants to advance opportunity and lasting change for those who are unfairly disadvantaged or vulnerable to life's circumstances. Atlantic Philanthropies has awarded numerous projects related to school discipline, and its website provides resources (e.g., briefs, research reports) on keeping kids safe, in school, and on the path to success. 

  • Black Lives Matter: The Schott 50 State Report on Public Education and Black Males

    The Schott Foundation for Public Education released its annual report on national data on the four-year graduation rates for Black males compared to other sub-groups; 15% of Black males received out-of-school suspensions, compared to 7% of Latino males and 5% of White males.
     

  • Center for Effective Collaboration and Practice (CECP)

    The CECP supports national preparedness to foster the development of children with serious emotional disturbance. The website offers resources related to school safety and school improvement

  • Center on Great Teachers and Leaders

    The Center on Great Teachers and Leaders (GTL Center) is dedicated to supporting state education leaders in their efforts to grow, respect, and retain great teachers and leaders for all students. The GTL Center continues the work of the National Comprehensive Center for Teacher Quality (TQ Center) and expands its focus to provide technical assistance and online resources.

  • Character Education Partnership (CEP)

    CEP focuses on defining and encouraging effective practices and approaches to quality character education and provides a forum for the exchange of ideas.

  • Children’s Defense Fund (CDF)

    The Children's Defense Fund (CDF) is a nonprofit, child advocacy organization that works to ensure a level playing field for all children. CDF's vision with its Cradle to Prison Pipeline campaign is to reduce detention and incarceration by increasing preventive supports and services children need, such as access to quality early childhood development and education services and accessible, comprehensive health and mental health coverage. 

  • Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Trauma in Schools (CBITS)

    The CBITS program is a school-based, group and individual intervention designed to reduce symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, and behavioral problems and improve functioning, grades, and attendance; peer and parent support; and coping skills. Free online training and materials are available on its website.

  • Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL)

    CASEL’s mission is to establish social and emotional learning (SEL) as an essential part of education. Resources provided by CASEL include information on policies, research, strategies, and tools such as a Practice Rubric for Schoolwide SEL Implementation, SEL Implementation Guide and Toolkit, and a SEL School Self-Assessment Guide.  

  • Community Matters

    Community Matters is an  organization committed to improving the social-emotional climate of our Nation's schools and communities. The organization’s Web site has resources on social-emotional learning and school climate, such as a Suspension Cost and Loss Calculator and a School Climate Survey

  • Conditions for Learning Coalition

    The Conditions for Learning Coalition is an education and advocacy coalition with the goal of increasing Federal investments in proven programs that improve conditions for learning through measurement and program implementation, so that all students have the opportunity to achieve academic success. 

  • Council of Educational Facility Planners International (CEFPI)

    CEFPI is a worldwide professional nonprofit association whose sole mission is to improve the places where children learn. This website includes resources related to school climate and safety, including a “Safe Schools: A Best Practices Guide.” 

  • Dignity in Schools

    The Dignity in Schools Campaign (DSC) website includes a searchable database of research on pushout, school discipline, and positive alternatives, specific resources for youth, parents and educators, and information about DSC’s active campaign projects.

  • Education Commission of the States

    The Education Commission of the States (ECS) website features State-specific resources such as databases on such issues as school safety, expulsion and suspension, bullying prevention and conflict resolution, and corporal punishment in schools.   

  • Education Northwest

    Education Northwest conducts more than 200 projects annually, working with schools, districts, and communities nationwide on comprehensive, research-based solutions to the challenges they face such as school climate, behavior and bullying.   

  • Education not Incarceration: A Conceptual Model for Reducing Racial and Ethnic Disproportionality in School Discipline

    Among the most significant failings of the legal system for children is the extension of its retribution- and incapacitation-based criminal justice policies and practices to schools.
  • Education Week’s Quality Counts Report: Code of Conduct: Safety, Discipline, and School Climate

    The 2013 online edition includes stories, multimedia features and data on school discipline, safety, and climate.

  • Edutopia

    Through its Edutopia Web site the George Lucas Educational Foundation provides numerous resources on school climate and social and emotional learning. Edutopia also provides free resources  available for download on iTunes. 

  • Federal Compendium of School Discipline Laws and Regulations

    This Compendium is designed to help state and local policymakers as well as school-level personnel better understand the current school discipline practices in our country.  It provides information on school discipline laws and administrative regulations for each of the 50 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico effective as of May 2013.

  • Find Youth Info

    This Web site provides interactive tools and other resources to help youth-serving organizations and community partnerships plan, implement, and participate in effective programs for youth.

  • International Association of Chiefs of Police (ICAP)

    ICAP is an organization that serves as the professional voice of law enforcement. ICAP developed four online courses that address school safety: Safe Schools: Assessing School Safety, Safe Schools: Forming Your Safe School Planning Team, Safe Schools: Preparing for a School Crisis, and Safe Schools: Responding to a School Crisis.

  • National Association of School Psychologists

    The National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) empowers school psychologists by advancing effective practices to improve students’ learning, behavior, and mental health. The NASP Web site provides school safety and crisis resources

  • National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE)

    NASBE has a School Discipline project and a Center for Safe and Healthy Schools, and provides a State school health policy database that lists State policies on issues such as emotional, social, and mental health education and injury and violence prevention. 

  • National Center on Response to Intervention (RTI) State Database

    This database provides locally developed (by States, territories, or districts) resources on topics related to RTI, including behavior, disproportionality, and cultural and linguistic competence. Resources range from policy documents and briefs to trainings and tools.

  • National Center on Safe Supportive Learning Environments (NCSSLE)

    National Center on Safe Supportive Learning Environments (NCSSLE) provides training and technical assistance to a variety of stakeholders (e.g. state administrators, district and school administrators, teachers, communities and families) to improve conditions for learning. 

  • National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities (NCEF)

    The NCEF Web site provides resources on school safety such as checklists and interactive videos. Please note that due to lack of funding NCEF is currently available only as an archived Web site. 

  • National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ)

    The NCJFCJ provides the resources, knowledge, and training to improve the lives of families and children seeking justice. The NCJFCJ website provides resources for trainings, technical assistance and toolkits. 

  • National Education Association (NEA)

    NEA’s Web site includes resources on classroom management and school safety.  

  • National Evaluation and Technical Assistance Center for the Education of Children and Youth Who Are Neglected, Delinquent, or At Risk (NDTAC)

    NDTAC serves as a national resource center to provide direct assistance to States, schools, communities, and parents seeking information on the education of children and youth who are considered neglected, delinquent, or at risk. The Center’s Web site includes information on their Supportive School Discipline Initiative and on safe and supportive learning environments

  • National Network for Safe and Healthy Students

    The National Network provides its members with opportunities to network and share resources and knowledge focused on a number of topics including, school climate and bullying and violence prevention.

  • National Resource Center for Mental Health Promotion and Youth Violence Prevention

    The National Resource Center for Mental Health Promotion and Youth Violence Prevention offers resources and technical assistance to states and local communities to come together to prevent youth violence. 

  • National School Boards Association (NSBA)

    NSBA addresses several issues including school safety and security and provides resources and links to Web sites on school safety and school suspension.  

  • National School Climate Center (NSCC)

    NSCC offers a variety of professional development programs and services to K–12 schools, after-school settings, educators, parent advocate groups, and states to support sustained school climate improvement efforts.

  • National School Safety Center (NSSC)

    NSSC provides school communities and their school safety partners with information, resources, consultation, and training services that support safe schools for all students.

  • NCSSD Conditions for Learning School Audit Tool to Address Discipline Disparities

    The National Clearinghouse on Supportive School Discipline (NCSSD) Conditions for Learning School Audit tool offers district, school, parent and community group leaders an easy-to-use checklist to determine where their educational setting sits along a continuum of conditions for learning—from a highly negative and punitive school climate to a highly positive and supportive learning environment—based on objective, observable, and research-based criteria.

    You can view and download the Audit Tool in its entirety below. 

     

  • Now or Never: The Fight for the Millennial Generation

    The Funders’ Collaborative on Youth Organizing released a new research report on the youth civic engagement ecosystem in the current political landscape and offers recommendations, one of which includes identifying youth-focused strategic initiatives such as those successful efforts focusing on school discipline reform. 

  • Safe & Civil Schools

    Safe & Civil Schools provides programs and staff development services to help K–12 educators create positive school environments that are emotionally and physically safe and that foster independence, integrity, confidence, self-control, kindness, and responsibility.

  • The Just and Fair Schools Fund (JFSF)

    JFSF invests $3.8 million in grants to 34 community organizations winning critical reform of harsh school discipline and aggressive school policing. 

  • The School Discipline Consensus Report

    This report, produced by the Council of State Governments Justice Center, presents a comprehensive set of consensus-based and field-driven recommendations to improve conditions for learning for all students and educators, better support students with behavioral needs, improve police-schools partnerships, and keep students out of the juvenile justice system for minor offenses.

  • U.S. Department of Education Safe and Drug Free Schools Resources

    This Web site provides a link to resources to help families, students, and schools learn about and find support for school safety issues.

  • U.S. Department of Education's Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools Technical Assistance Center (REMS)

    The REMS Technical Assistance Center's primary goal is to support schools, school districts, and institutions of higher education in school emergency management. The REMS Web site includes a resource repository with various school safety resources. 

  • U.S. Department of Homeland Security School Safety Webpage

    To enhance school safety, the Department of Homeland Security offers funding, training, and resources for efforts to improve school safety and emergency preparedness. 

  • U.S. Department of Justice Office of Justice Programs

    OJP works in partnership with the justice community to identify the most pressing crime-related challenges confronting the justice system and to provide information, training, coordination, and innovative strategies and approaches for addressing these challenges OJP’s safer schools webpage provides resources on school safety. 

  • U.S. Office for Victims of Crime

    OVC provides an online directory of State services that assist children and families who are victims of crime. In addition, the OVC has a Webpage dedicated to resources on school-related crimes and crisis response

  • University of Virginia The Center for Advanced Study of Teaching and Learning

    The Center for Advanced Study of Teaching and Learning is an interdisciplinary center that provides leadership on effective teaching and learning. 

Discipline Disparities

  • Addressing the Root Causes of Disparities in School Discipline

    Developed by the National Center on Safe Supportive Learning Environments, this guide provides tools to assess and systematically address disparities in school discipline. It describes how to carry out a descriptive analysis of disparities in school discipline and how to conduct a root cause analysis to systematically address school-based factors that contribute to disparities. These analyses should result in an actionable understanding of who is being disparately disciplined and what is happening to them, the systemic causes of disparities in school discipline and why they occur, and how you can reduce and eliminate disparities in school discipline. The guide offers a suite of resources including but not limited to a discipline data checklist, data mining decision tree tip sheet, a disciplinary disparities risk assessment tool, an action plan template, and a root cause diagnostic tree.

     

  • Advancement Project

    Advancement Project website provides resources and tools such as a Movement Map that provides information about state-based efforts to dismantle the school-to-prison pipeline.

  • Are We Closing the School Discipline Gap?

    The Center for Civil Rights Remedies at the UCLA Civil Rights Project has compiled an unprecedented analysis of discipline data at elementary and secondary schools for every district in the nation, estimating 18 million days of lost instruction in just one year.  The report also provides companion spreadsheets enabling anyone to compare or analyze data from every district in the nation, with a simplified web tool available that allows visitors to compare -- through graphic depictions -- the elementary and secondary suspension rates for any two districts. 

  • Atlantic Philanthropies

    For 30 years, Atlantic Philanthropies has made grants to advance opportunity and lasting change for those who are unfairly disadvantaged or vulnerable to life's circumstances. Atlantic Philanthropies has awarded numerous projects related to school discipline, and its website provides resources (e.g., briefs, research reports) on keeping kids safe, in school, and on the path to success. 

  • Black Girls Matter: Pushed Out, Overpolicied and Underprotected

    Based on a new review of national data and personal interviews with young women in Boston and New York, this report notes that black girls were suspended six times more than white girls, while black boys were suspended three times as often as white boys.

  • Black Lives Matter: The Schott 50 State Report on Public Education and Black Males

    The Schott Foundation for Public Education released its annual report on national data on the four-year graduation rates for Black males compared to other sub-groups; 15% of Black males received out-of-school suspensions, compared to 7% of Latino males and 5% of White males.
     

  • Campaign for Youth Justice

    The Campaign for Youth Justice has a mission of ending the practice of trying, sentencing and incarcerating youth under the age of 18 in the adult criminal justice system. The website has a list of resources to support ending the pipeline to prison.

     

  • Center for Civil Rights Remedies

    The Civil Rights Project’s Center for Civil Rights Remedies (CCRR) is dedicated to improving educational opportunities and outcomes for students who are frequently subjected to exclusionary practices such as disciplinary removal, over-representation in special education, and reduced access to a college-bound curriculum by conducting new research and developing strategies and resources to address disparities for advocates, school administrators, legislators and policymakers, and the media.

  • Children’s Defense Fund (CDF)

    The Children's Defense Fund (CDF) is a nonprofit, child advocacy organization that works to ensure a level playing field for all children. CDF's vision with its Cradle to Prison Pipeline campaign is to reduce detention and incarceration by increasing preventive supports and services children need, such as access to quality early childhood development and education services and accessible, comprehensive health and mental health coverage. 

  • Coalition for Juvenile Justice

    The CJJ stays in front of emerging and pressing juvenile justice and delinquency prevention issues. The website offers useful national resources and news. 

  • Dignity in Schools

    The Dignity in Schools Campaign (DSC) website includes a searchable database of research on pushout, school discipline, and positive alternatives, specific resources for youth, parents and educators, and information about DSC’s active campaign projects.

  • Discipline Practices in Chicago Schools Trends in the Use of Suspensions and Arrests

     This report, the first in a series on discipline practices in CPS, provides an overview of the use of suspensions and arrests in Chicago schools and the degree to which practices have changed from 2008-09 to 2013-14.

  • Education Northwest

    Education Northwest conducts more than 200 projects annually, working with schools, districts, and communities nationwide on comprehensive, research-based solutions to the challenges they face such as school climate, behavior and bullying.   

  • Education not Incarceration: A Conceptual Model for Reducing Racial and Ethnic Disproportionality in School Discipline

    Among the most significant failings of the legal system for children is the extension of its retribution- and incapacitation-based criminal justice policies and practices to schools.
  • Education Week’s Quality Counts Report: Code of Conduct: Safety, Discipline, and School Climate

    The 2013 online edition includes stories, multimedia features and data on school discipline, safety, and climate.

  • Equity Project at Indiana University

    The Equity Project provides evidence-based information on school discipline, school violence, special education and equality of educational opportunity for all students. In addition, the project provides support and technical assistance to educational agencies seeking to create equitable school systems.

  • Models for Change

    Models for Change provide research-based tools and techniques to make juvenile justice more fair, effective, rational, and developmentally appropriate.

  • National Center for Juvenile Justice (NCJJ)

    NCJJ conducts and presents research, and offers technical assistance on issues related to juvenile justice.

  • National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ)

    The NCJFCJ provides the resources, knowledge, and training to improve the lives of families and children seeking justice. The NCJFCJ website provides resources for trainings, technical assistance and toolkits. 

  • NCSSD Conditions for Learning School Audit Tool to Address Discipline Disparities

    The National Clearinghouse on Supportive School Discipline (NCSSD) Conditions for Learning School Audit tool offers district, school, parent and community group leaders an easy-to-use checklist to determine where their educational setting sits along a continuum of conditions for learning—from a highly negative and punitive school climate to a highly positive and supportive learning environment—based on objective, observable, and research-based criteria.

    You can view and download the Audit Tool in its entirety below. 

     

  • Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP)

    OJJDP sponsors research, program, and training initiatives; develops priorities and goals and sets policies to guide Federal juvenile justice issues; disseminates information about juvenile justice issues; and awards funds to states to support local programming.

  • SchoolDisciplineData.org

  • The Civil Rights Project

    The Civil Rights Project provides research and a number of tools to support policy advocates, community leaders and parents in their efforts to advance the civil rights movement or seek remedies for particular issues like school discipline. 

  • The Equity Project at Indiana University

    The Equity Project provides evidence-based information on school discipline, school violence, special education and equality of educational opportunity for all students. In addition, the project provides support and technical assistance to educational agencies seeking to create equitable school systems. 

  • The School Discipline Consensus Report

    This report, produced by the Council of State Governments Justice Center, presents a comprehensive set of consensus-based and field-driven recommendations to improve conditions for learning for all students and educators, better support students with behavioral needs, improve police-schools partnerships, and keep students out of the juvenile justice system for minor offenses.

  • Unfair and Unequal Student Discipline in Vermont's Public Schools:

    This report contains four specific recommendations for policymakers to consider including: a change to state law to limit exclusionary discipline through the use of positive behavioral interventions; to allow students to continue to learn during periods of suspension; to strengthen students' constitutional and civil rights by providing due process; and to identify examples of programs that are working in Vermont by ensuring accurate and timely statewide data collection and publication. 

  • You Can’t Fix What You Don’t Look At: Acknowledging Race in Addressing Racial Discipline Disparities

    This Discipline Disparities Research to Practice Collaborative paper in the Discipline Disparities Series entitled, “You Can’t Fix What You Don’t Look At: Acknowledging Race in Addressing Racial Discipline Disparities”, highlights how our interactions across racial lines continue to yield differential outcomes in school discipline, with devastating consequences for many youth of color. Instead of avoiding the topic, the paper suggests giving schools specific recommendations for addressing the difficulties in tackling the racial dynamics in disparities in discipline.

Positive Approaches

  • Advancing School Discipline Reform

    During the past two decades, there has been an increase in exclusionary and punitive discipline in US schools. Th ese disciplinary approaches have been discriminatory in their impacts and have failed to improve school safety. Although there is broad agreement that creating safe, orderly schools is critical to student success, there has not yet been an equally widespread shift toward instituting discipline practices that actually work.

  • American Association for School Administrators (AASA)

    The AASA website provides resources, toolkits and publications for school system leaders at all levels. 

  • American Institutes for Research (AIR)

    AIR is one of the world's largest behavioral and social science research organizations. AIR has a number of resources on social development, conditions for learning 

  • Annenberg Institute for School Reform

    The Annenberg Institute has developed a new framework that focuses its work on three crucial issues in education reform today: school transformation, college and career readiness, and expanded learning time

  • Atlantic Philanthropies

    For 30 years, Atlantic Philanthropies has made grants to advance opportunity and lasting change for those who are unfairly disadvantaged or vulnerable to life's circumstances. Atlantic Philanthropies has awarded numerous projects related to school discipline, and its website provides resources (e.g., briefs, research reports) on keeping kids safe, in school, and on the path to success. 

  • Center for Effective Collaboration and Practice (CECP)

    The CECP supports national preparedness to foster the development of children with serious emotional disturbance. The website offers resources related to school safety and school improvement

  • Character Education Partnership (CEP)

    CEP focuses on defining and encouraging effective practices and approaches to quality character education and provides a forum for the exchange of ideas.

  • Children’s Defense Fund (CDF)

    The Children's Defense Fund (CDF) is a nonprofit, child advocacy organization that works to ensure a level playing field for all children. CDF's vision with its Cradle to Prison Pipeline campaign is to reduce detention and incarceration by increasing preventive supports and services children need, such as access to quality early childhood development and education services and accessible, comprehensive health and mental health coverage. 

  • Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Trauma in Schools (CBITS)

    The CBITS program is a school-based, group and individual intervention designed to reduce symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, and behavioral problems and improve functioning, grades, and attendance; peer and parent support; and coping skills. Free online training and materials are available on its website.

  • Dignity in Schools

    The Dignity in Schools Campaign (DSC) website includes a searchable database of research on pushout, school discipline, and positive alternatives, specific resources for youth, parents and educators, and information about DSC’s active campaign projects.

  • Education Northwest

    Education Northwest conducts more than 200 projects annually, working with schools, districts, and communities nationwide on comprehensive, research-based solutions to the challenges they face such as school climate, behavior and bullying.   

  • Education not Incarceration: A Conceptual Model for Reducing Racial and Ethnic Disproportionality in School Discipline

    Among the most significant failings of the legal system for children is the extension of its retribution- and incapacitation-based criminal justice policies and practices to schools.
  • Education Week’s Quality Counts Report: Code of Conduct: Safety, Discipline, and School Climate

    The 2013 online edition includes stories, multimedia features and data on school discipline, safety, and climate.

  • Federal Compendium of School Discipline Laws and Regulations

    This Compendium is designed to help state and local policymakers as well as school-level personnel better understand the current school discipline practices in our country.  It provides information on school discipline laws and administrative regulations for each of the 50 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico effective as of May 2013.

  • Find Youth Info

    This Web site provides interactive tools and other resources to help youth-serving organizations and community partnerships plan, implement, and participate in effective programs for youth.

  • Fostering Educational Success Report

    Public Counsel, a JFSF ally, released a report that reviewed Local Control Accountability Plans of the 64 California school districts with more than 150 foster youth enrolled, and found that few school districts developed goals or strategies specifically to help abused and neglected children improve attendance and avoid suspension, expulsion, and encounters with law enforcement on campus.

  • 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.

  • National Center on Safe Supportive Learning Environments (NCSSLE)

    National Center on Safe Supportive Learning Environments (NCSSLE) provides training and technical assistance to a variety of stakeholders (e.g. state administrators, district and school administrators, teachers, communities and families) to improve conditions for learning. 

  • National Community of Practice on School Behavioral Health

    The Community focuses on the nonacademic barriers to achievement by the collaborative work of diverse stakeholders to create a shared agenda across education, mental health, and families. 

  • National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ)

    The NCJFCJ provides the resources, knowledge, and training to improve the lives of families and children seeking justice. The NCJFCJ website provides resources for trainings, technical assistance and toolkits. 

  • National Education Association (NEA)

    NEA’s Web site includes resources on classroom management and school safety.  

  • National Evaluation and Technical Assistance Center for the Education of Children and Youth Who Are Neglected, Delinquent, or At Risk (NDTAC)

    NDTAC serves as a national resource center to provide direct assistance to States, schools, communities, and parents seeking information on the education of children and youth who are considered neglected, delinquent, or at risk. The Center’s Web site includes information on their Supportive School Discipline Initiative and on safe and supportive learning environments

  • National Registry of Evidence‐based Programs and Practices (NREPP)

    NREPP is a searchable online registry of mental health and substance abuse interventions. The registry is designed to assist the public in identifying scientifically based approaches to preventing and treating mental and/or substance use disorders.

  • National Resource Center for Mental Health Promotion and Youth Violence Prevention

    The National Resource Center for Mental Health Promotion and Youth Violence Prevention offers resources and technical assistance to states and local communities to come together to prevent youth violence. 

  • National School Climate Center (NSCC)

    NSCC offers a variety of professional development programs and services to K–12 schools, after-school settings, educators, parent advocate groups, and states to support sustained school climate improvement efforts.

  • Now or Never: The Fight for the Millennial Generation

    The Funders’ Collaborative on Youth Organizing released a new research report on the youth civic engagement ecosystem in the current political landscape and offers recommendations, one of which includes identifying youth-focused strategic initiatives such as those successful efforts focusing on school discipline reform. 

  • OSEP Technical Assistance Center on Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports

    The Center (1) provides technical assistance to encourage large-scale implementation of PBIS; (2) provides the organizational models, demonstrations, dissemination, and evaluation tools needed to implement PBIS with greater depth and fidelity across an extended array of contexts; and (3) extends the lessons learned from PBIS implementation to the broader agenda of educational reform.

  • RTI Action Network

    The RTI Action Network is dedicated to the effective implementation of Response to Intervention (RTI) in school districts nationwide. The network’s Web site has resources related to school-wide positive behavior support and response to intervention

  • RTI Wire

    The RTI Wire is a free online guide to Response to Intervention (RTI) resources. The Web site provides links to resources including Web sites, and intervention and data management tools. 

  • Schott Foundation for Public Education

    The Schott Foundation supports an "Opportunity to Learn" frame on educational policy, which focuses on ensuring that resources are provided for all students to have an equitable opportunity to learn and produce high achievement outcomes.

  • Southern Education Foundation

    The Southern Education Foundation works to advance creative solutions to ensure fairness and excellence in education for all; Through programs and strategies involving research, analysis, advocacy, technical assistance, and outreach.

  • Stone Lantern Films

    Stone Lantern Films is a non-profit corporation with a record of award-winning documentaries that have been shown around the world. SCHOOL: The story of American Public Education is a dramatic four-hour documentary series that chronicles the development of our nation’s public education system from Colonial times to the 21st century. 

  • Technical Assistance Center on Social Emotional Intervention for Young Children (TACSEI)

    TACSEI strives to ensure that decision makers, caregivers, and service providers receive training and support for the use of evidence-based practices to improve the social-emotional outcomes for young children with, or at risk for, delays or disabilities. The TACEI Web site has numerous resources related to behavior management, including “Teaching Tools for Young Children with Challenging Behavior.”

  • The Hatcher Group

    The Hatcher Group connects nonprofits and foundations to policymakers and the media. The organization focuses exclusively on progressive policy issues and works to advance agendas for social change.

  • The Just and Fair Schools Fund (JFSF)

    JFSF invests $3.8 million in grants to 34 community organizations winning critical reform of harsh school discipline and aggressive school policing. 

  • The School Discipline Consensus Report

    This report, produced by the Council of State Governments Justice Center, presents a comprehensive set of consensus-based and field-driven recommendations to improve conditions for learning for all students and educators, better support students with behavioral needs, improve police-schools partnerships, and keep students out of the juvenile justice system for minor offenses.

  • University of Chicago Consortium on Chicago School Research

    The University of Chicago Consortium on Chicago School Research builds the capacity for school reform by conducting research that identifies what matters for student success and school improvement. 

  • University of Virginia The Center for Advanced Study of Teaching and Learning

    The Center for Advanced Study of Teaching and Learning is an interdisciplinary center that provides leadership on effective teaching and learning. 

The Pipeline to Prison

  • Advancement Project

    Advancement Project website provides resources and tools such as a Movement Map that provides information about state-based efforts to dismantle the school-to-prison pipeline.

  • Advancing School Discipline Reform

    During the past two decades, there has been an increase in exclusionary and punitive discipline in US schools. Th ese disciplinary approaches have been discriminatory in their impacts and have failed to improve school safety. Although there is broad agreement that creating safe, orderly schools is critical to student success, there has not yet been an equally widespread shift toward instituting discipline practices that actually work.

  • American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)

    The ACLU wesbite includes resources related to school discipline and equity such as the School-to-Prison Pipeline Game, a School-to-Prison Pipeline Factsheet, and School-to-Prison Pipeline Discussion Questions.   

  • Atlantic Philanthropies

    For 30 years, Atlantic Philanthropies has made grants to advance opportunity and lasting change for those who are unfairly disadvantaged or vulnerable to life's circumstances. Atlantic Philanthropies has awarded numerous projects related to school discipline, and its website provides resources (e.g., briefs, research reports) on keeping kids safe, in school, and on the path to success. 

  • Black Girls Matter: Pushed Out, Overpolicied and Underprotected

    Based on a new review of national data and personal interviews with young women in Boston and New York, this report notes that black girls were suspended six times more than white girls, while black boys were suspended three times as often as white boys.

  • Black Lives Matter: The Schott 50 State Report on Public Education and Black Males

    The Schott Foundation for Public Education released its annual report on national data on the four-year graduation rates for Black males compared to other sub-groups; 15% of Black males received out-of-school suspensions, compared to 7% of Latino males and 5% of White males.
     

  • Campaign for Youth Justice

    The Campaign for Youth Justice has a mission of ending the practice of trying, sentencing and incarcerating youth under the age of 18 in the adult criminal justice system. The website has a list of resources to support ending the pipeline to prison.

     

  • Center for Children’s Law and Policy (CCLP)

    The Center for Children’s Law and Policy (CCLP) is a public interest law and policy organization focused on reform of juvenile justice and other systems that affect troubled and at-risk children, and protection of the rights of children in those systems. The Center’s work covers a range of activities including research, writing, public education, media advocacy, training, technical assistance, administrative and legislative advocacy, and litigation.

  • Center for Civil Rights Remedies

    The Civil Rights Project’s Center for Civil Rights Remedies (CCRR) is dedicated to improving educational opportunities and outcomes for students who are frequently subjected to exclusionary practices such as disciplinary removal, over-representation in special education, and reduced access to a college-bound curriculum by conducting new research and developing strategies and resources to address disparities for advocates, school administrators, legislators and policymakers, and the media.

  • Children’s Defense Fund (CDF)

    The Children's Defense Fund (CDF) is a nonprofit, child advocacy organization that works to ensure a level playing field for all children. CDF's vision with its Cradle to Prison Pipeline campaign is to reduce detention and incarceration by increasing preventive supports and services children need, such as access to quality early childhood development and education services and accessible, comprehensive health and mental health coverage. 

  • Coalition for Juvenile Justice

    The CJJ stays in front of emerging and pressing juvenile justice and delinquency prevention issues. The website offers useful national resources and news. 

  • Dignity in Schools

    The Dignity in Schools Campaign (DSC) website includes a searchable database of research on pushout, school discipline, and positive alternatives, specific resources for youth, parents and educators, and information about DSC’s active campaign projects.

  • Education Northwest

    Education Northwest conducts more than 200 projects annually, working with schools, districts, and communities nationwide on comprehensive, research-based solutions to the challenges they face such as school climate, behavior and bullying.   

  • Education Week’s Quality Counts Report: Code of Conduct: Safety, Discipline, and School Climate

    The 2013 online edition includes stories, multimedia features and data on school discipline, safety, and climate.

  • Equity Project at Indiana University

    The Equity Project provides evidence-based information on school discipline, school violence, special education and equality of educational opportunity for all students. In addition, the project provides support and technical assistance to educational agencies seeking to create equitable school systems.

  • Justice for Families

    Justice for Families is a national alliance of local organizations committed to ending the youth incarceration epidemic. They offer resources and tools  to help families and youth navigate juvenile justice systems. 

  • Models for Change

    Models for Change provide research-based tools and techniques to make juvenile justice more fair, effective, rational, and developmentally appropriate.

  • National Center for Juvenile Justice (NCJJ)

    NCJJ conducts and presents research, and offers technical assistance on issues related to juvenile justice.

  • National Leadership Summit on School-Justice Partnerships: Keeping Kids In School and Out of Court

    Stakeholders gathered in this summit in spring 2012 to become catalysts for strategies, policies, and programs to keep kids in school and out of court. The Summit’s Web site includes links to papers and publications  and presentations on creating strong School and Justice partnerships focused on keeping kids in school.

  • Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP)

    OJJDP sponsors research, program, and training initiatives; develops priorities and goals and sets policies to guide Federal juvenile justice issues; disseminates information about juvenile justice issues; and awards funds to states to support local programming.

  • SchoolDisciplineData.org

  • The Council of State Governments Justice Center

    The Council of State Governments Justice Center staff provide practical, nonpartisan advice and consensus-driven strategies to increase public safety and strengthen communities. The council is launching a national School Discipline Consensus Project that will focus on documenting better ways to match youth to appropriate interventions that can produce academic successes and less frequent juvenile justice involvement.

  • The Equity Project at Indiana University

    The Equity Project provides evidence-based information on school discipline, school violence, special education and equality of educational opportunity for all students. In addition, the project provides support and technical assistance to educational agencies seeking to create equitable school systems. 

  • The School Discipline Consensus Report

    This report, produced by the Council of State Governments Justice Center, presents a comprehensive set of consensus-based and field-driven recommendations to improve conditions for learning for all students and educators, better support students with behavioral needs, improve police-schools partnerships, and keep students out of the juvenile justice system for minor offenses.