With funding from Atlantic Philanthropies and Open Society Foundations, the American Institutes for Research® (AIR) founded the National Clearinghouse on Supportive School Discipline (NCSSD) to provide educational practitioners with the resources needed to facilitate:
- The reduction of harsh and exclusionary discipline practices to stem the pipeline to prison
- The implementation of supportive school discipline practices
NCSSD is a central source of high-quality, objective, and independent research, data, information, and tools related to school discipline policies and practices.
With a particular focus on changing the culture of communities and schools in which racial and ethnic minorities; lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning ( LGBTQ ) youth; and/or students with emotional, behavioral, and cognitive disabilities face disproportionate school disciplinary action, it is our vision to promote opportunities for all students to learn and thrive.
Specifically, we seek to develop and broadly disseminate actionable resources that will strengthen the capacity of:
- States and school systems to make data-driven and evidence-based decisions to support student behavior across and within settings with greater consistency and equity
- Educational practitioners to work collaboratively with key stakeholders such as families, community members, judges, prosecutors, probation officers, and law enforcement professionals
- Policymakers and practitioners to design and develop proactive and positive policies, practices, and procedures that support student self-management, behavior, and connectedness
- Local communities, school systems, and schools to foster the development and delivery of professional development opportunities that help practitioners interact more positively and relationally with children and youth