Creating a Positive School Climate: Implementing Equitable and Effective School Discipline Practices

Event Dates: 
Thursday, December 5, 2013 - 15:00 to 16:00

The Alliance for Excellent Education presents a webinar on the work being done to ensure that all students are learning in an environment that does not criminalize them but rather keeps them safe, instills social and emotional learning, and includes a strong academic program.

Closing achievement and graduation rate gaps requires comprehensive school reform that includes a focus on a positive school climate that meets and develops the academic, social, and emotional needs of every student. Doing this means addressing the multiple factors that can negatively affect school climate. For example, student discipline policies often keep too many students out of school and away from the classroom, causing them to lose critical learning time.

Research repeatedly shows that harsh disciplinary policies disproportionately affect students of color and students with disabilities. Not only are these discipline practices disproportionately applied, and for less serious behavior, they are also an ineffective response to the behavior. There are other practices and policies that have proven to be effective in creating a safe and positive school climate for all students and staff.

This webinar will provide data on these disparities and the equitable and effective alternatives of punitive school discipline. Specifically, panelists will discuss ways in which their work is supporting and advancing these alternatives. Panelists will also address questions submitted by viewers from across the country.


  • Deb Delisle, Assistant Secretary, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, U.S. Department of Education
  • Dan Losen, Director, Center for Civil Rights Remedies
  • Martens Roc, Policy and Advocacy Associate, Alliance for Excellent Education
  • Karen Webber-Ndour, Executive Director, Student Support and Safety, Baltimore City Schools
  • Youth Advocate, TBD