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Transforming School Discipline Collaborative

On behalf of the Transforming School Discipline Collaborative (TSDC), the Education Law and Policy Institute at Loyola University Chicago School of Law is pleased to present a new set of resources that schools and districts can use to bolster their efforts to implement equitable and non-exclusionary discipline practices.  Developed by an interdisciplinary team of attorneys, school psychologists, policy advocates and community partners, these resources include a Model Code of Conduct, an Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE)-approved Administrator Academy training, and more. The resources are available now. Click here.

Model Code of Conduct
TSDC's Model Code of Conduct is an editable document school administrators can use to develop their student code of conduct so that it (1) is compliant with recent changes to Illinois law and (2) advances the goal of fairness and equity in the discipline process.   Our research-based strategies are designed to keep students in school, fully engaged and on track to graduate.  In addition to the editable template, there is an annotated version of the Model Student Code of Conduct together with a self-assessment checklist designed to support school district compliance with the new law. Click here.

Administrators’ Academy–Implementing School Discipline Reform: Strategies for Systemic Change
Illinois’ transformative new school discipline law (Public Act 99-0456, often referred to as “SB 100”), which requires schools to eliminate the broad-based use of zero tolerance policies and to make substantial efforts to implement alternatives to exclusionary discipline, goes into effect on September 15, 2016.  TSDC has developed an Administrators’ Academy that assists schools to examine their disciplinary policies and practices to ensure that they align with the law.  The full-day training incorporates TSDC’s Model Code of Conduct and other tools and is presented by an interdisciplinary team that includes a school psychologist, attorney, and restorative justice trainer. For additional information and upcoming Academy dates, click here.

Please spread the word about TSDC’s tools and resources. 

TSDC Organizations:

Chicago Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Inc.
Equip for Equality
Illinois Balanced and Restorative Justice (IBARJ)
Illinois Safe Schools Alliance
Loyola University Chicago School of Education
Loyola University Chicago School of Law, Education Law & Policy Institute
Ounce of Prevention Fund
Prevent School Violence Illinois
Umoja Student Development Corporation
Voices of Youth in Chicago Education (VOYCE)

Transforming School Discipline Collaborative