Implementing School Discipline Reform: Strategies for Systemic Change

March 11, 2020 
8:30 AM to 3:30 PM

Philip H. Corboy Law Center
25 E. Pearson Street
Chicago, IL 60611


In this workshop, participants will learn strategies to reform their disciplinary policies and practices through the use of a holistic prevention-oriented approach to school discipline. Participants are encouraged to bring teams from their district composed of administrators and other school staff directly charged with implementing disciplinary policies, including superintendents, assistant superintendents, principals, deans, school psychologists and other school-based mental health professionals.

Participants will be asked to collect and review their district or school's data, policies and practices on school discipline prior to the workshop. Participants will improve their skills in analyzing their disciplinary data, practices and policies within the framework of multi-tiered systems of support. They will conduct a root cause analysis grounded in guiding questions focused on equity in order to inform action planning. They will also learn how to apply the principles of restorative practices to develop alternative approaches to the most prevalent discipline issues in their school community. Participants will leave the course with tools to lead a team of stakeholders to conduct an ongoing and sustained review of their discipline policies and practices.

This is a state-approved Administrators' Academy (#1717).  Attendees can also earn 6 hours of Professional Development credit.  Breakfast and lunch are provided.


  • Pamela Fenning, School Psychology Professor, Loyola University Chicago School of Education
  • Sarah-Bess Dworin, Umoja Student Development Corporation
  • Miranda Johnson, Education Law and Policy Institute, Loyola University Chicago School of Law

Cost for this training is $50 per person.  If attendees from the same school or district register, the cost is $50 for the first person and $25 for each additional person.  Attending as a school or district team is encouraged, because it will help provide a broader basis for implementing the models being discussed at the training.  For each person seeking Administrators' Academy credit, the cost will be $15 per attendee.  Payment instructions will be provided closer to the training date.