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Changing How We Do Discipline
Community forum asks how we can create equitable, racially just and trauma-sensitive schools

In Brattleboro last month, Just Schools Project partnered with Vermont Legal Aid and our local school district's Diversity, Equity and Social Justice Committee to host a community forum on discipline in Vermont's schools.  

The event featured a panel of local educators, a high school student, and others who shared their experiences with "unfair and unequal" school discipline. Panelists and audience members also discussed strategies for making schools more equitable, racially just, and trauma-sensitive. (We weren't surprised to hear calls for more restorative practices!)  

The Brattleboro forum was the second of two community forums inspired by Vermont Legal Aid's report, Kicked Out! Unfair and Unequal Student Discipline in Vermont's Public Schools. Jay Diaz, the author of the report, joined us on the panel.

Watch the video here.

When we are not at community forums, we are visiting middle and high schools throughout Vermont and Massachusetts, working with staff and administrators to bring restorative practices to their school communities, and feeling inspired by all the creativity and commitment we see. Contact us to set up a training for your school or group! Or come find us at the below events...

Toward Justice,

Mel Motel
Director, Just Schools Project

Northeast LGBT Conference
JSP will be leading a session at the Northeast LGBT Conference on "Transformative Justice and Community Accountability" in LGBTQ communities. The conference is at Stony Brook University -- check it out if you're in the NYC area the weekend of April 1 - April 3!
Fania Davis speaking at Keene State College
Fania Davis will be speaking at Keene State College in Keene, NH on April 5 at 7 p.m.  The co-founder and director of Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth (RJOY), Fania has worked to bring restorative practices to schools in Oakland, CA. We have been inspired by RJOY's work and are looking forward to hearing her!
Just Schools Project on Facebook
"Like" Just Schools Project on Facebook to keep up on upcoming trainings, other events, and restorative practices/youth justice news!
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