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...
Director, Just Schools Project