Transforming School Discipline Collaborative

Welcome to the

Transforming School Discipline Collaborative

TSDC is a collaborative of organizations working to ensure that Illinois' schools are safe and supportive for all students.

An interdisciplinary team of attorneys, school psychologists, policy advocates and community partners, TSDC is dedicated to supporting districts and schools to implement equitable and non-exclusionary discipline practices. We aim to meaningfully reduce the high numbers of school days that students lose due to exclusionary discipline policies and to eradicate inequities in the administration of discipline.


Learn about the recent efforts in Illinois to change discipline through legislation.

Discover TSDC's Toolkit for Transformation which is meant to support districts as they work to implement change.

Join a training today.


TSDC Steering Committee members:

  • Brian Williams, East Maine School Dist. 63

  • Candace Moore, Chicago Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights

  • Cassandra Black, Loyola University Chicago, School of Law

  • Chuck Hartseil, McLean County Unit Dist. 5 & El Paso-Gridley School Dist. 11 (Retired)*

  • Dr. Dan Koonce, Governors State University

  • Donald Sibley, Loyola University Chicago, School of Education

  • Elizabeth Temkin, Chicago Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights*

  • Jessica Schneider, Chicago Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights*

  • Jordee Yanez, Illinois Safe Schools Alliance*

  • Jose Sanchez, Voices of Youth in Chicago's Education*

  • Joshua Kaufmann, Teach Plus Illinois

  • Kelsie Reed, Loyola University Chicago, School of Education


  • Margie Wakelin, Equip for Equality

  • Miranda Johnson, Loyola University Chicago, School of Law

  • Monica Llorente, Northwestern University

  • Owen Daniel-McCarter, Illinois Safe Schools Alliance*

  • Dr. Pamela Fenning, Loyola University Chicago, School of Education

  • Robert Spicer, Restorative Strategies

  • Sara Balgoyan, Illinois Balanced and Restorative Justice

  • Sarah Schriber, Prevent School Violence Illinois

  • Sarah Bess-Dworin, Umoja Student Development Corporation

*Former members who provided significant contributions