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, restorative justice practitioners, school-based professionals, 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.
Member organizations include:
TSDC Steering Committee members (updated June 2019):
Candace Moore, Chicago Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights
Donald Sibley, Loyola University Chicago, School of Education
Jessica Schneider, Equip for Equality
Jessica Sullivan-Wilson, Educators for Excellence - Chicago
Joshua Kaufmann, Teach Plus Illinois
Kelsie Reed, Loyola University Chicago, School of Education
Melanie Mandisodza, Homewood District 153
Miranda Johnson, Loyola University Chicago, School of Law
Monica Llorente, Northwestern University
Dr. Pamela Fenning, Loyola University Chicago, School of Education
Sarah Schriber, Prevent School Violence Illinois
Sarah Bess-Dworin, Restoring Community
TSDC Emeritus Members & Contributors:
Brian Williams (East Maine School Dist. 63); 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); Elizabeth Temkin (Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights); Jordee Yanez (Illinois Safe Schools Alliance); Jose Sanchez (Voices of Youth in Chicago's Education); Margie Wakelin (Equip for Equality); Owen Daniel-McCarter (Illinois Safe Schools Alliance); Robert Spicer (Restorative Strategies); Sara Balgoyan (Illinois Balanced and Restorative Justice).
Interested in serving as a TSDC steering committee member? Please contact Project Coordinator Josh Koenig for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org.