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

Our goal:

The Transforming School Discipline Collaborative (TSDC) is an interdisciplinary team of attorneys, school psychologists, policy advocates and community partners 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. 



Special thanks to TSDC Steering Commitee 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)*
  • 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*
  • 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
  • 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