TSDC's Toolkit for Transformation

TSDC's Toolkit for Transformation is designed to give school practitioners a closer look at topics, concepts, and strategies that will support a change process around student discipline.  

 

TSDC ADMINISTRATOR GUIDES

TSDC members and supporters have prepared TSDC Administrator Guides. Covering a variety of topics, these guides were specifically designed as primers for the busy school administrator or teacher who wants to begin developing a framework of understanding. These primers provide readers with foundational knowledge on certain topics, give ideas for school-based practices, highlight additional resources, etc.

Current TSDC Adminstrator Guides include:

 


ADMINISTRATOR ACADEMY #1717

SB 100 calls for schools to make changes in how students are disciplined, particularly as it relates to suspensions and expulsions.  This bill, now known as Public Act 99-0456, goes into effect on September 15, 2016.  This academy introduces participants to the requirements of the new law and provides strategies to reform disciplinary policies and practices through a prevention-oriented approach.  Participants will identify their district or school-specific discipline issues and learn how to apply principles and practices of restorative justice to address their most prevalent challenges.  It is encouraged that teams of administrators and other school staff directly involved in student discipline attend together.  

This academy is presented by an interdisciplinary team that includes a school psychologist, attorney, and restorative justice trainer.  To maximize participants’ learning, participants will be asked to collect and review their own district or school disciplinary data and policies in advance as part of a pre-academy activity.

TSDC's Model Code of Conduct

TSDC's Model Code of Conduct (Model Code) is offered as a best practice of how school administrators can develop a student code of conduct that (1) is compliant with recent changes to Illinois law (see Public Act 98-1102 and Public Act 99-0456) and (2) advances the goal of fairness and equity in the discipline process.

In some places, the Model Code goes beyond the strict requirements of current law to encompass the intent behind legislative reforms. Reducing the use of exclusionary school discipline requires a fundamental shift in school climate. Therefore, the Model Code embraces prevention-oriented policies coupled with a student-centered approach. Our strategies are designed to keep students in school, fully engaged and on track to graduate.

This Code is not intended to be adopted in isolation from other necessary school culture changes. Schools are encouraged to continue developing practices to prevent school violence and build a positive school climate. Examples of such practices include developing an inclusive and supportive curriculum, providing effective and culturally-relevant behavior supports, implementing restorative practices, offering classroom consultation and support, providing ongoing professional development and examining the role of implicit biases in the classroom and school community. We recognize that this is a challenging and ongoing process. 

We hope that this model code supports your efforts as we all continue to make sure that our schools provide the very best education to all students in Illinois.