Transforming School Discipline Collaborative

Equipping Leaders

TSDC'S Toolkit
for Transformation



This toolkit is designed to give practitioners guidance, strategies and models that will support their work to change school policies and practices around student discipline. This work is ongoing. Visit again soon for updates and contact us to share ideas of your own. 

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The District Spotlight is a recurring feature in the Transforming School Discipline Collaborative (TSDC) quarterly newsletter that highlights the work of districts in their processes to improve discipline practices. Below are excerpts from our conversations.

East Maine School District 63: A Conversation With Dr. Scott Clay & Dr. Shawn Schleizer (Spring 2018)

To learn more and to read a full transcript of this interview, click HERE.



Mount Prospect District 57: A conversation with Sara Tyburski (Fall 2017)

Do you have questions you'd like to see answered? Interested in being featured in the District Spotlight? Contact us today.


TSDC has created administrator guides specifically designed as primers. These guides provide foundation knowledge on various topics, highlight examples of school-based practices and offer additional resources.


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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.


Download the Code of Conduct Below:


Working on making changes to your student code of conduct? Use this TEMPLATE version of the Model Code of Conduct to help you get started. 


This checklist details PA 99-0546's (aka SB100) new requirements, along with providing “Implementation Tips” that your district can utilize when working to implement the Act.



A Content Analysis of Catholic School Written Discipline Policies  Daniel L. Philippe, Claudia M. Hernandez-Melis, Pamela A. Fenning, Ph.D., Katie N.B. Sears, and Emily M. McDonough - Journal of Catholic Education -  October, 2017

Developing Prevention-Oriented Discipline Codes of Conduct - Pamela A. Fenning, Ph.D. and Miranda B. Johnson, J.D., M.P.A. - Children's Legal Rights Journal - 2015

Ecologies of School Discipline for Queer Youth: What Listening to Queer Youth Teaches Us About Transforming School Discipline - L Boyd Bellinger, Nicole Darcangelo, Stacey S. Horn, Erica R. Meiners, and Sarah Schriber - Inequality in School Discipline - 2016

Why are we criminalizing behavior of children with disabilities? - Miranda B. Johnson, J.D., M.P.A. - The Washington Post - April, 2017