In recent years, there has been a lot of discussion about the school-to-prison pipeline and zero-tolerance policies. As a result, alternatives to exclusionary discipline, such as restorative justice, are capturing the attention of educators, leaders and policymakers. During the 2016-17 school year, a group of Minnesota-based educators endeavored to address the causes contributing to discipline disparities and to implement alternatives to exclusionary discipline. Supported by nonprofit Educators for Excellence, educators put together a step-by-step implementation guide for interested teachers and school leaders. Nine pilot school sites used the guide during the 2016-17 school year.
On Thursday, February 15th, Shannon Mitchell of Educators for Excellence and Brenda Burnside, formerly of Roseville Area Middle School, discussed: