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School Discipline Workshop: Best Practices in Addressing Student Behaviors While Keeping Schools Safe

School Discipline Workshop: 
Best Practices in Addressing Student Behaviors
While Keeping Schools Safe
 

Wednesday, August 6, 2014
8 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Loyola University Chicago School of Law
25 E. Pearson Street, Chicago 

This seminar for school administrators addressed the research, application and implementation of best practices in school discipline.  The state and federal legal requirements relating to school discipline were covered, as well as the research demonstrating the need for reforming school disciplinary policies.  Participants had the opportunity to hear from school administrators from across the state who have been successful in implementing disciplinary reforms.  


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Tamara Perry (Loyola JD ’02), Civil Rights Attorney, U.S. Department of Education - Office for Civil Rights, Chicago Regional Office



Agenda

8:00 –  8:20 a.m. Registration/Continental Breakfast
8:20 –  8:30 a.m.      Welcome
8:30 – 9:00 a.m. 

Presentation:  “What the Research Shows to be Best Practices in Addressing School Discipline”

Dr. Pamela Fenning, Loyola University Chicago School of Education

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9:00 – 9:30 a.m.

Nicki Bazer, General Counsel, Illinois State Board of Education

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Robert E. Swain, Partner, Hodges, Loizzi, Eisenhammer, Rodick & Kohn LLP

9:30 – 9:45 a.m.    Break
9:45 – 10:45 a.m.     

Presentation by OCR: Recent Federal Guidance from OCR on the Nondiscriminatory Application of School Discipline

Karen Mines, Acting Chief Attorney, U.S. Department of Education - Office for Civil Rights, Chicago Regional Office

Tamara Perry (Loyola JD ’02), Civil Rights Attorney, U.S. Department of Education - Office for Civil Rights, Chicago Regional Office

10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Changing Disciplinary Culture and Climate by Implementing Restorative Justice

Christine Agaiby, Adjunct Professor of Restorative Justice, Loyola University Chicago School of Law and Northwestern University School of Law

Robert Spicer, Restorative Justice Hub Coordinator with the Community Justice for Youth Institute

12:15 – 12:45 p.m.    Lunch
12:45 – 2:00 p.m.

Case Studies in Changing Disciplinary Policies and Practices

Dr. Laura Taylor, Assistant Superintendent of Achievement and Student Services, Champaign Unit 4 Schools

Orlando Thomas, Director of Achievement and Student Services, Champaign Unit 4 Schools

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Michele Carmichael, Principal Consultant, Schools and Behavioral Health Supports, Illinois State Board of Education

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Dr. Johnnie Thomas, Superintendent, Community High School District 155

2:00 – 2:15 p.m. Break
2:15 – 3:30 p.m.   Working Groups on Implementing Disciplinary Reform