This session will focus on a school-wide approach to reducing middle school discipline disparities at one school in Arlington,
Virginia. Attendees will hear from three assistant principals on how to plan for such a program, achieve staff and student buy-in,
look at discipline through a restorative lens, and create opportunities for alternatives to suspension. Participants will learn and
share with one another, as well as engage with relevant research around student discipline, particularly as it relates to students
of color--and will create a preliminary plan to meet the needs of their respective schools and student populations utilizing the
behavioral supports of the special education process, mediation, and restorative practices.
Presenters: Shana K. Curtis, Ed.S., Assistant Principal; Marcelo Flores, Assistant Principal; Carl William Seward, Assistant Principal,
Arlington Public Schools, Virginia