Innovative Programs to Reduce Out of School of School Suspensions
The PIRATE Program, an alternative to suspension program was created to reduce the amount of students who were receiving out of school suspension for minor verbal and physical altercations. This program is an asset to the Deans of Students in an urban high school setting and is going on its fourth year of implementation. Results have shown a decrease in disciplinary problems with students who successfully completed the program. In addition to this program, The REAL Program has been established to help provide additional support and resources in the dedicated in-school suspension classroom. It is crucial to provide students who are sent to in-school suspension with learning opportunities in efforts to change their behavior and keep them in class.
Learning Areas:Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Social and behavioral sciences
Identify three reasons why it is important to disrupt the school-to-prison pipeline. Explain the different components of the PIRATE Program (an alternative to out of school suspension). Describe ways in which in-school suspension interventions can better address the needs of students, while keeping them in school.
Keyword(s): Child/Adolescent Mental Health, Youth Violence
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Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I developed and implemented an alternative to suspension program in an urban high school setting, have an educational background in Children's Law and Policy-with an emphasis on school discipline laws and policies, and have been practicing clinically for the last 7.5 years in school-based health care and child welfare.
Any relevant financial relationships? No
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