Teachers Talk: School Culture, Safety and Human Rights

PBIS, the evidence-based practice which is the focus of Junior Fellow Kelly Siegel's work, is highlighted as a best practice in this fall 2008 report from the National Economic and Social Rights Initiative and Teachers Unite.

The report "brings the voice of teachers to the debate around safety and discipline in schools. What happens when you ask teachers in New York City public schools how to make schools safe? They tell you that punitive approaches toward children, such as aggressive policing, suspensions and other reactive strategies, actually undermine the human right to education by failing to address the causes of conflict and criminalizing students.  And while teachers recognize that suspensions and other removals can be necessary in serious and limited circumstances, they feel strongly that these strategies fail to provide learning opportunities and are used excessively and unfairly to the detriment of students." 

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