Philadelphia schools take a systematic route to better discipline

By Sarah Sparks, Education Week | May 15, 2018

Stoneleigh Fellow Abigail Gray and her Fellowship are featured in a new Education Week article on rapid-fire pilot programs exploring improvements to school discipline.

Philadelphia leaders hope that digging into the culture, training, and assistance for schools will help them make headway on one of the thorniest problems facing educators today: curbing schools’ use of discipline practices that take students out of the classroom.

Philadelphia is one of many districts nationwide that has been trying to limit out-of-school suspensions and reduce racial gaps among students who receive exclusionary discipline, but results so far have been uneven both in Philadelphia and across the country. Now, the district is launching a series of rapid-fire pilot programs to find ways to speed up and smooth out the transition to better school discipline.

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