Equity and Student Discipline
The Student Discipline Team supports each school to implement an effective discipline program that creates and maintains a positive school climate.This work is grounded in the guiding principles of Board of Education policies JK and JK-R:
- Prevention reduces the need for intervention
- Positive relationships are key to school safety and academic success
- Minimizing suspensions and expulsions
- Discipline as learning/restorative, rather than punishment
- Graduated interventions (therapeutic/resource, restorative, administrative/legal)
- Eliminating institutional racism and other systemic barriers
- Preserving positive early educational experiences
- Accurate and complete data collection.
What we provide to schools
Trainings and ongoing professional learning for Discipline Building Leaders (DBL's) and Restorative Justice Practitioners. We offer Induction trainings for discipline leaders new-to-role and monthly gatherings where we provide professional learning and "community of practice" discussions on topics including "Individualized Behavior Intervention Plans," "Restorative Practices," "Best Practices Toward Eliminating Disparities."
On-demand consultation for high-level discipline incidents, especially challenging suspension decisions, expulsion hearing requests, referrals to law enforcement and other agencies.
On-site coaching and training. Our team can come to your school and provide personalized support to improve classroom-level or building-level practices, procedures and systems. We can also support schools requesting a "re-set" of school climate.
Discipline data support. We can provide data reports to guide a school's discipline efforts, as well as support to improve data collection.
Referrals to additional supports and professional learning. We can connect you to other departmental trainings and supports for Culturally Responsive De-escalation; Equity & Implicit Bias; Trauma-Informed Practices; Discrimination Prevention & Response.
Welcome Back--Announcements for 18-19!
Welcome back! Announcements for 18-19!
We are excited to work with all of you this year. We have a few announcements to start the year.
- Daniel Kim, Chief of Staff in Student Equity & Opportunity, has assumed leadership of the Equity in Student Discipline Team. Lisa and Barb are continuing in their roles. Lisa is supporting the Elementary Networks, the Middle School and IMO Network, and portfolio schools. Barb is supporting each of the four Secondary Networks: the Pathway School Network, the High School Network, the Early College Network, and the 6 – 12 School Network.
- Please email Lisa or Barb if you no longer wish to receive emails regarding the updates to student discipline.
- Email Lisa or Barb if you have new individuals in your building who will be responsible for discipline this year.
- New suspension and expulsion paperwork--now auto-populating! There are also content changes, so please discontinue using last year's versions.
- Barb and Lisa are available to come out to your building and provide additional support to your student discipline teams regarding policy and procedure. Please email them to schedule.
- See below information regarding DBL Inductions.
Discipline Builder Leader Induction – August 30th and September 6th from 8am-12pm
The Discipline Building Leader (DBL) Induction will provide the foundational policy and procedural information that each DBL will need to be effective in their role. It is designed for new Discipline Building Leaders and Discipline Building Leaders who would like a discipline refresher. Please see essential pre-work below. If you have questions, contact Barb Downing at 720-423-2047, or Lisa Pisciotta at 720-423-2046.
Dates: August 30th & September 6th (only need to attend one)
Time: 8:00 - 12:00
Location: City Year, 789 Sherman St, Denver, CO 80203
Registration for Inductions:
August 30, 2018:
September 6, 2018:
- Infinite Campus/Behavior Management/Editing Rights
You will need to be able to document student behavior in the DPS database, Infinite Campus. Please complete the online IC Behavior Management Certification by logging in with your DPS credentials and clicking “enroll me.” Once you have completed the course and received the certification, ask your principal to contact DoTS to approve your access to editing rights for Infinite Campus/Behavior Management. This is a necessary step to being prepared to engage productively in your role as a DBL.
- Discipline Building Leader Induction On-Line Training
It is absolutely essential to complete the on-line DBL Induction prior to the face-to-face training. The on-line DBL Induction are accessed through:
District Managed Schools: Go to http://schoology.dpsk12.org
Login with your dpsk12.NET credentials
Using the Course pulldown menu, choose JOIN and enter this code:
Charter Schools: Go to http://schoology.com
Sign up for a free teacher account
Join the DPS/DBL Induction Training course with the access code 3DHM4-7ZWVQ
We look forward to working with you!
Daniel Kim, Chief of Staff, Student Equity & Opportunity
Lisa Pisciotta, Program Manager, Equity in Student Discipline
Barb Downing, Program Manager, Equity in Student Discipline
Request Trainings and Supports in Restorative Practices
Our Restorative Practices Team offers a range of supports that include: two-day trainings for staff who will lead RP in their buildings, monthly "community of practice" meetings for RP Coordinators, individualized consultation for schools, and on-site coaching and training in core practices. Please contact us for more information.
Visit an RP demonstration site
There are 3 DPS schools offering full-day visits to see restorative practices in action and engage in panels with leaders, teachers and students. Please contact us to sign up for a visit.
Implementation Guide: School-Wide Restorative Practices, Step-By-Step
Restorative practices build community and promote healthy relationships among educators and students in order to teach the social-emotional and conflict-resolution skills necessary to reduce conflict. This guide provides support to any school building or district looking to reform their discipline system and reduce racial disparities. It answers the critical question: where do we start?
This guide can also help schools or districts that have started along this path but are struggling with implementation. Implementation can be done in stages. A school or a district can start with one type of restorative practice and incorporate others as the school culture shifts. This guide has been structured accordingly—outlining the critical steps to be taken in the first year of implementation, how to grow in the second year, and elements to support sustainability of implementation. The guide includes a wide range of resources and is available here.
ECE - 3rd Grade Discipline Reform
District Policy Change: "Toward Ending Suspensions and Expulsions of Young Learners"
Read the Denver Board of Education's resolution "Toward ending suspensions and expulsions of young learners," which board members unanimously approved on Thursday, March 16, 2018.
In Fall 2017, de-escalation trainings were tailored for and offered to early grade teachers to support implementation of the new policy. DPS' de-escalation curriculum is based on national research and local experience.
If you are interested in trainings, please contact us.
Guiding principles for disciplineOur work is guided by the district's policies JK and JK-R, which lay out:
- Prevention first. School discipline is best accomplished by preventing misbehavior before it occurs, and using effective interventions after it occurs.
- Relationships are key. School safety and academic success are formed and strengthened when all school staff and personnel build positive relationships with students and are actively engaged in their lives and learning.
- Minimizing suspensions and expulsions. Effective school discipline maximizes the amount of time students spend learning and minimizes the amount of time students cause disruption or are removed from their classrooms due to misbehavior.
- Discipline as learning. School discipline should be reasonable, timely, fair, age-appropriate, and should match the severity of the student's misbehavior. School discipline that is paired with meaningful instruction and guidance offers students an opportunity to learn from their mistakes and contribute to the school community, and is more likely to result in getting the student re-engaged in learning.
- Graduated interventions. Effective discipline is built on consistent and effective classroom management, and is supported by a positive school climate. The vast majority of disciplinary issues should be addressed at the classroom level by teachers; however, behaviors that cannot be addressed at this level should receive more targeted and intensive interventions, as determined by an individualized assessment.
- Eliminating institutional barriers. The District serves a diverse community. In order to serve all students and to prepare them to be members of an increasingly diverse community, school and staff must build cultural competence. We must strive to eliminate any institutional racism and any other discrimination that presents barriers to success.
- Protecting early educational experiences. Positive experiences in school and with teachers, beginning with the earliest exposures to school, lay a foundation for engagement with and connection to school throughout a student’s academic career. These early experiences have the most critical impact on students’ perceptions and trust of school and teachers, and are fundamental to the development of the social and academic skills necessary to support them through school and beyond. Removal from school during this time period negatively impacts a student’s opportunities for success.
Student Equity and Opportunity
Emily Griffith Campus
1860 Lincoln St.
Denver, CO 80203
Trauma Informed and Restorative Practices Manager
Program Manager, Equity In Student Discipline (Secondary Networks)
Program Manager, Equity In Student Discipline (Elementary & Middle School Networks, Portfolio Schools)
New for 18-19--Suspension & expulsion paperwork (auto-populating)
Discipline Fast Facts (2018-19). Practical highlights on implementing district discipline policy in schools.
ECE-3rd Grade Discipline Reform Resolution--Board of Education "Toward Ending Suspensions & Expulsions For Our Youngest Learners" (March 2017)