Changing School Climate, Rethinking Discipline and Improving Outcomes for Students

Monday, November 19, 2018

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Cost: $99 per site

This webinar will be accessed via your computer and can include as many faculty and staff as desired.

The quality of a school’s climate may be the single most predictive factor in promoting student achievement. If we want gains in academic achievement, we must start by improving school climate.

A school with a positive climate is a place where each child feels valued, where exclusionary school discipline is used in only the most egregious cases, and where student misbehavior is a used as a teaching moment. Frameworks such as Social Emotional Learning, Restorative Practices and Trauma Sensitive Schools provide opportunities for students and staff to develop relationships and learn to understand and control their emotions.


“Breaking Schools’ Rules,” a statewide study of nearly one million public school students in Texas by the Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center, found that suspension practices varied widely among schools with similar racial composition and economic status, and that disproportionate disciplinary measures were imposed on Black students and students with disabilities.  The impact these factors have had on students has been devastating: 15 percent of students who were disciplined 11 times or more achieved a 40 percent graduation rate, and 31 percent of students disciplined one or more times repeated a grade at least once.  We know we can do better here in New York. 


Thomas Andriola, Chief of Policy and Implementation at the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services Office of Youth Justice, and Kathleen DeCataldo, Assistant Commissioner for the New York State Education Department Office of Student Support Services, will explore ways that schools and educators can better support their students and communities.

Webinar Presenters: Bob Stulmaker, CASDA Faculty

                                        Kathleen DeCataldo, Assistant Commissioner for Student Support Services, NYSED

                                        Thomas Andriola, Chief of Policy and Implementation, Office of Youth Justice

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