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It’s time to rethink school discipline.

We're building a coalition of education leaders committed to ending the school-to-prison pipeline.

Join Our Revolution

Outdated, racially-biased approaches to school discipline that also hurt students with disabilities are one of America’s greatest social justice issues. They cost students millions of hours of learning time every year and cement the school-to-prison pipeline. The Discipline Revolution Project is a coalition of education leaders and advocates committed to finding radically better approaches to school discipline for students and communities.

The Challenge

In most schools, “discipline” means punishing students for bad behavior, often by excluding them from class. It’s an approach built on good intentions that’s had serious long-term consequences for kids:

  • Lost learning time. Suspensions cost students a combined millions of hours of learning time every year—time that could make or break their chances to succeed in college, a career, and life after high school. 
  • Racial bias. Punitive policies disproportionately affect students who already face the most discrimination. Compared to their peers, black and Latinx students are three times more likely to be suspended, and students with disabilities are twice as likely to be suspended. 
  • A pathway to prison. Students who are suspended even once are three times more likely to be incarcerated later in life. For too many, it’s a first step toward a lifetime stuck in the revolving door of the criminal justice system—the start of the school-to-prison pipeline.

Though more education leaders are focusing on school discipline than ever before, their discussions rarely move past naming the problem to actually solving it. They become arguments about a false choice—between keeping punitive discipline policies exactly as is or watching schools descend into “chaos.” Meanwhile, schools don’t have the information or support they need to implement new approaches, even though years of research and innovation have produced promising ideas.

Our Revolution

The Discipline Revolution Project is a coalition of education leaders and advocates working to move past theoretical arguments on school discipline to find practical solutions that will end the school-to-prison pipeline once and for all.

We’re helping schools shift from discipline focused on punishment and compliance to an approach centered on learning—one that holds students accountable for their behavior without shutting them out of the classroom, and that cultivates supportive school environments where conflict is far less likely to occur in the first place. 

Our EQUITY Framework distills research and promising practices into actionable ideas on the proactive and reactive elements of school discipline—the missing pieces for school improvement efforts focused solely on providing talented teachers and rigorous instruction. We provide on-the-ground support to help our community of educators implement new approaches to discipline, and report back on what we’re learning so that even more schools across the country can try what’s working.  We also host forums and gatherings so educators can share promising practices, brainstorm how to overcome barriers, and engage in new and emerging research and tips to better support students. DRP is about building a movement of people dedicated to change—and to finding new, innovative, and practical solutions together.

Join Us

We’re looking for more education leaders to join our revolution. You can sign up for regular updates, or you can become a member (for free) and receive access to exclusive resources, training, and implementation support.