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Our Approach

Our work rests on the idea—backed by research and experience—that school discipline is about much more than addressing misbehavior. It’s important for school staff to respond skillfully when incidents occur, in ways that foster a restorative mindset, promote student’s healthy identity development, and minimize lost instructional time. It’s even more important for them to build cultures of trust, mutual respect, and high expectations that can dramatically reduce the likelihood of conflict in the first place. And, most important, schools must attend to students social and emotional needs and growth as purposefully and skillfully as they attend to their academic ones.

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That means focusing on culturally competent school cultures and climates; academic and non-academic student supports; social-emotional learning; partnerships with families and the broader community, confronting adult biases and deficit mindsets and forging trusting relationships with students—in short, all the factors that help students develop and own healthy habits, and can make the difference between reaching all students or losing too many of them. It’s essential work for any school, and often the missing piece for school improvement efforts that focus solely on providing talented teachers and rigorous instruction. Ineffective, punitive, and biased discipline practices are merely the symptom of deeper issues around equity.

Shifting away for these practices will lead to better outcomes for marginalized students, and everyone on the school. But, this can be overwhelming work, with so many places to start and so few practical guides. That’s where the Discipline Revolution Project comes in. We’ve distilled lessons from the best research on the proactive and reactive elements of school discipline—from trauma-informed education, to response to intervention, to risk and resilience, to anti-biased and culturally responsive teaching. We’ve canvassed promising practices from programs, organizations, and schools who have made strides in moving beyond punitive discipline.

And we’ve combined everything we’ve learned into a practical toolkit that’s free to all DRP members: the EQUITY Framework. Our framework provides school- and system-level solutions across six competencies that education leaders at all levels can begin implementing right away. It also serves as the foundation for the support we provide to our members throughout the school year.

To learn more about the EQUITY Framework and start putting it to use in your school, district, or charter network, sign up to become a DRP member.

The EQUITY Framework Competencies

COMPETENCY 1 : Empathy and High Expectations

School cultures and adult mindsets are purposeful, anti-biased, and supportive. 

COMPETENCY 2: Quality Teaching

Lessons are rigorous, relevant, and culturally responsive.

COMPETENCY 3 : Understanding and Personalization

Student supports promote growth on personal success factors.

COMPETENCY 4 : Incident Response

Behavior expectations are high and adults respond skillfully to missteps.

COMPETENCY 5: Team Approach

Schools partner with families, communities, child welfare, law enforcement, and other support agencies.

COMPETENCY 6: Youth-Focused Policy

Human resources practices, policies, and data approaches support healthy development of all students.

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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.