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Lessons from the Field Webinar - Keeping Students in School Through School Justice Partnerships

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Since the late 1980s and early 1990s, the rate of students referred to courts has increased substantially (Marsh, 2014). The majority of referrals to the juvenile justice system each year are for status offenses — activities that are not criminal but are prohibited under the law because of a youth’s status as a minor. These referrals sometimes result in students missing school time or going deeper into the juvenile justice system.

Several schools have worked with law enforcement, court personnel and others in their community to establish School Justice Partnerships (SJPs). Data shows that they also can help reduce suspension rates, increase high school graduation rates, and decrease school dropout rates.

In this webinar, speakers will first discuss how current brain science can inform how schools address minor misbehavior and then provide an overview of SJPs, sharing the main components and process.

Speaker and Panelists: 
Moderator: Greta Colombi, Director, NCSSLE

  • Dr. Bernadine Futrell, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, U.S. Department of Education 
  • Liz Ryan, Administrator, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, U.S. Department of Justice
  • Ellen Galinsky, President, Families and Work Institute, Researcher, Author of The Breakthrough Years
  • Hon. Steven C. Teske, Chief Presiding Judge Juvenile & Family Court Designated Superior Court Judge Clayton Judicial Circuit State of Georgia (Retired)
  • Luvinia Jackson, Superintendent, Clayton County Public Schools, GA (Retired)
    Dr. Ralph Simpson, Deputy Superintendent of Administrative Services & Strategic Improvement, Clayton County Public Schools, GA 
  • Benjamin Straker, Parent; Vice Chair, Clayton County School Board, GA
  • Julius (J) Corpening, Chief District Judge, State of North Carolina
  • Stephanie Kraybill, Board of Education, New Hanover County Schools, NC
  • David Gleiser, Executive Director, Missouri River Historical Development, Inc.

Date Created: July 1, 2024