As a Dignity in Schools Campaign (DSC) national member, Nollie’s Day of Action Teach-In Event on, Saturday, October 10, 2015 was a SUCCESS. Sixty-two participants came out to support our event, which included: parents, students, elected officials, and community members. YOUTH demonstrated through an AMAZING PLAY how suspensions impact students of color; especially African-American students and LGBTQ students.
It allowed community to see the real life scenarios of students being deliberately pushed from the SCHOOLHOUSE 2 JAILHOUSE/SCHOOL-TO-PRISON PIPELINE (STPP). After the presentation, participants engaged in an open discussion in terms of alternatives to suspensions: Restorative and Informative practices, Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS), Peer Mediation and Conflict Resolution. Participants were also given an opportunity to voice their concerns/questions.
During the 2015 Dignity in Schools National Week of Action – “INVEST IN PUBLIC EDUCATION NOT PRISON CULTIVATION” over 90 organizations from 24 states hosted events from, Saturday, October 3rd to Sunday, October 11th. Our National demands were shifting funding from school police to counselors and positive discipline–#EducateDontIncarcerate, use positive interventions instead of suspensions, expulsions or arrests and end racial disparities in discipline–#RethinkDiscipline, fully implement positive alternatives such as Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) and Restorative Practices–#InvestinPublicEd, and engage students and parents in decision-making about discipline policies–#ParentPower/#YouthPower to #EndSchoolPushout.