Over the next week Dignity in Schools, with whom IIRP has collaborated in the past, now presents a week of action:

Throughout the week of October 1-8, 2011, thousands of parents, youth, and educators will participate in student-led actions and events in 27 cities to expose the school pushout crisis in our nation and advocate for the human right of every young person to a quality education and to be treated with dignity. The events and actions will include street theater, public forums, rallies, restorative justice trainings, and more.

The Dignity in Schools Campaign’s National Week of Action brings together organizations and individuals from 13 states to call for an end to zero tolerance policies, for the implementation of positive approaches to discipline, like restorative justice practices and positive behavior supports instead of relying solely on suspensions and expulsions, and for the passage of federal legislation that promotes positive school climates.

Of particular note, on Saturday October 8, 2011 from 9 am to 5 pm, Teachers Unite in collaboration with Dignity in Schools-New York "will host Kay Pranis, a leader in the Restorative Justice field, for a training in restorative circle facilitation. Youth, parents, and educators from across New York City will be learning how to use circles as a practice to build community in schools and address the pushout of Black, Latina/o, immigrant and special education students."

This is a public event and information can be found here.

Find a Week of Action event near you:

California / Colorado / District of Columbia (DC) / Florida / Georgia / Illinois / Louisiana / Maryland / Massachusetts / Mississippi /Missouri / New York / North Carolina / Oregon / Pennsylvania

via National Week of Action on School Pushout | Dignity In Schools.

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