Fix School Discipline Toolkit for Educators - Page 30

“We want and every child will go to college like my child did,” we can eradicate these gaps. We have not done explicit training around bias because the data is in our face. We can see the gaps. Over time, how do you make certain that these changes become a permanent part of the school’s culture and practices even if leadership and staff change? Sup. Bishop: Our community members and parents have been invited in to, not only participate in the Restorative Justice and PBIS trainings, but to walk through the schools. We need a “Superintendentproof” system, so that the systems and structures that create change will remain. We are seeing that many of our parents know the systems so well, that they are talking to other parents and saying, “Did you ask for the SST? Do you know about PBIS?” We have over 200 active and engaged parents in the District who are knowledgeable and working on all aspects of the reforms. These parents and community members are key because this whole effort has to go beyond any one administration; the community must own it as well. Dr. Derbigny : You can expect what you inspect. We are seeding change and as we provide intensive and ongoing support, we are expecting to see the change we seek become a reality. How have you built on your first year of implementation? Sup. Bishop: We really have built a system where all students will be college and career ready. The fullservice community schools initiative is the umbrella for all of our reforms. When I think about full-service community schools, I think about the whole student. By the end of the 2014-2015 school year, all of our schools will be full service. Using the strategies mentioned above, in 2013-14 we have further reduced out of school suspensions by 60%. Each of the full-service community schools, offer comprehensive academic, social, mental, and physical education services to meet student, family, and community needs. Each school has an Academic Support Provider (ASP) staff position. That person’s responsibility is to fill in any gaps in the student’s academic, social and emotional profile. The ASP 28 How we can fix school discipline creates a school-based community advisory board; monitors parent engagement; facilitates Student Success Team meetings (SST); trains staff on restorative justice and runs circles; and serves as a liaison for the principal to the community at large. Each of our full-service community schools serves breakfast, lunch and dinner for students, and provides services unique to the school community that may include: school-based health clinics, family resource centers, on-site food and clothing banks, etc. The schools are supported by a team at the central office that cultivates strategic relationships with larger corporate partners. Additionally, in the 2014-15 school year, we begin training on trauma-sensitive strategies. We received $50,000 from Kaiser Permanente to train all of our staff and service partners. Kaiser has placed six doctors in our district; in 2015-16 there will be 12 and the year after that there will be 18, all making sure that our students are socially and emotionally healthy by developing and implementing trauma-sensitive strategies. This is really important because trauma affects all of us and affects our ability to work and learn effectively. With all of these strategies in play – PBIS, RJ and trauma-sensitive strategies – we are helping all students including those who need more for one reason or another. We are continuing to be very active with grant writing and resource partnership. Additionally, the Local Control Funding Formula allows us to really work with the community engagement focus area and make sure that we are offering research validated programs that the community believes will actually help our students succeed. We took surveys of the community as a way of hearing the voices of as many stakeholders as possible. We have created a plan based on what we have heard from the community. Stay tuned as we are a work in progress! Feel free to contact us Vallejo City Unified School District 665 Walnut Avenue, Vallejo, CA 94592 0: (707) 556-8921