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 Rethink Discipline Implementation

In August of 2017, Michigan’s state discipline code dramatically changes, ending zero tolerance and requiring that lesser interventions be considered. We have gathered some resources to assist, everything from a summary of key law changes to recommendations for HOW to revise your code to a tool to analyze your code to model codes to professional development resources. Please email us if you have resources we should add. contact (at)

Board of Education Resolution

  • Email SAC at contact at for a Word template of a resolution your local district can pass.

Statement to Board of Education on Implementation

Summary of the Law

Links to the New Laws

MCL 380.1310d (7 factors; rebuttable presumption)

MCL 380.1310c (restorative practices)

7 Factor Worksheet

*** Please email for a Word version to edit.***

Lesser Intervention Checklist

*** Please email for a Word version to edit.***

Michigan Department of Education School Discipline Toolkit,4615,7-140-74638_72831—,00.html

Threat Assessment Tool

Donna Secor Pennington, Michigan Association of School Social Workers (MASSW),  Forest Hills Public Schools, developed this tool for threat assessments.

Code of Conduct Resources

Code of Conduct Revision Process
Code of conduct reviews should not be delayed until late summer. We map out a process based on research and field experience.

Code of Conduct Self-Analysis Tool

Need Help?                                                                                                                                     Reach out to the Student Rights Project. University of Michigan graduate students, who have conducted extensive research on model codes and analyzed many codes around the state, are available to help. Zainab Farhat, (313)

State Board of Education Model Code of Student Conduct:

Dignity In Schools Model Code

Ypsilanti Community Schools

New York City, Discipline Code and Bill of Rights and Responsibilities 

Boston Code of Conduct


Paradigm Shift

Reducing suspensions and improving school climate (and achievement) requires a paradigm shift. It requires ongoing conversations and encouragement from courageous leaders who take a “whole child” approach. We have gathered tools here to help you inspire that change.

Finding your ACE Score and Resiliency Score:

School Discipline Beliefs / Values Reframe Worksheet                                                    Please email

Understanding Behavior                            

Teaching Restorative Practices with Classroom Circles

Implementing Restorative Justice, A Guide for Schools

Ongoing Professional Development

Overview / Implementation                                                                                        

Student Advocacy Center has been helping develop alternative plans to suspension for many, many years. We have experience working one-on-one with students, parents and schools, as well as helping schools think about improving their policies. We know that one “program” doesn’t cut it when tackling the complex challenge of school discipline. Our training helps to think about the “why” and digs into a whole host of practices (administrative, prevention, intervention, alternatives to suspension) and practical tools. Contact for more information.

Positive behavior approaches

Trauma Trainings                                                                                       Tana Bridge, PhD, ACTP, CCFP, Trainer and Consultant: Trauma, Adverse Childhood Experiences, Compassion Fatigue/Vicarious Trauma,                                                                          
Phillip Hamberg, (early childhood)

Michigan Collaborative for Mindfulness in Education (MC4ME),

Restorative Practices

Handout on Restorative Practices Continuum:
MDE’s Resource Page:,4615,7-140-74638_72831_72833-361320–,00.html                                                                            Mediation Centers around the state may be able to help with training and ongoing implementation:
 Neutral Zone offers an interactive, two-day training for schools on restorative practices and helps schools understand how restorative practices can encourage authentic youth voices in schools.
Black Family Development is based out of Detroit and is IIRP certified.
Nancy Schertzing is based out of Lansing and has extensive experience helping schools implement restorative practices.
Restorative Circle Manual,

Cultural Humility
Shayla Griffin,

Youth Voice
Neutral Zone’s Youth Drive Spaces training

DaQuann W. Harrison,                                                    Educational / Motivational Speaker

Social-Emotional Learning
Michigan Model for Health,,4615,7-140-74638_72831_72836-362901–,00.html#one

School Learning Community – Experts
Michigan School Justice Partnership,
Scott Menzel, (restorative practices implementation, policy)
RJ Webber, (restorative practices implementation)
Paul Salah,  (cultural competence, PBIS resources, policy)
Cory McElmeel, (restorative practices implementation – peer restorative groups)
Dr. Sarena Shivers, (cultural competence, professional learning communities, trauma)
Scott Buchler, (alternatives, school practices)
Abe Mashhour,                                                                        Dwight Wilson, retired school administrator, (student voice, reducing suspensions)

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