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From Punitive to Restorative:  Transforming School Discipline Under SB100

This 3-hour IFT training is designed for leaders and members who want to deliver this training locally to their preK-12 teacher and/or PSRP constituencies, to district discipline policy committees, and possibly to parent/community groups. 

It provides information into origins of Public Act 99-456 (Senate Bill 100), strategies to implement new discipline policies, context as to how restorative practices fits in to the Act’s requirements, and information to examine and reflect on a case study example. The material has been designed for union leaders to deliver the training in their local/council or in the larger school community.  

All participants will come away with the information and materials they need to provide the training for their local. There are two delivery options: as a 20-30 minute presentation or as a 120-150 minute training which includes activities and a framework to collaboratively determine next steps for local action.  

The Union Response to Student Stress and Trauma

This AFT-IFT training was developed nationally in partnership with several organizations and contains a curriculum in which multi-disciplinary school-based teams learn the core elements of how to respond to student trauma and foster healing. Its focus is on strategies and applications in the school setting by all employees who interact with students.
The curriculum combines four important pillars of the change process needed within our schools: 

  • Healing from trauma
  • Race and gender equity
  • Social emotional learning 
  • Positive school discipline

This three-day training-of-trainers is divided into modules and includes time for the participants – who will become trainers themselves – to both practice and deepen their understanding of the content, as well as to plan for dissemination of the training back at their school site.  Module topics:

  1. Assess readiness
  2. Trauma 101
  3. Systemic forms of oppression as sources of trauma
  4. Resilience 101
  5. Preventing teacher burnout
  6. Building a trauma-informed environment
  7. Systems change
  8. Plan of action

Each school should send a cohort or team of 3-4 employees who will attend the train-the-trainer and then deliver the content back in each school site. The ideal building team for the train-the-trainer should include the following: 

  • A building administrator
  • A teacher
  • A clinician
  • A member of school staff: (i.e. paraprofessional, custodian, clerk)

The curriculum is grounded in current research including the work of Fellitti and Anda; Nelsen and Glenn; Finkelhor, Turner, Ormrod, Hamby, and Kracke; Cole; van der Kolk; Stoudemire; Wolpow and Kincaid; Thuret; and the National Child Trauma Stress Network.  

To learn how to access this training, contact your IFT Field Service Director.




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