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Discipline Practices within the SWIFT Framework

There is a national conversation happening around school discipline—from multiple perspectives.  Whether the conversation is stemming from the perspective of juvenile justice, the impact on student learning, or building safer school environments, these discussions are incredibly rich and valuable.

The SWIFT Center is excited to announce the release of a new Issue Brief “School Discipline Policy Considerations in a SWIFT Framework” as another resource to contribute to this conversation.  The Brief offers a broad review of the current research on discipline, with a specific focus on policy, and it concludes with a variety of action steps that align with the SWIFT Domains and Features.  This Issue Brief is a resource for all stakeholders involved in transformation work, including parents and family members, teachers, administrators, and policy-makers and influencers.

This Issue Brief is available for download and sharing from the SWIFT Schools website, and we welcome the opportunity to engage in a conversation through the SWIFT Talk Community of Practice.  Happy reading.

- Jenny Stonemeier

Jenny has spent her career working with and on behalf of children and adults with disabilities. After graduating from the University of Iowa, she began her work as a music therapist with children and adults with disabilities in educational and community settings. In searching for an outlet for her advocacy tendencies, and strategies to more immediately address the needs of her clients, she completed a Master’s degree in child and family law through Loyola University Chicago School of Law. In addition to learning that she did NOT want to be an attorney, she became deeply involved in supporting families as they navigated special education, which eventually lead her to working for a Parent Training and Information Center. Through the PTI she gained hands-on experience in public policy, grassroots organizing, and systems change efforts resulting is the passage of substantial legislation affecting the use of seclusion and restraint in schools. Her primary philosophy is “Use Your Power for Good”. She currently serves as the Director of Education Policy with TASH, where her work focuses primarily on TASH’s partnership with the SWIFT Center to build school wide inclusive practices that improve the academic and behavioral outcomes for all children. Jenny describes herself this way: An advocate for people, some of whom have disabilities. A mom of two, one of whom has disabilities. A policy wonk. And public education evangelist.