Supporting the Dignity in Schools Campaign's model code and its call for a moratorium on out-of-school suspensions

The Foundation's Forward Promise initiative was designed to improve the health of young men and boys of color and enhance their opportunities for success in school, work, and life.The Dignity in Schools Campaign (DSC) unites parents, youth, advocates and educators to end harmful discipline practices that disproportionately exclude low-income students of color, and to secure implementation of positive approaches that reduce conflict and improve teaching and learning. In 2012, DSC released A Model Code on Education and Dignity, a set of recommended policies for states, districts and schools to end school pushout. The DSC developed the Code with input from students, parents, educators and advocates as a tool for use in local campaigns. The activities under this grant are to expand its member support by: (1) working one-on-one with members in 4-6 states to implement sections of the Model Code and SNS to reduce suspensions, limit policing in schools, and implement positive discipline; (2) holding 12 webinars and 6 on-the-ground trainings a year in leadership development, positive approaches to discipline, communications and data analysis; (3) holding 3-5 small convenings for members to exchange best practices; and (4) placing 4-6 articles on reducing pushout through positive approaches. DSC is composed of 55 member organizations in Alabama, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Washington and Wisconsin. These states will serve as the initial targets for this project and include six of the ten states with the highest suspension rates.

National Economic and Social Rights Initiative (NESRI) is a grantee of the RWJF Forward Promise Initiative.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $500,000.00

Awarded on: 7/10/2013

Time frame: 7/1/2013 - 12/31/2015

Grant Number: 70955


National Economic and Social Rights Initiative (NESRI)

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New York, NY, 10038-3243


Natalie Chap
Project Director


Liz Sullivan
Project Director