Compliance to compassion: Supporting students, teachers, and staff in challenging times

The past two years have been challenging – teachers, children, and families are struggling. There has been an increase in stress behaviors in the classroom. The approach to “managing” behavior in many schools is failing children, educators, and families. This full-day virtual event will focus on hope and solutions. Join us for the live full-day virtual event!

Ending the School-to-Prison Pipeline

Our mission is to inform changes in policy and practice to reduce and eliminate the use of punitive discipline and outdated behavioral management approaches and end the school-to-prison pipeline.


About seclusion and restraint

Restraint and seclusion are crisis management strategies that are used in many schools across the nation and the world. Physical Restraint, is exactly what it sounds like, it is a personal restriction that immobilizes or reduces the ability of a student to move his or her torso, arms, legs or head freely. Seclusion is the involuntary confinement of a student alone in a room or area from which the student is physically prevented from leaving. These interventions are dangerous and have led to serious injuries and even death in students, teachers and staff.

Learn more about restraint and seclusion

According to federal guidance restraint and/or seclusion should never be used except in situations where a child’s behavior poses an imminent danger of serious physical harm to self or others, and restraint and seclusion should be avoided to the greatest extent possible without endangering the safety of students and staff.

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Invisible Voices: Wednesday’s Children

The school-to-prison pipeline exist for the rest of the country despite local, state, and national efforts. Why? Inadequate funding and resources for schools, harsh zero-tolerance policies, and police presence in public schools continue to create school environments in which poor and minority students have little chance of succeeding. Fatherless homes, single moms working more than one job, and poverty have increased the number of minority children left alone to fend for themselves, with a lack of strong role models to guide them. In an era of school shootings and other violent behaviors at school, public schools have increased security in the name of protecting students and staff.

Building a seclusion room inside or directly alongside a special education classroom is discrimination

When you build a seclusion room inside or in close proximity to a segregated special education classroom, that is discrimination. It not only signals an intent to discriminate and use seclusion almost exclusively on children in these programs the data backs it up. The best Federal data that we have on seclusion indicates that 77% of seclusions are done to children with disabilities, despite the fact that children with disabilities only make up 16% of total enrollment. State data is often as high as 95-100% of children secluded are children with disabilities. This is discrimination.

Invisible voices: Victims of corporal punishment in the 20th century Catholic School System 

Anyone who attended Catholic school during the 1950’s, ‘60s, and ’70s will attest to the fact that no one does better punishment, seclusion, restraint, and isolation techniques better than the Catholic orders of nuns who taught in the catholic school systems across the United States and Canada. The nuns imposed corporal punishment for inattention, failure to do homework, and any misbehavior in their classroom was met with a brutality unknown to most of the outside world.

Could the First Amendment to the United States Constitution protect your child from physical restraint, seclusion, and corporal punishment?

One day while browsing my overflowing email inbox, I noticed an email from The Satanic Temple (TST). Initially, I assumed it was probably another spam email message. However, when I scanned the subject line, I saw ‘The Satanic Temple’s “Protect Children Project.”‘ Well, this sounded interesting, so I decided to read the email. The email was from Eliphaz Costus, who introduced himself as the campaign director of The Satanic Temple’s “Protect Children Project,” which he said was working to protect the bodily autonomy of all members of The Satanic Temple in public schools.

Back to school can be a challenging time for neurodivergent students

Back to school is generally seen as a time for new clothes, new teachers, and new challenges for students of all ages. To autistic students, students with genetic conditions affecting behavior, and other disabled students, these activities can be fraught with landmines. How will they fit into these learning environments? Will the teachers understand your child’s individual needs? How best can your child access the curriculum while self-regulating his emotions and behavior?

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