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In 2017 Pittsburgh Public Schools became the first school district in Pennsylvania to pass a ban on suspending students in kindergarten through second grade for minor, non-violent offenses. Philadelphia followed by expanding the district’s suspension ban from kindergarten to include first and second grade.
What are effective ways to support schools and educators implementing a suspension ban policy?
Join us for a conversation to review the policy background, current context, and the importance of a developmentally appropriate practice (DAP) in teaching young children and addressing behaviors.
Discussion will focus on content from the Trying Together white paper Advance Developmentally Appropriate Practice: How Young Children Learn which highlights the importance of play in a child’s learning and development of cognitive, social, and emotional skills. Additionally, we will discuss preventative and responsive strategies to create an environment that supports educators, families, and children in ways that are intentional, developmentally appropriate, culturally competent, gender responsive, and trauma informed. This session will be interactive and provide participants an opportunity to discuss challenges and share best practices. Trying Together will exclusively release the white paper – End Early Childhood Suspension and Expulsions: Developmentally Appropriate Practices and Policies for Addressing Behaviors in School Settings – to attendees of the Lunch and Learn.