STEP 1. Identify Stakeholders
The convener identifies stakeholders.
STEP 2. Convene Stakeholders
The convener must bring the stakeholders together. At this point, the convener will identify a facilitator, who will engage the stakeholders during the remainder of this process. When gathered, the stakeholders should frame issues using data and research. Stakeholders may wish to consider challenges related to: poverty, zero tolerance policies, suspensions and expulsions, limited access to counseling and mental health services, and funding.
STEP 3. Commit to Shared Outcomes
Stakeholders should establish desired outcomes. Outcomes may include: increased school attendance, improved school safety, use of positive discipline, increased graduation rates, reduced suspensions, and re-enrollment for court-involved youth.
STEP 4. Establish a New Protocol
The heart of a school-justice partnership is the implementation of a formal agreement or protocol developed by the stakeholders. To develop this agreement, the facilitator should guide the stakeholders in answering the following questions:
- Who will decide the terms of the agreement?
- What will be the process for gathering input from stakeholders?
- What school-related offenses should not result in a referral to the court?
- What accountability measures do we have in place or can be established to effectively respond to school-related offenses?
- How will we respond to students that are not amenable to accountability measures because of trauma or other underlying causation?
- How are we going to monitor compliance with the written agreement and measure performance and outcomes?