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School Engagement & Suspension Alternatives Project (SESAP)

Published on: 4/17/2013 10:27 AM
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Keeping on-track to High School Graduation Through Suspension Alternatives and School Engagement

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

East Side Union High School District

The use of suspensions and expulsions disproportionately impacts Latino and African American youth pushing them out of the school system and in some cases into the juvenile justice system. Over 120 Principals, Assistant Principals, Teachers, Student Advisors, Social Workers​ and community members representing the 12 high schools at ESUHSD attended a workshop presented by the National Center for School Engagement (NCSE). During the three hour workshops educators received information about how to use school engagement strategies to reduce suspensions and increase high school graduation rates.

This is an ongoing project of the PDO that will enlist the services of NCSE to provide technical assistance to four ESUHSD schools as they embark on a process to assess their discipline policies and implement alternatives to out-of-school suspensions. Our goal is to increase school engagement, reduce the use of suspensions and improve academic achievement by supporting teachers and students.

Please check back for more information on this project as the 2012-2013 school year progresses.