In September, CJJR held the School-Justice Partnerships and Diversion Pathways Certificate Program in partnership with American Institutes for Research (AIR) and the National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice (NCMHJJ). The nine state and local teams came from the following jurisdictions:
- Fairfield County, Ohio
- Fulton County, Georgia
- Jefferson County, New York
- Nassau County, New York
- Peoria County, Illinois
- Summit County, Ohio
- Spokane, Washington
The program began with a welcome luncheon at the University’s historic Riggs Library and a scavenger hunt that let participants explore the National Mall from the lens of education and youth justice, while also bonding with their teammates and cohort. The 55 participants then spent the remainder of the week being trained by national experts on best practices in serving at-risk students, exploring critical domains such as cross-systems policies and practices, supportive school discipline, trauma informed classrooms, implicit bias and cultural responsively, the role of SROs, school-based diversion, and disrupting school-justice pathways for youth with behavioral health needs. The weeklong training will inform the development and implementation of participants’ local Capstone Project reform efforts to improve academic and social outcomes for youth at risk.
In addition to CJJR staff, the core instructor team included leaders from AIR, NCMHJJ, the National Association of School Resource Officers, the National Center for Child Traumatic Stress, Anne Arundel County Public Schools, Connecticut Judicial Branch Court Support Services Division, Wyoming Department of Education, Prevention Partnerships, LLC, Denver Public Schools, the Stoneleigh Foundation, the San Diego County Office of Education, and judges from North Carolina and Ohio.
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