David Domenici: Educators Can and Should Break the School-to-Prison Pipeline

Speaking at the New Schools - Aspen Institute Summit 2012 last week, David Domenici challenged educators to embrace troubled (and often challenging) students and to keep them in school, instead of calling the police. 

(watch David's short talk at the 29:45 mark)
He listed 4 focus areas:

  1. Teach inside the fence: many of the schools in juvenile jails need compassionate and well-equipped teachers to work with teens, many of whom are under-educated and special needs.
  2. Increase technology and capacity inside jails: computer labs and classes are often crowded and ill-equipped to handle students who want to learn.
  3. Decrease use of police inside schools: save police calls for situations that pose real threats to safety and that are criminal in nature. Educators and counselors should engage with disruptive students and try to find a solution that keeps them in school.
  4. Prepare and train for tough situations: support programming that equips schools with the tools they need to engage and support students coming from difficult circumstances.

David knows what he's talking about. He's the founder of the Maya Angelou Public Center School in Washington, DC, and was principal of DC's youth correctional facility's school from 2007 to 2011. 
Thanks to Connected by 25 for the tip!

Liz Wu is a Digital Accounts Manager at Prichard Communications, where she oversees digital outreach for Reclaiming Futures and edits Reclaiming Futures Every Day. Before joining the Prichard team, Liz established the West Coast communications presence for the New America Foundation, where she managed all media relations, event planning and social media outreach for their 6 domestic policy programs. Liz received a B.A. in both Peace and Conflict Studies and German from the University of California at Berkeley. She tweets from @LizSF.

Updated: February 08 2018