Joint DSC and NAACP LDF Sample ESSA Letter to State Education Departments - (Document)

Here you will find a sample ESSA letter to state education departments created by the Dignity in Schools Campaign and our federal partner NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. This letter can be used as an advocacy tool to urge state departments of education:

Measuring School Climate in ESSA - (Document)
DSC ESSA Scorecard on State Plans - (Document)
DSC ESSA Checklist on State Plans - (Document)
School Climate in ESSA State Plans - (Document)

In December 2015, Congress passed and President Obama signed into law the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which replaces No Child Left Behind. DSC members were actively engaged in the crafting of ESSA, which includes several important provisions relating to school climate and discipline. States are now in the process of developing their ESSA plans to submit to the U.S.

Civil Rights Data Collection Webinar 2016 - (Document)

Here you will find the Dignity in Schools Campaign's most recent webinar presentation with the latest U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights Data Collection (CRDC) for the 2013-2014 school year. The presentation includes the following: 

1. Why the CRDC and how to use as an advocacy tool?

2. Overview of CRDC website and accessing local information. 

Youth and Parents will Continue the Fight for Quality Public Education for All Students - (Blog entry)

Yesterday, Betsy DeVos, President Trump’s nominee for U.S. Secretary of Education, was confirmed by 50 Senators and Vice President Mike Pence. As a national coalition of over 100 organizations from across the country and Washington DC, the Dignity in Schools Campaign (DSC) stands in unity with education justice stakeholders to continue fighting to ensure equity and human rights in public education. 

Moratorium/Model Code Call - (Event)

The Moratorium/Model Code call is a space for members who have received Moratorium/Model Code support funds to: 1) Provide updates on their local campaigns; and 2) Plan and strategize around implementation of the DSC Model Code on Education and Dignity and the Solutions Not Suspensions Initiative.


Federal Strategies Call - (Event)

The Federal Strategies call is a space for members to learn about and develop federal policy recommendations and national action strategies for promoting positive alternatives to zero-tolerance discipline, and to plan DSC Days at the Capital. 


Monthly Membership Call - (Event)

The DSC Membership calls are a space for members, especially youth, parents and educators who are unable to participate in the daytime calls, to: 1) Learn about successes and challenges from members around the country; 2) Share information and give input into campaign developments and Coordinating Committee updates; and 3) Discuss and vote on major campaign decisions to ensure that D