AFT Summit on Alternatives to Suspension and Restorative Practices Planned for Practitioners

The American Federation of Teachers (AFT) will be hosting a first-time summit for school practitioners on March 21–22, 2014, dedicated to developing practical strategies for alternatives to suspension and restorative practices for schools such as reducing violence and bullying, restoring relationships, and repairing harm. This summit comes after the release of  the January 8 Civil Rights Data Collection, an analysis of new data on access to college, teacher equity, retention, access to pre-K programs, discipline, and other differences that underlie opportunity gaps in education. The summit, Restorative Practices in School Settings, will be held in Washington, D.C. at the Washington Court Hotel. Registration is $75 per person and is nonrefundable. District teams of superintendents, administrators, educators, support personnel, and school-based mental health professionals are encouraged to attend. To register, go to