News & Events

Apr 13

What does Restorative Justice look like in elementary school communities? What are the possibilities in elementary schools? Come meet & learn with elementary school educators who are working to transform their schools through restorative justice practices.

Join TU Peer Exchange
Saturday, April 25th
Location: Neighborhood Preservation Center
232 E 11th Street

Please RSVP here

Apr 8

Have some thoughts and questions about police arrests, summonses, and scanning in NYC schools?

Join Teachers Unite + Dignity in Schools-NY + the Student Safety Coalition at a

Hearing for the Student Saftey Act
Tuesday, April 14
City Hall, NYC
Begins at 1pm

The Student Safety Act (SSA) requires quarterly reporting by the DOE and NYPD to the City Council on school safety and disciplinary issues, including incidents involving arrests and suspensions of students. Since its enactment in 2011, the SSA has provided policymakers and the public with data to study the impact of disciplinary practices. The enhanced transparency has fueled important conversations and policy changes to keep students in the classroom.

Now, in 2015, amendments are needed to increase data transparency and to ensure the students, parents, advocates, educators and policy makers have a complete picture of New York City’s school discipline practices and their impact on our city’s children. More info in attached PDF!

Let us know if you’re interested in testifying!

Students, teachers, parents—all are encouraged to attend.

Mar 5

Come meet students at Fannie Lou as they present and lead us through their experience in restorative circles in building community and addressing conflict at Fannie Lou. Lets come together to exchange ideas of working to transform our Bronx public schools through restorative justice practices.

Hosted by Fannie Lou Hamer High School
Tuesday, April 28th
4:00 to 6pm
1021 Jennings St., Bronx NY
2 train to Freeman Street
4 / 5 / 6 train to Whitlock Ave

Please RSVP here

Questions email Katie {at} teachersunite {dot} net

All are welcome—school staff, students, parents, community members
& food will be provided!


Math & Science: Pushing Back Against #School Pushout

Calling Science & Math Teachers!

How can math & science classrooms fight back against school pushout? How are math & science educators creating student-centered, relevant, and restorative learning environments? Join with other teachers interested in sharing resources and building community at the

Science & Math Educator Meetup

Pushing back against #SchoolPushout in our classrooms

Thursday, October 16th
5:30 to 7pm
YA-YA Network
224 W. 29th Street, 14th Floor

A/C/E/N/Q/R/1/2/3to 34th St

All are welcome—bring a snack to share!
Please RSVP:
Flyer attached

Week of Action 2013 #EdsResist #SchoolPushout

Did you know that on average states spend states spend $5.7 Billion a Year on the Juvenile Justice System Instead of our Schools?

Join us for the Dignity in Schools National Week of Action Against #SchoolPushout to demand #SolutionsNotSuspensions at the NYC events below!

Watch & share the promo video here


Dignity in Schools National Week of Action
Restorative Justice Workshop!

Come meet students, educators, parents, & community members in NYC who are working to transform their schools through restorative justice practices.
Workshop will be led by staff & students of West Side High School

Thursday, October 9th
5 to 7pm
Edward A. Reynolds West Side High School

140 West 102nd Street
1 / B / C to 103rd Street


Food & drinks will be provided
Students, edcuators, parents—all are welcome!
Flyer attached below

#EdsResist #SchoolPushout #EducationIsTheKey #WoA2014


Town Hall Hearing
Breaking Silence: A Hearing on Girls of Color

Girls for Gender Equity and The African American Policy Forum come together to ask:

Why are girls of color...
OVERLY-DISCIPLINED through suspensions, zero tolerance and arrests in school?
INCARCERATED at the highest rates in history?
DISCONNECTED from family & community?
OVER-SEXUALIZED in the media?
HARMED by abuse, trauma, and violence?
TRAFFICKED and sexually abused?

What can we do about it?
On International day of the girl, cis and trans girls will tell you #WhyWeCantWait

Saturday, October 11
12pm to 4pm
Columbia Law Review

435 W 116th St, New York, New York 10027

Childcare and lunch provided for confirmed guests

More info on Facebook
Flyer attached below

Interested in connecting cis and transgender girls of color and gender nonconforming youth of color ages 13-24 to testify at the event? Email

Elementary Ed Teacher or Parent? Fill out this survey!

The School-to-Prison Pipeline starts in K-5

Recent articles describe how racial bias manifests in the discipline of elementary school students.

Are you an elementary educator or parent?

Please take a moment to fill out this survey about your experiences with student pushout, the School-to-Prison Pipeline, and overly punitive & racially disproportionate discipline in K-5 schools.

Contribute to the conversation about what’s working in schools and what needs & challenges in building community and restorative approaches to discipline school communities are facing.

Survey here:

Thank you!

Sept 30: Queens Restorative Justice Meetup!

Come meet students, school staff, parents, and community members in Queens public schools who are working to transform their schools through restorative justice practices

Tuesday, September 30th
4:30 to 6pm

Hosted by the NYC Academy for Discovery, PS 306
95-16 89th Avenue, Woodhaven, NY 11421
J/Z to Woodhaven Blvd / Parking available

All are welcome—school staff, students, parents, community members—& food will be provided!

Flyer attached below.
Please RSVP:

Take Action Now: Ending Racist Discipline in NYC Schools

September 8, 2014

You may have seen Chancellor Fariña’s statement in the Daily News last week about delaying the release of the 2014-2015 Discipline Code. What’s the hold up?

Young people, parents, and educators know what schools need to create safe communities for all: see statements released in response to the Chancellor from Dignity in Schools and the Urban Youth Collaborative.

Now you can take action! Ask your school to sign on to this letterdemanding systemic changes so that schools have the resources, support, and policy in place to stop the School-to-Prison pipeline in NYC.

Are you a member of your UFT Chapter? Parent Association? Student Leadership Council? Restorative Justice team? All of the above? The city needs to hear from people on the ground about what they need to make schools caring communities for all.

Please sign on with your school by Friday, September 12th!

Thank you for taking action.