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Tenth Annual Urban Child Symposium

Restorative Practices and the Urban Child:

Rethinking School Discipline


Wednesday, April 4, 2018

John and Frances Angelos Law Center Moot Court Room

8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.


2018 Urban Child Symposium  

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The Problem: Disciplinary Practices in Schools

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The Solution: Restorative Practices and Restorative Justice


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Schools around the country, including in Baltimore, use punitive and adversarial practices regularly to combat negative behavior among students. Administrators routinely send students home from school for reasons ranging from failure to wear a required school uniform to fighting with another student. Considerable national research points to the adverse short- and long-term consequences of these practices. Students who experience these adversarial disciplinary practices in school can become marginalized, resulting in chronic absences, academic failure, and school dropout. Many research studies also have pointed to racial and ethnic disparities in youths who receive these punishments. School districts nationwide are exploring preventive, early response disciplinary models that encourage students to engage and thrive in school.

In partnership with the Open Society Institute-Baltimore, the Sayra and Neil Meyerhoff Center for Families, Children and the Courts will devote its tenth annual Urban Child Symposium to an examination of alternatives to harsh school discipline practices.  Education, justice, and policy experts will focus on restorative practices and restorative justice as powerful vehicles to address negative student behavior and to reinforce the school as a community. Panelists will discuss problems that include keeping children in school and graduating on time, addressing children with special needs through restorative practices, improving school climate, and the school-to-prison pipeline, among others.  

For more information, contact Michele Hong-Polansky at or 410-837-5288. 

Thank you for your interest in the 2018 Urban Child Symposium!