October 1, 2018. Knox News.
Eight community organizations are calling on the Knox County Board of Education to retool its strategic plan with specific goals ranging from reducing class sizes to enhancing the diversity of the district’s workforce.
In a 16-page letter the coalition of organizations sent to board members on Sept. 20, it spells out 10 priorities for the district to adopt in its next three-year strategic plan.
June 13, 2018. Chesterfield Observer.
Chesterfield school officials have committed publicly to expanding trauma-informed care training for staff as part of a “cultural shift” they think will reduce office referrals and out-of-school suspensions and keep children in the classroom.
Now they have to figure out how to pay for it.
May 1, 2018. Knox News
In pressing public officials to take action on social problems in Knox County, Justice Knox doesn’t shy away from tension — it embraces it.
“Collectively, we raise our voice and call for our public officials to hear their constituents,” Justice Knox Co-president Rev. Meredith Loftis told the hundreds of people who packed into Central United Methodist Church on Monday evening.
“This will cause tension, but let’s be clear, it is tension borne of hearts that care.”
April 19, 2018. The Post and Courier.
The two boys were play-fighting, until suddenly they weren’t. The slap rang out at Northwoods Middle School.
Students at Northwoods are bound by the same rules and consequences as anyone else in the Charleston County School District. But thanks to a pilot program that started at their school and four others last year, the students also have a unique opportunity to face one another and make amends for their mistakes.
The pilot program is known as “restorative practices,” an approach to resolving conflicts that emphasizes personal responsibility and healing relationships. The approach was developed by Australian police to work with juvenile offenders in the 1990s, and it has since spread to schools worldwide.