This report shares findings from meetings at all of the area districts, including information on local trends in school policies and practices, program highlights, current challenges, and ideas for next steps to enhance existing practices. It outlines how districts across Franklin County and the North Quabbin have created policies and practices that are in line with recent guidance from The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) and that respond to the needs of their local communities. Local survey data is incorporated to provide further context.
In response to local interest, a special section on increasing equity in discipline includes research, best practices and local examples about how to respond to violations.
Throughout the report, clickable links to the Program Descriptions, an appendix and external websites provide an opportunity to learn more about specific programs.
Many thanks to everyone who met with us or provided information for this project!