IVY Ranch SUSPENSION PROGRAM

Providing support to our educators and parents, giving kids tools, helping teens heal so they can get back on track towards graduation.

what's the problem?

National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (2017) found that in the state of Utah it costs tax-payers $118,000 per year to incarcerate one adolescent child.

Miami-Dade County Public Schools (2006) conducted a Longitudinal retrospective analysis on suspensions and they found that there are high correlations between suspensions and lower academic scores and achievement.

 

Reuters (2009) teaches us that disproportionate amounts of kids of color and kids with disabilities are getting suspended- nearly 30% more than Caucasian kids.

The George Lucas Educational Foundation (2013) And research shows that most students who get suspended end up getting suspended twice.

The Bureau of Justice Statistics (2010) shows us that 56.7% of kids who go to juvenile detention are back in jail within one year. 

A STUDY BY TEXAS A&M FOUND: "THE SINGLE GREATEST PREDICTOR OF FUTURE INCARCERATIONS WERE DISCIPLINARY REFERRALS IN SCHOOL."

(THE SCHOOL TO PRISON PIPELINE)

Why School Suspension?

Our founder, Jessie Funk, was suspended from school four times in 7th and 8th grades. She was struggling in life, and while that is no excuse for her bad behavior, it was the reason. Suspension only exacerbated her frustration and secured the label of "bad girl" in her mind- motivating her to live up to that expectation. It wasn't until her wonderful principal decided to invest in her by choosing a suspension alternative, a leadership camp, did she begin to heal and change. The camp TAUGHT her how to correct the negative behavior and how to process frustration in a healthy way. Suspension doesn't teach. Love teaches. Nature teaches. What kids don't talk out, they act out.

 

There are better ways to discipline.

 

 

 

Proven alternatives to suspension and other resources

Jessie's Story

 

RESTORATIVE JUSTICE

 

  • See Restorative Justice in Action with Jessie Funk and friends

  • New Methods of Disciplining Children: Alternative to Suspension Program

  • restorative justice: the evidence

  • Daniel Reisel: The neuroscience of restorative justice

  • Restorative Justice: The Evidence — Report Draws Attention to RJ in the UK

  • More evidence of the effectiveness of restorative justice for young offenders

  • Whole school change through restorative practices

  • Restorative Justice: What Works

  • Moving on - a short film about restorative justice

  • Introducing Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth

  • What is restorative justice? Director of SFU's Centre for Restorative Justice explains

  • Restorative Practices to Resolve Conflict/Build Relationships: Katy Hutchison at TEDxWestVancouverED

  • The Animated Intro to Restorative Justice

  • Repairing our schools through restorative justice: Jean Klasovsky at TEDxWellsStreetED

  • Rethinking the Impact of Traditional Justice: Natalie DeFreitas at TEDxVancouver

  • Colorado high school replaces punishment with 'talking circles'

  • Oprah Restorative Justice (Part 1)

  • Giving victims a voice - restorative justice

 

CHARACTER EDUCATION

 

  • A FREE, online, week-long character building program you can utilize TODAY! (Developed by a Utah company)

  • Mobilizing for Evidence-based Character Education

  • What Works In Character Education

  • K-12 CURRICULA Character Education

 

US DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

 

  • #RethinkDiscipline through Teacher Leadership

  • #RethinkDiscipline What Communities Should Know about School Resource Officers

  • Rethinking Discipline to Improve School Climate

  • School Climate & Discipline

  • Educators Gather at the White House to Rethink School Discipline

  • Reducing Suspensions and Rethinking Discipline

 

SCHOOL TO PRISON PIPELINE

  • Fixing the time in youth crime: Long, harsh sentences not seen as way to rehabilitate

  • Budget ax falls on Utah's juvenile justice system

  • More than half of Utah’s youth offenders return to detention

  • UTAH BOARD OF JUVENILE JUSTICE

  • Helping Juvenile Offenders on Their Own “Turf”: Tracking the Recidivism Outcomes of a Home-based Paraprofessional Intervention

  • The Price of Prisons: Utah

  • The Costs of Confinement: Why Good Juvenile Justice Policies

 

SOLUTIONS NOT SUSPENSIONS

 

  • It's Time for California Schools to Stop Suspending More Students Than They Graduate

  • Solutions Not Suspensions

  • CA Statewide Hearing - Exploring Solutions and Alternative Discipline Policies

  • Dignity in Schools: safe and supportive schools without Suspensions

  • San Francisco schools need solutions, not suspensions

 

WILDERNESS THERAPY

 

  • Therapy gone wild -More psychologists are using the wilderness as a backdrop and therapeutic tool in their work.

  • Does Wilderness Treatment Work? Does It Last?

  • Wilderness Therapy is Effective Research Support for a Wilderness-based Model of Intervention for Youth

  • Understanding the Impact of Wilderness Therapy on Adolescent Depression and Psychosocial Development

  • Rethinking Character Education: Challenging the Conventional Wisdom About Camping & Kids

 

TOOLS FOR PARENTS

 

  • How to Give Kids Consequences That Work

  • Specific Evidence-Based Treatment Programs

  • h43Responding to Misbehavior

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