Understanding Administrators School Discipline Reform Experiences: Applications for School Psychologists

This session is from the NASP 2021 Annual Convention

  • PMD: 6
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Session 1: Promoting Safe and Positive Schools

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. learn about statewide discipline reform and school practices that have been implemented as a result (i.e, restorative practices, training in implicit bias).
  2. understand how administrators view discipline reform based on interviews and their stated needs in terms of professional development and training.
  3. understand how school psychologists can contribute to facilitate school discipline reform and restorative practices at the local level.


This presentation will describe the results of qualitative interviews completed with administrators about their perspectives on the implementation of Senate Bill 100 (SB100). SB100 is statewide school discipline reform legislation passed in 2016 meant to reduce suspension, expulsion and disciplinary transfers and address long-standing racial disparities within such practices. The presenters will highlight implications of the findings for both administrators and school psychologists enacting school discipline reform.



Pamela A. Fenning, Loyola University Chicago
Shamia Clark, Loyola University Chicago
Kaelyn C. Green, Loyola University Chicago
Taylor A. Williamson, Loyola University Chicago


Brandon Westerman, Katherine Bermudez, Nicolas E. Gatz


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