Today as part of a White House convening on rethinking school discipline, Atlantic Philanthropies released a new report - Tilling the Field: Lessons on Philanthropy's Role in School Discipline Reform - about key lessons that have emerged from the collective efforts to reform school discipline policies and practices. Atlantic's Kavitha Mediratta highlighted the report during her moderation of a panel on collective impact.
The report was authored by Leila Feister, and commissioned by Atlantic as part of the Atlas Learning Project. As Leila writes, "Anyone concerned about how the futures of millions of children are jeopardized because of discipline practices that unfairly exclude students from U.S. public schools will be heartened by this story about how transformative change can happen. It’s a story of how students and parents, civil rights advocates, academics, policymakers and government came together – with help from philanthropy – to advance reform."
Tilling the Field explores a four-year, $47 million school discipline reform initiative that Atlantic launched in 2010 to promote policies and practices that would keep vulnerable children in school, rather than on the path to prison. The report offers lessons for funders, grantees, government partners, and those interested in building movements.