Legal Digest and Ed311 had a busy week at the recent SXSW Edu conference in Austin, TX, and we wanted to take a moment to share some of our top highlights with you!

Restorative Discipline Practices: Author Panel and Book Signing

Three of the co-authors of our new book, “Restorative Discipline Practices” – Eloise Sepeda, Jennifer Karydas, and Robert Rico – spoke on the subject on a panel called “How Restorative Justice Can Impact Your Community!” The authors shared their diverse success stories in implementing Restorative Practices in communities and schools. AISD Superintendent Dr. Paul Cruz named it as one of the three events he was most excited to attend, telling Community Impact Newspaper, “Our district has done great work—and we must do more—in moving from a punitive-based discipline model to a relationship-based model. This panel will be a good place to learn about new ways to support our kids.”

Afterward, the authors were featured at a book signing at the SXSW Edu bookstore. Learn more about our Restorative Discipline Practices book!

Transgender Student Rights in K-12 Education

A topic that is near and dear to our hearts, panelists at this event spoke about how our schools can and should do a better job of creating a safe atmosphere for transgendered students and engaging the parent community in the conversation.

Read more about the panel, and also learn more about our Transgender Legal Rights Guide.

Keynote Speakers: Christopher Emdin and Sara Goldrick-Rab

We enjoyed the keynote speeches from Columbia University Professor Dr. Christopher Emdin and Temple University sociologist Sara Goldrick-Rab. Dr. Emdin spoke about the absence of diversity among teachers and the need to include student voices in designing education; Goldrick-Rab spoke about the value and price of higher education in today’s society. Watch both of the keynotes online!

Dr. Emdin Keynote

Goldrick-Rab Keynote

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