The National Center for Youth Opportunity and Justice (NCYOJ) at Policy Research has developed a podcast series designed to support schools and communities with implementation of the School Responder Model Framework. This seven-episode series provides a holistic view of what is needed to implement a successful and robust school responder model. It was produced by the National Center for Youth Opportunity and Justice with support from the National Institute of Justice.

The episodes cover the following topics:

  • The School Responder Model Framework: In this episode, Jacqui Greene, NCYOJ senior advisor, describes what a school responder model is. She shares some of the framework’s history, details the benefits of this framework, and discusses what it means to transform school culture to support students with behavioral health conditions, address disproportionality and bias, and keep students in school and out of the juvenile system.
  • Understanding Trauma: In this episode, Dr. Jeff Vanderploeg, president and chief executive officer of the Child Health and Development Institute of Connecticut (CHDI) and its parent organization, the Children’s Fund of Connecticut; Dr. Jeana Bracey, associate vice president of school and community initiatives at CHDI; and Joe O’Callaghan, department chair of social work at Stamford Public Schools in Connecticut, talk about the importance of understanding trauma and its impact in this podcast.
  • Restorative Approaches (Part 1 and Part 2): In this two-part episode, NCYOJ’s Avery Irons talks with two special guests from New Orleans Accelerated High School (formerly ReNew Accelerated High School) in Louisiana, about restorative approaches and how they relate to school responder models. Part 1 focuses on their restorative practices implementation and lessons learned. Part 2 highlights the school’s implementation goals and challenges, such as reducing racial and ethnic disparities in school discipline and building staff buy-in for restorative practices.
  • Positive Youth Development (Part 1 and Part 2): Positive Youth Development (PYD) is a strengths-based framework that emphasizes building on the abilities, skills, and interests that a young person has and supporting youth in discovering and cultivating their identity. NCYOJ’s Darren Cosgrove and Catherine Kramer describe the PYD framework and how it intersects with school responder model implementation in a two-part discussion. Part one explores strategies for enhancing opportunities for youth and for building collaborative relationships among youth and adults. Part two explores challenges and barriers related to implementing PYD, elements in schools and communities that can facilitate a strong PYD framework, and key principles of PYD.
  • Self-Care and Wellness for Educators: This episode features Lauren Kazee, founder of Living SLOWTM and consultant to NCYOJ. In this discussion, Lauren talks with PRA’s Dr. Crystal L. Brandow about the importance of educator self-care for self-regulation and stress management.

This resource was first shared in 2020.

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