Overview of IMPACT Tucson Forum, July 30

IMPACT Tucson: Bullying - Behavior - Bravery

Tucson Unified School District and Justice 4 America have partnered together in IMPACT Tucson, a community-wide movement to explore bullying, behavior and the bravery it takes to make meaningful change that leads to a safe learning environment for all children.

On Saturday, July 30, 2016, we held the IMPACT Tucson forum with the goals of the forum informing the community about Tucson Unified's efforts to address bullying, to teach students how to behave appropriately (rather than to punish them), and to empower all stakeholders to have courageous conversations about causes and solutions to systemic discipline issues.

Worthwhile change is never easy. As Tucson Unified is moving toward more restorative and less punitive disciplinary practices while simultaneously strengthening policies to ensure safe campuses, it is experiencing what other districts have found: Some public resistance and negative media about the safety of its schools and the well-being of its students. This leaves students, parents, and community members confused about the District's efforts and conflicted about the ongoing change.

IMPACT Tucson, through the Forum and our ongoing efforts, addresses these issues and more.