At one point, Urban Assembly Unison middle school in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn was considered a low-performing school with disruptive and violent incidents among students with distrust in staff. This was five years ago when the principal realized things needed to change so teachers could regain trust from the students.

Principal Emily Paige describes the school district as highly segregated. “We serve predominantly Black and brown students here and the school is a title 1 with 85% getting free and reduced lunch,” she said.

Five years ago, the school was following a zero-tolerance policy that relied on punishment and consequences for every action as soon as students entered the door. Paige said that approach was serving was serving the school to prison pipeline. Student surveys revealed students did not trust the school staff.

BEDFORD-STUYVEANT, Brooklyn (PIX11) — At one point, Urban Assembly Unison middle school in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn was considered a low-performing school with disruptive and violent incidents among students with distrust in staff. This was five years ago when the principal realized things needed to change so teachers could regain trust […]

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