Ending the School to Prison Pipeline
The School to Prison Pipeline is a process by which students are pushed out of schools through disciplinary policies like “zero tolerance” and potentially end up in prison. Leonard Webb is one of the foremost speakers on the “School to Prison Pipeline”. He has used his experience to provide practical approaches to address reductions in the overall use of exclusionary discipline but also focuses on issues of implicit biases and structural racism. Exclusionary discipline can lead to lower grades, higher dropout rates and higher incarceration rates. By treating students and one another as creative thinkers and creative beings, we expand what is possible.
About Leonard Webb
Mr. Webb is focused on directly addressing the school to prison pipeline by providing equity based solutions, bringing accountability to school leaders while increasing attendance and decreasing suspension/ expulsions.
He is a retired law enforcement professional turned life coach/ youth advocate. Leonard is also an adjunct faculty member teaching Criminal Justice at Potomac State College of West Virginia University. He offers a unique perspective about the School to Prison Pipeline as well as solutions. He has seen both ends of the pipeline. He has seen young people enter his office in prison and young people with similar demographics enter his college classroom. This led him to find out, “Why ?”.
He learned those students who drop out of school exit the school door eventually take to the streets, away from any structure, probably away from any responsible adults, looking for something but not knowing exactly what. It doesn’t take long before they follow the prison pipeline. Some don’t drop out but they are involved in school discipline. Due to zero tolerance policies and being identified as “at risk” they are sent to alternative schools or court programs which are set up like prisons.
Leonard’s hope is to highlight the pressing need for addressing these issues and ending the pipeline to prison. He provides coaching and strategies to young people to break this cycle and focus on academic success and resilience. He consults and trains educators with strategies to help them connect with students, focus on student’s strengths, and provide the support that improves behavior rather than relying on discipline.
Who We Have Served
Ladonna Shankle Harlan
Judge, Dallas, Texas
Principal, Cumberland, Md.
We will continue to use Leonard Webb as a speaker for our professional development as we continue to confront our implicit biases. He is a breath of fresh air.
Laura Nedd Shelton
Testing Coordinator, Bladensburg, Md.
His presentation was purposeful and for many will be impacting their decisions. His presentation will help shape their future