Tag Archives: equity

How Can We #Rethink Discipline?

On July 22, 2015 educators gathered at the White House to Rethink School Discipline.

“The conference sought to advance the national conversation about reducing the overuse of unnecessary out of school suspensions and expulsions and replacing these practices with positive alternatives that keep students in school and engaged in learning, but also ensure accountability.”

As I participated in the Twitter conversation #rethinkdiscipline, I began to think about ways we could avoid reaching the point where we have to suspend students.…

The Struggle Continues: Racial Disparity in School Discipline

By Photo by Warren K. Leffler [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Photo by Warren K. Leffler [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”

– Excerpt from “I Have a Dream,” speech given by Martin Luther King, Jr., August 28, 1963, Washington, D.C.

New School Climate and Discipline Guidelines Released by the Federal Government

Many schools try to be fair when disciplining students, but it’s challenging. Recent studies confirm that African-American students and students who have disabilities are far more likely to be suspended, arrested or kicked out of school than their fellow students. This can result in a school-to-prison outcome for some students.…

Meaningful Conversations about Disciplinary Equity

I recently attended the “Closing the School Discipline Gap” conference organized by the UCLA Center for Civil Rights Remedies and the Research to Practice Collaborative on Race and Gender Disparities in Discipline. The school discipline gap, i.e., inequitable discipline outcomes for students from different racial/ethnic backgrounds and abilities, affects students across the country.…