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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.…

Difficult Conversations about Michael Brown and Ferguson, Missouri

Hands upAugust, 2014: An unarmed black teenager shot dead by a white police officer. Angry citizens marching in the streets. Violence from protesters and a militarized police force retaliating with more violence. It’s likely that your students have heard about the killing of Michael Brown and the ensuing events in Ferguson, Missouri, or that they saw it on TV or the internet.…

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.

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.…