Identifying and Addressing Discipline Disparities

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A Regional Educational Laboratory Webinar
Thursday, June 26, 2014, 12–1:30 p.m. PDT

Join us for a webinar presentation and discussion on data trends in discipline disparities from two recent REL studies—REL Northwest’s Suspension and expulsion patterns in six Oregon school districts and REL Mid-Atlantic’s Disproportionality in school discipline: An assessment of trends in Maryland, 2009–12.

The studies, undertaken at the request of the Oregon Leadership Network Research Allianceand the Maryland State Department of Education, respectively, examined exclusionary discipline practices (i.e., suspension and expulsion) and whether there are disparities by race, grade level, or special education status.

In this webinar, the authors of these studies will share their research findings and engage participants in a discussion about the policy and practice implications of disparities in school discipline. Participants will be invited to share their own experiences.

Intended Audience

The webinar is designed for local education agency staff, state education policymakers and administrators, superintendents and assistant superintendents, school board members, teachers, and all other educators.

The Presenters

Presenting their findings are Art Burke and Vicki Nishioka, co-authors of the REL Northwest publication, and Allan Porowski, co-author of the REL Mid-Atlantic study. Sho Shigeoka, Executive Committee Chair of the Oregon Leadership Network Research Alliance, and Equity Coordinator for the Beaverton (OR) School District, will also present on how the research impacts her district’s policies and practices.

The Sponsors

This webinar is cosponsored by four federally funded, regionally based centers: REL Northwest and REL Mid-Atlantic are part of the Regional Educational Laboratory program funded by the Institute of Education Sciences. Region X Equity Assistance Center and Mid-Atlantic Equity Consortium, Inc. belong to a national network funded by the U.S. Department of Education.