The work of the Discipline Disparities Collaborative is guided by six priorities:
- Reducing disparities in school exclusion & punishment: The goal of the Collaborative is to find active methods supporting educational and policy change to reduce race and gender disparities in school discipline, while maintaining school safety.
- Focus on educational systems: Educational practices and policies constitute the primary focus. While disparities in other systems are important to consider, they become the focus only to the extent they intersect with education.
- Research that has implications for policy and practice: The goal is not research for research sake, but rather to generate new knowledge, or better use existing knowledge that has concrete implications for policy and practice.
- Focus on K-12 grade level: Disparities occur throughout K-12 education, requiring consideration of the entire K-12 spectrum.
- An intersectional approach: We approach disciplinary disparity focusing on the intersections of race/ethnicity, gender, and sexual orientation.
- Attention to structural issues / alterable variables: Rather than focusing on deficits in students, families, or communities, the focus of the Collaborative is to encourage reflection on structural issues that educators and juvenile justice personnel have control over and can change.