in trying to think about how we can make a difference, ignore the small daily differences we can make which,over time, add up to big difference that we often cannot foresee.
Marian Wright Edelman
Award winning filmmaker Stanley Nelson known for such documentaries as Freedom Riders and The Murder of Emmett Till was interviewed by The Equity Project's Shana Ritter.
The Association for Positive Behavior Support (APBS) held the Eighth International Conference on Positive Behavior Support (PBS), The Expanding World of PBS: Science, Values, & Vision in Denver, Colorado, March 10-12, 2011. Representatives from PBIS Indiana gave three presentations.
Professor in Counseling and Educational Psychology at the IU School of Education Russ Skiba provided the keynote speech on April 7, 2010 at a conference organized by the French Minister of Education in Paris. The conference, called “Les Etats Généraux de la sécurité à l’école” (The General Assembly on School Security), came in the wake of a series of incidents of serious violence in schools in France in recent months.
Skiba is director of The Equity Project, a consortium of research projects offering evidence-based information to educators and policymakers on equity in special education and school discipline, based in the Center for Evaluation and Education Policy (CEEP). A frequent source for national media stories on school violence, his expertise is sought worldwide.
The presentation by Skiba has received extensive media coverage in France, including interviews for LeMonde, the French evening newspaper, and the Paris daily Libération. Skiba told Libération that the policy of “zero tolerance” in the U.S. has not been shown to be effective and recommended that the delegates to the assembly act on three levels to reduce school violence. He said the effort should actively teach all students the elements of safe and civil behavior, include active work with students identified as at-risk students, and have plans in place for students who engage in violence or disruption.
Skiba’s presentation is available online here. He delivers his speech in French at the 7th video stream from the top of the page. Just below it, Skiba answers audience questions in English.
Many of the articles on Skiba’s Paris appearance are online. You can read a Google French-to-English translation of the Libération article here; the translation of the LeMonde article is available here.
More about The Equity Project, including details of ongoing and past projects and resources is available on the project’s web site.
The Equity Project will be presenting at the Leadership for Equity and Excellence Forum where "educators, policy makers, students, parents, advocacy groups, and community members gather to share current research and best practices about building and strengthening systems of educational equity."
February 16 and 17, 2010
April 20 and 21, 2009
Special Guest Speaker
Daniel Losen of The Civil Rights Project
The first day featured a keynote by Indiana Rep. Greg Porter and concurrent sessions on cultural responsivity, using data to address equity, alternatives to suspensions and expulsions, progress monitoring, family and community partnerships, strategies to work effectively with culturally diverse students, leadership and more.
The second day featured a keynote by Dan Losen and facilitated planning for school corporation teams to develop action plans to address disproportionality at the local level.
Presentations from the Summit: