December 17 - The Discipline Disparities Research to Practice Collaborative has released its latest paper in the Discipline Disparities Series entitled, You Can’t Fix What You Don’t Look At: Acknowledging Race in Addressing Racial Discipline Disparities. The authors highlight how our interactions across racial lines continue to yield differential outcomes in school discipline, with devastating consequences for many youth of color. Instead of avoiding the topic, the paper suggests giving schools specific recommendations for addressing the difficulties in tackling the racial dynamics in disparities in discipline.
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September 16 - Equity Project Director Russell Skiba, presented information about national trends in school discipline to the Indiana General Assembly’s Education Study Committee today. The committee met to discuss student discipline and the suspension, expulsion, or exclusion of students from school. He told the committee zero tolerance discipline policies and the overuse of out-of-school suspensions lead students to disengage from academics, drop out, and even commit crimes.
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August 7 - Dr. Skiba and Collaborative authors on 2 Panels at APA Convention in D.C.
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June 5 - The Council of State Governments Justice Center releases massive catalog of promising strategies for reforming school discipline
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April 9, 11AM - Discipline Disparities Collaborative leaders Russ Skiba and James Bell in DC at USDOJ meeting on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
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New Discipline Disparities Briefing Papers Series Released
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New book chapter by Dr. Skiba: "Racial and Ethnic Disproportionality in Suspension and Expulsion"
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New Equity Project study finds race is still front and center in school suspension and expulsion.
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Washington Post article quotes Dr. Skiba: New Racial Gap Data Out on School Arrests.
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Newsletter appearing in the Journal of Positive Behavior Interventions submitted by Research Associates Lauren Shure, Heather Ormiston, and Michele Bretano.
PBIS Indiana: Applying Culturally Responsive Practice to Positive Behavior Supports.
New York Times article on School Discipline and Minorities by Dr. Skiba:
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Two New Publications on Disproportionality in School Discipline by Dr. Skiba:
Race is not neutral: A national investigation of African American and Latino disproportionality in school discipline.
African American disproportionality in school discipline: The divide between best evidence and legal remedy.
Documentary filmmaker Stanley Nelson
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.
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Two PBIS Indiana sessions presented at the International PBIS Conference in Denver
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.
Race is Not Neutral: Understanding and
Addressing Disproportionality in School Discipline
Applying Culturally Responsive Practice to Positive Behavior Supports
Dr. Skiba delivers high profile address on school security at the Sorbonne in France
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.
Leadership for Equity and Excellence Forum
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
Disproportionality Solutions Summit: Turning It Around!
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:
- Assessment and Progress Monitoring: Applications at the System and Student Level. Leah M. Nellis, Ph.D., NCSP.
- Building-Based Intervention Strategies. Danny Mendez, Principal, Southport Elementary.
- Understanding Evidence-based Curriculum and Instruction, Interventions and Extension. Molly Seward, NBCT.
- Coordinated Early Intervening Services. Indiana Department of Education.
- Leadership for Change. Tara Rinehart, MS, and Brett Bollinger, Ed.D.
- Responses and Remedies to Disproportionality in Special Education: Beyond Compliance. Daniel J. Losen.
- Phonics is the Solution for Teaching Reading to Young At-Risk Learners. Rebecca Martínez Reid, Ph.D.
- Breaking Down the Data: Developing a Deeper Understanding at the District Level. Daniel J. Losen.
- Cultural Responsivity. Shana Ritter.
- Turning It Around: Strategies for Working with Culturally Diverse Students. Renae Azziz, Ed.S., NCSP.
- School-Wide Positive Behavior Support
with Cultural Competence. Jefri Voelkel, M.Ed., and Carmen Garcia-Harris, M.Ed.
- Engaging Families and the Community to Address Disproportionality. Julie Havill-Weems and Maura Robinson.