Here is a collection of videos from the National Education Policy Center Conference which took place during the 2011 DSC National Week of Action. The Dignity in Schools Campaign, National Education Policy Center, and the Annenberg Institute for School Reform hosted a press breifing for the release of the report: “Discipline Policies, Successful Schools and Racial Justice.” The report analyzed data from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights and found that more than 28% of Black middle school boys had been suspended at least once, compared with 10% of white males nationwide.
Wanda Parker, a parent organizer with Citizens for a Better Greenville (Greenville, MS) speaks about her experience with school pushout in her son’s school.
Edward Ward, a youth organizer with Blocks Together (Chicago, IL) speaks about his experience with school pushout and working with Blocks Together to introduce restorative practices in Chicago public schools.
Daniel Losen, author of the “Discipline Policies, Successful Schools and Racial Justice” report and director of the Center for Civil Rights Remedies at The Civil Rights Project/Proyecto de Derechos Civiles at UCLA, speaks about his findings.
Kevin Welner, director of the National Education Policy Center (NEPC) at the University of Colorado at Boulder, speaks about the work of the NEPC and the importance of the report and its findings.
Judge Steven Teske, a juvenile court judge in Clayton County, GA, speaks about his experience working on a community driven effort to limit the number of school referrals to juvenile courts and reduce the disproportionate contact students of color have with school discipline and the juvenile justice system.
Jonathan Brice, Executive Director of Student Support Services at Baltimore City Public Schools, speaks about introducing a new student code of conduct to reduce suspensions and reform school discipline in Baltimore public schools.