December 17, 2014: Discipline Disparities Briefing Paper on Acknowledging Race
“You Can’t Fix What You Don’t Look At: Acknowledging Race in Addressing Racial Discipline Disparities” is the latest paper published by the Discipline Disparities Research-to-Practice Collaborative, a group of 26 nationally recognized experts from the social science, education and legal fields. 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.
Funded by Atlantic Philanthropies and Open Society Foundations, the Collaborative has spent nearly three years conducting a series of meetings with groups of stakeholders – advocates, educators, juvenile justice representatives, intervention agents, researchers, and policymakers–in order to increase the availability of interventions that are both practical and evidence-based, and to develop and support a policy agenda for reform to improve equity in school discipline.
Russell Skiba, a member of the Discipline Disparities Collaborative, is professor of counseling and educational psychology at the Indiana University School of Education and director of The Equity Project housed in the Center for Evaluation & Education Policy.