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2018 SSTAGE/DOE Conference



SSTAGE, in Partnership with the Georgia DOE and the Chief Turnaround Office

Enhancing Equity in School Discipline:

A Systematic and Sustained Approach to Improve Student Outcomes

September 11, 2018

Anderson Conference Center

9:00am – 3:00pm

Online registration is closed. On-site registration will be available.

Racial and ethnic disproportionality in school discipline is a pressing challenge across the country. Given the well-documented negative effects of exclusionary discipline on a range of student outcomes, educators must address this issue. But the question remains: how can we best intervene? The existing research is clear that that no single strategy will be sufficient to produce substantive and sustainable change.

This series of workshops for school teams will focus on a multiple component approach for reducing discipline disproportionality through school-wide and classroom strategies. School teams will be guided through the following steps:

  • Using their own discipline data to identify discipline decisions with equity and inequity
  • Obtaining input and feedback from students and families
  • Creating or revising school discipline systems to make them more culturally responsive
  • Improving student-teacher relationships
  • Recognizing implicit biases and using strategies to respond instructionally to unwanted behavior
  • Monitoring progress toward valued goals

This approach aligns closely with school MTSS and PBIS systems.

Sept 10-11 Overview

  • Identifying general goals
  • Sharing current successes

Introduction to concepts in discipline disproportionality

  • Implicit bias

Use of data for decision making

  • Assessing levels of disproportionality (including for schools with non-diverse student bodies)
  • Monitoring progress
  • Setting specific equity goals for the year (and beyond)

Root cause analysis

            • Use of GA School Climate Survey data (students, parents, staff)
            • Use of school discipline data (e.g., SWIS)
            • Use of PBIS fidelity data (e.g., SAS, TFI)
            • Student/Family/Community focus groups

Strategies for reducing implicit bias

          • Identifying Vulnerable Decision Points (VDPs)
          • Identifying Equitable Decision Points (EDPs)

Implementation action planning

Retirees, full-time students and out-of-state registrants contact Wallace Blackstock

Refund Policy for this event

To cancel participation for an event, SSTAGE must receive written notice (email wblackstock@sstage.org) seven calendar days prior to the scheduled workshop/conference.  An administrative fee of $25.00 will be charged for cancellations.Requests for a refund must be received in writing at least seven  calendar days prior to the start of the conference and must be addressed to wblackstock@sstage.org . 

SSTAGE encourages participants to find a substitute. Replacements will be welcome and there will be no charge to transfer a registration to a colleague for the event.  Advance notice of replacements is preferred.If an individual registers and does not attend the event, he/she will be marked as a "no show" and the full conference fees shall apply. Registrants are responsible for payment. Refunds will not be made for “no shows.”Please email pmyers@gael.org with any registration problems.

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