Discipline Disparities — Myths and Facts

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In 2014 the Equity Project at Indiana University published an overview of existing research, as well as new research, that addresses inequities in school discipline.  In a summary entitled Discipline Disparities: Myths and Facts,  Dr. Russell Skiba et al address some common misperceptions:

Myth #1:  Disparities aren’t really due to race, class or sexual orientation; they are primarily about the challenges of poverty, inadequate home lives and violent communities.

Fact:  Poverty does not fully explain racial disparities (New Research Brief, p. 2).

Fact:  School factors (such as racial diversity, school decision-making processes, and experiences/perceptions of school climate) are stronger predictors of disparities than individual student factors or the reasons for which students are suspended (New Research Brief, p. 3).

Myth #2:  Racial disparities are really due to worse behavior among students of color.

Fact:  There is no evidence that racial disparities in discipline are due to higher rates of misbehavior by African-American students (New Research Brief, p. 2).

Fact:  If anything, African-American students are punished more severely for similar or less serious behaviors than their peers (New Research Brief, p. 2).

Myth #3:  Suspension and expulsion are used infrequently and primarily to address serious acts of misbehavior.

Fact:  Exclusionary discipline is actually used extensively — especially for African-American males.  Between 1/3 and 1/2 of all students will experience at least one suspension/ expulsion during their K-12 careers, compared to 70% of African-American males (Policy Brief, p. 2).

Fact:  Suspension is used mostly for non-safety-threatening incidents (Policy Brief, p. 1).

Fact:  The greatest disproportionality in discipline for African-American students is based on subjective and relational-based issues such as “defiance” and “disruptive behavior” (Policy Brief, p. 5).

New Research Brief and Policy Brief are components of the Discipline Disparity Series published by the Equity Project at Indiana University.  To access the entire report, go to http://rtpcollaborative.indiana.edu/briefing-papers/.

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With locations this year in Las Vegas, Atlanta and Niagara Falls, Ontario the School Discipline Conference will be a must-attend gathering for principals, deans, behavior specialists, teachers, social workers, counselors and who are focused on improving academic performance by applying the most current innovations and research to the arena of behavior intervention and classroom management.

Pre-Registration $395
(til 11:59 pm May 31st)
Regular Registration $425

Virginian-Pilot Newspaper: “School Safety Answers Not Easy”

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On May 4th, three teenagers from a neighboring city entered Indian River High School in Chesapeake, Virginia without permission and assaulted a student whom they knew. No weapons were involved.

indian_river_high350Since doors are believed to have been locked at the time, administrators suspect another student let the intruders in.  Two of the 16-year-old suspects have been charged with felony malicious wounding and robbery.  Charges are pending against the third.

The Indian River High incident is not unique. According to a Virginian-Pilot newspaper article entitled “On School Safety, Answers Aren’t Easy,” Chesapeake, a mostly suburban city of 230,000 people, had 12 cases of student assault in a recent year.  One parent, upset about the recent incident, said, “What if it had been somebody with guns?”

A Chesapeake school board member with a background in law enforcement said, “We are pretty safe.  Can we stop everything?  No.”

The newspaper article reports that throughout Virginia there were nearly 3,700 cases of battery against a student without the use of a weapon in the most recent year of reporting and 16 malicious woundings.

The Chesapeake board member believes schools need to be careful not to impose such severe security measures that students feel uncomfortable.  “You don’t want kids thinking they are going to jail.”

Parents are also concerned that, after the May incident, administrators in Chesapeake chose not to notify parents about the intrusion and assault until the following day.  A spokesperson for a nearby district said their policy is to notify parents quickly when an incident occurs that might upset students — particularly in an era when news and rumors can travel almost instantly via social media.  But that spokesperson also said that notifications are sometimes delayed while facts are gathered and police investigate.

The NextGen School Safety Conference will focus on steps schools can take to prevent events such as the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, but will also address steps that can be taken to prevent more common incidents such as a student being assaulted, a teacher incurring a back injury, or a bus driver being involved in a collision.

PRE-REGISTRATION  $395
(til May 31st, 2015)
Regular Registration $425

“Sandtray Interventions,” “Biblio-Rhymology,” “Mindfulness” & More – 2015 Breakout Sessions

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REGISTER NOW! ADVANCE REGISTRATION CLOSING 5/31/15!

The 2015 Innovative Counseling Strategies breakout session lineup once again offers a strong selection of strategy-filled sessions to provide you tools for the coming year. Sessions/speakers below are confirmed but subject to change. 

Carol McCloud
How to Create Your Bucketfilling Environment

Joree Rosenblatt
Practicing Mindfulness: How to Optimize Social and Emotional Development in Children

Lauren Danish & Merrill Baxley
Step-Up to Better Grades

Dr. Marta Garrett
Sandtray Interventions for Adolescents Dealing with Grief and Loss

Lisa King
Career Day, College Day and More

Lisa King
Making the Link

Jillian Diesner
Mindfulness, Conflict Resolution, and Social Emotional Learning

Kimberly Johnson
Bibliotheraphy: Learn the FUNdamentals of Incorporating Literature into You Guidance Curriculum

Brad Chapin
Self-Regulation Skills in the Classroo

Lisa Hansen
The Bucket Squad  

Dr. Bob Bowman
Motivating Discouraged Students: Unique Approaches for Encouraging Self-Change in Disconnected Young People

Susan Bowman
How to Help Children and Adolescents Who Self-Injure Using Creative Media

Brian Mendler
Motivating and Managing Hard to Reach, Uninterested and Disruptive Students

Brian Mendler
The Teacher That Changed My Life

Dr. Greg Richards
Ethics Lessons to Inspire Bystanders and Improve Student Peer Relationships

Tracie Berry-McGhee
I’m a Keeper!

Eric Snow
WATCH D.O.G.S. (Dads Of Great Students)

Kip Jones
Biblio-Rhymology: The ART of Character Ed

Mark Johnson & Sam Stecher
Proactive Choice: A Classroom Discipline Intervention that Fosters Brain Activity, Student Ownership, and Positive Relationships

Now in its 5th year, this idea-filled event brings together internationally known speakers and groundbreaking practitioners to focus on the novel, creative, practical side of counseling students K-12.  Attendees will discover research-proven and field-tested tools and techniques to help them connect with and empower students with various types of challenges.

Advance Registration $395
(til May 31st)
Regular Registration $425

Supportive School Climate Webinar (K-12) with Mark Johnson & Sam Stecher

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Register now for this timely opportunity to be trained by
Mark Johnson & Sam Stecher
through this 90-minute live webinar (1.5.CE hours).
June 3, 2015 @ 11:30 am & 2:00 pm (Eastern Time).

In this 90-minute strategy-driven webinar, Sam Stecher and Mark Johnson will provide key insights for improving the learning climate school-wide.

Watch Mark Johnson & Sam Stecher discuss using the power of choice to reframe conversations with resistant students.

School climate authorities and current school administrators, Sam and Mark will guide attendees through easy-to-implement field-tested strategies and activities designed to be used weekly with staff and students to change your school climate. They will also discuss practical ways to improve student-to-student, educator-to-student and educator-to-educator relationships while gaining buy-in for climate change efforts. Attendees will receive free access to web-based support to provide continuous strategies, ideas and to help sustain initiatives in the future.

WEBINAR HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE:

  • Improving Relationships
  • Four Fundamental Ways of Human Bonding
  • Lessons Learned in Addressing Challenging Student Behavior
  • Enhancing Student Motivation
  • Involving Stakeholders
  • Recruiting Advocates
  • Gaining Student Buy-In
  • Staff Missions
  • Student Missions
  • Parent/Volunteer Missions

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

  • Implement school-wide and community-based interventions.
  • Identify best practices to establish healthy relationships between students and staff.
  • Create a positive environment while managing challenging behaviors.
  • Apply stakeholder interactions which foster positive school community bonding on a consistent basis.
  • Participate and foster participation in activities which enhance the school community climate.

TO REGISTER:

  • Click here to register for the 11:30 am Eastern Time WEBINAR.
  • Click here to register for the 11:30 am Eastern Time SITE LICENSE.
  • Click here to register for the 2:00 pm Eastern Time WEBINAR.
  • Click here to register for the 2:00 pm Eastern Time SITE LICENSE.

INCLUDED MATERIALS:

The $49 registration fee includes a PDF copy of the PowerPoint presentation that will accompany the live presentation. This will be emailed to each registrant via the email address provided at registration.

THIS WEBINAR IS RECOMMENDED FOR:

  • Classroom Teachers
  • School Counselors
  • Principals and Administrators
  • Special Education Personnel
  • At-Risk Coordinators
  • Behaviorists
  • Intervention Specialists

ABOUT THE PRESENTERS:
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Mark Johnson taught fifth grade for 12 years before moving into an elementary principal position, which he has held for the past six years. He received the “Milken National Educator Award” in 2004, was a “National Blue Ribbon Award” winner in 2010, and was name “Outstanding New Principal of the Year” for the state of Nebraska in 2011. His passion for education continues to grow exponentially. He uses humor, a family atmosphere, a warm cup of coffee and the spirit of Elvis to build relationships with all those around him. As a presenter, Mark tells stories and uses real-life examples from his school and family experiences.

Sam Stecher has served Kearney Public Schools in Nebraska since 1997. In that time he has been a gifted educational para-professional, middle school teacher and coach, special education teacher, high school Dean of Students, and presently an elementary principal. In each of these roles he has applied the same skills and interventions successfully that he will share with attendees. He shares stories of when it went right and when it went not-so-right. Attendees will leave with a plan to implement his interventions immediately. He brings passion, energy and a plan to change the world one person at a time to his speaking.

Mark and Sam will also deliver pre-conference sessions at the School Discipline Conference in Pre-Conf sessions in Las Vegas & Atlanta.  Join us!

Larry Thompson: Do ISS & Time-Based Consequences Work?

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Behavior expert Larry Thompson believes “time-based consequences” – such as in-school suspension and timeout – can exacerbate behavior issues in students.

Watch Larry Thompson discuss time-based consequences.

Larry is creator of the Responsibility-Centered Discipline program that is now being successfully implemented in schools throughout North America and author of Roadmap to Responsibility:  The Power of Give ‘em Five™ to Transform Schools and several other books.  He will deliver a keynote presentation entitled Supportive Discipline: Teaching Students to “Own” Their Behaviors at the School Discipline Conference in Las Vegas, Atlanta and Niagara Falls.

With locations this year in Las Vegas, Atlanta and Niagara Falls, Ontario the School Discipline Conference will be a must-attend gathering for principals, deans, behavior specialists, teachers, social workers, counselors and who are focused on improving academic performance by applying the most current innovations and research to the arena of behavior intervention and classroom management. 

Advance Registration $395
(til May 31st)
Regular Registration $425

VEGAS PRE-CONFERENCE SESSIONS – Sunday, June 21st
If you have not yet registered for Pre-Conference Sessions, it’s not too late!

REGISTER HERE! $50 each/$90 for 2 Until May 31st

Steph Jensen
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
UnTangled: What Educators Can Do When Sugar, Spice & Everything Nice Becomes Smart, Tart & Falling Apart

Sam Stecher & Mark Johnson
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Mission Monday: A Plan to Make Your Classroom, Your School and Community a Better Place One Week at a Time

Jacque Wisnauskas
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Understanding POV: The Gateway to Reaching and Teaching the Aspie

Aaron Wiemeier
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
The Fearless Educator: Strategies for Working with the Most Angry, Adversarial & Avoidant Children and Adolescents

Dr. Tom Maglisceau
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Beyond “Grit” & Resiliency: Empowering Students for Success Through Transformational Schools

Stephanie Plain Potter
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
The English Equation: It All Adds Up Like 1+2=3

David Derpak
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Transforming School Climate: Simple Strategies with Tremendous Impact

Mike Paget
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
5 Keys for Working with Students with “Acting Out” and “Acting In” Disorders

Click here to view session descriptions.

ATLANTA PRE-CONFERENCE SESSIONS – Sunday, June 28th
If you have not yet registered for Pre-Conference Sessions, it’s not too late!

REGISTER HERE! $50 each/$90 for 2 Until May 31st

Rick Shaw
Lessons Learned from Sandy Hook: Key Insights Every Educator Needs to Know about Student Safety

Dr. Greg Richards
Practical Applications of Adolescent Brain Research to Improve School Safety and Culture

Brian Mendler
Motivating and Managing Hard to Reach, Uninterested and Disruptive Students

Sam Stecher & Mark Johnson
Mission Monday: A Plan to Make Your Classroom, Your School and Community a Better Place One Week at a Time

Mike Paget
5 Keys for Working with Students with “Acting Out” and “Acting In” Disorders

Brad Chapin
Self-Regulation Training: A Framework for Success

Kip Jones
wRAPping Character Around The heARTS of Right Brain Students

Carolyn Strong
Black Girl Blues: Strategies to Combat Intra-racial Bullying

Kaye Randall
Be the Difference: Creating New Pathways for Youth through the Power of Responsibility and Accountability

Click here to view session descriptions.

NIAGARA FALLS PRE-CONFERENCE SESSIONS – Tuesday, July 14th
If you have not yet registered for Pre-Conference Sessions, it’s not too late!

REGISTER HERE! $50 each/$90 for 2 Until May 31st

Richard Guerry
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Public & Permanent: A Guideline to Promote Responsible Use of Technology & Prevent Digital Abuse

Brian Mendler
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Motivating and Managing Hard to Reach, Uninterested and Disruptive Students

Brad Chapin
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Self-Regulation Training: A Framework for Success

Steph Jensen
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
UnTangled: What Educators Can Do When Sugar, Spice & Everything Nice Becomes Smart, Tart & Falling Apart

Larry Thompson
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
A Fresh Approach to Handling Challenging Discipline Situations: Essential Skill-Based Strategies

Mike Paget
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
5 Keys for Working with Students with “Acting Out” and “Acting In” Disorders

Click here to view session descriptions.

Rafe Esquith: Shakespeare & Rock n’ Roll

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Innovative Teaching Strategies Keynoter Rafe Esquith is an internationally known author and speaker, but he still teaches 5th grade — to mostly ESL students — at Hobart Elementary in Los Angeles.

Watch Rafe Esquith share the foundations of his unique 5th-grade curriculum.

Esquith’s Room 56 is a culture built upon respect and the belief that his students can triumph over circumstances by learning skills that help them thrive not only in 5th grade, but later in life.  Rafe is the author of Teach Like Your Hair’s on Fire and Real Talk for Real Teachers.

The Innovative Teaching Strategies Conference provides an opportunity for teachers, administrators, curriculum directors and other educators to learn new insights and strategies for reaching and teaching students PreK-12. It emphasizes evidence-based and novel instructional practices from national-exemplary programs.

Advance Registration $395
(Until May 31st)

Regular Registration $425

LAS VEGAS PRE-CONFERENCE SESSIONS:

Pre-Conference Day is June 21st.  REGISTER HERE!

Stephanie Plain Potter
The English Equation: It All Adds Up Like 1+2=3

Aaron Wiemeier
The Fearless Educator: Strategies for Working with the Most Angry, Adversarial & Avoidant Children & Adolescents

Steph Jensen
UnTangled: What Educators Can Do When Sugar, Spice & Everything Nice Becomes Smart, Tart & Falling Apart

Sam Stecher & Mark Johnson
Mission Monday: A Plan to Make Your Classroom, Your School and Community a Better Place One Week at a Time

Jacque Wisnauskas
Understanding POV:  The Gateway to Reaching and Teaching the Aspie

Dr. Tom Maglisceau
Beyond ‘Grit’ & Resiliency: Empowering Students for Success Through Transformational Schools

David Derpak
Transforming School Climate: Simple Strategies with Tremendous Impact

Mike Paget
5 Keys for Working with Students with “Acting Out” and “Acting In” Disorders

Thomas Armstrong: Reframing the Concept of “Genius”

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Dr. Thomas Armstrong challenges educators to reevaluate their perspective on the concept of “genius.”

Watch Dr. Thomas Armstrong share his perspective on the concept of “genius.”

Dr. Armstrong is Executive Director of the American Institute for Learning and Human Development and author of Neurodiversity in the Classroom and more than 10 other books. Dr. Armstrong will deliver a keynote presentation entitled Neurodiversity in the Classroom: Strength-Based Strategies to Help Students with Special Needs Achieve Success in School and Life at the Wired Differently Conference in Las Vegas and Niagara Falls.

Now in its 3rd year, the Wired Differently Conference assembles this summer in Las Vegas, Atlanta and Niagara Falls. A wide array of critical insights and best practices will be shared for reaching and teaching students with emotional and behavioral conditions – individually, in groups and in inclusive settings.

Advance Registration $395
(til May 31st)
Regular Registration $425