Discipline Disparities — Myths and Facts

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Pre-Registration Closes May 31st!

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:  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.

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.  If anything, African-American students are punished more severely for similar or less serious behaviors than their peers.

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.  Suspension is used mostly for non-safety-threatening incidents.  The greatest disproportionality in discipline for African-American students is based on subjective and relational-based issues such as “defiance” and “disruptive behavior.”.

To access the entire report, go to http://rtpcollaborative.indiana.edu/briefing-papers/.

Watch Dr. Russell Skiba discuss the impact of school suspensions.

The 2016 School Discipline Conference will focus on a variety of issues in school discipline and classroom management.  It will be a must-attend gathering for principals, deans, teachers and counselors focused on improving academic performance by applying the most current innovations and research to behavior intervention and classroom management. Special focus will be given to supportive, non-exclusionary disciplinary practices.  Register Today! Atlanta & Las Vegas Pre-Registration Closes May 31st!


Dr. Pedro Noguera
Sociologist, Author, Expert on Impact of Society & Culture on Schools


Dr. Randy Sprick
Creator Safe & Civil Schools


Larry Thompson
Supportive Discipline Innovator, Creator Responsibility-Centered Discipline


Chelonnda Seroyer
Award-Winning Teacher, Internationally Known Educational Consultant


Brian Mendler
International Speaker, Author, Expert on Working with Disruptive Students


Baruti Kafele
Award-Winning Urban Principal, School Turnaround Specialist


Dave Derpak
Award-Winning Principal & School Climate Innovator


Dr. Michele Borba
Bestselling Author, Internationally Recognized Educator, Media Commentator


Joe Navarro
Non-Verbal Communication Expert, Best-Selling Author


Jordan Ellenberg
Author of NTY Bestseller How Not to Be Wrong: The Power of Mathematical Thinking


Dr. Julianne Malveaux
Noted author and Commentator on Education, Racial Diversity and Women’s Issues


Check out some of this year’s speakers!


  • Exemplary Research-Based Programs
  • Supportive, Non-Exclusionary Disciplinary Practices
  • Common Mistakes Teachers Make with Classroom Control
  • The Most Common Myths about School Discipline
  • Updated Tools & Strategies for Behavior Interventions
  • Do’s and Don’ts of Applying Positive Behavior Interventions
  • Evidence-Based Advice for New & Experienced Educators
  • Insights for School Administrators from Nationally Acclaimed Programs
  • Keys to Working with Minority Students
  • How to Handle Particularly Challenging Discipline Moments
  • Legal Landmines Every Educator Should Understand
  • Helping Teachers Thrive in Classrooms Filled with Highly Challenging Students
  • Insuring Equity in Disciplinary Practices


ATLANTA: June 19 – June 22, 2016
$485 USD

(until May 31st)
$395 USD

(until Apr. 30th)
(Includes: 2 Pre-Conference Sessions + Pre-Reg Conference Registration) Regular Price: $545
(Includes entrance into all general sessions, breakout sessions, exhibits, morning and afternoon refreshments)Regular Price: $425
LAS VEGAS: June 28 – July 1, 2016
$485 USD

(until May 31st)
$395 USD

(until May 31st)
(Includes: 2 Pre-Conference Sessions + Pre-Reg Conference Registration)
Regular Price: $545
(Includes entrance into all general sessions, breakout sessions, exhibits, morning and afternoon refreshments)Regular Price: $425
TORONTO: November 11-13, 2016

$340 USD
(until 6/30)
$295 USD
(until 6/30)
(Includes: 1 Pre-Conference Session + Early Bird Conference Registration)
Regular Price: $435
(Includes entrance into all general sessions, breakout sessions, exhibits, morning and afternoon refreshments) Regular Price: $395


The School Discipline Conference is part of the Innovative Schools Summit in Atlanta and Las Vegas.  School Discipline Conference attendees enjoy access to all Summit keynote presenters and breakout sessions on a space-available basis.

June 19-22, 2016
June 28-July 1, 2016
November 11-13, 2016
School Discipline Conference School Discipline Conference NextGen School Safety Conference
Girl Bullying & Empowerment Conference Girl Bullying & Empowerment Conference School Discipline Conference
Innovative Teaching Strategies
Wired Differently Conference Wired Differently Conference
Innovative Counseling Strategies
NextGen School Safety Conference


The 2016 Innovative Schools Summit Atlanta will be held June 19-22 at the beautiful Marriott Marquis, one of the premiere hotels in downtown Atlanta. Conveniently located in Peachtree Center, indoor MARTA access offers guests direct access to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.  This magnificent hotel is close to the Georgia Aquarium, World of Coca-Cola and the College Football Hall of Fame. The breathtaking 52-story atrium is marked by the 50-foot color changing sail of Pulse, a cool cocktail lounge and symbol of this hotel.  Enjoy the onsite Starbucks and stay fit in the 24-hour Fitness Center.  The 2016 Innovative Schools Summit Atlanta will feature:

  • The Girl Bullying & Empowerment Conference
  • The School Discipline Conference
  • The Innovative Teaching Strategies Conference
  • The Innovative Counseling Strategies Conference.

Take advantage of the Marriott Marquis discounted room rate of $149/nightwhen you book by May 23rd.  If you wish to reserve by phone, please call 866-469-5475.  The name of the group is 2016 Innovative Schools Summit.

The 2016 Innovative Schools Summit Las Vegas will convene at Caesars Palace, the iconic Las Vegas luxury hotel that sets the standard for opulent details and impeccable service. This classic, Roman-themed casino hotel is on the west side of the Strip between the Bellagio and the Mirage.  Perks include a coliseum-inspired performance venue with headliner entertainment, multiple pools, upscale shopping, a fountain show, nightclubs, a spa and a gym.  The 2016 Innovative Schools Summit Las Vegas will feature:

  • The Girl Bullying & Empowerment Conference
  • The School Discipline Conference
  • The Wired Differently Conference
  • The NextGen School Safety Conference

A limited number of Caesars Palace rooms are available at a discounted rate ($129 June 27-30; $279 July 1-2 single/double). Guests who prefer to phone in their reservations may call 866-227-5944 (there is a $15 phone reservation processing fee).  There is no fee to use the weblink.  The name of the group is2016 Innovative Schools Summit.

The 2016 Innovative Schools Summit Toronto will convene at the Westin Harbour Castle, which is located on the shores of Lake Ontario – steps away from the Downtown Core via Toronto’s underground covered walkway. Take a walk along the revitalized waterfront, explore Toronto’s theatre and entertainment districts and discover delight in all that Toronto has to offer.  Perks include an indoor pool, fitness studio and spa.  The 2016 Innovative Schools Summit Toronto will feature:

• The NextGen School Safety Conference
• The School Discipline Conference
• The Wired Differently Conference

A limited number of rooms are available at The Westin Harbour Castle ($199 sgl/dbl $229 trpl $259 quad). The name of the group is Innovative Schools SummitBook by October 11th!


Proposals for presentations are now being accepted for School Discipline Conference events in Atlanta and Las Vegas!  Please submit the proposal form online or fax to 888-372-6061 or email your completed proposal form topd@accutrain.com.  The deadline for program proposals is May 31st, 2016.

Presenters are required to register for the conference – discounts apply for on-time registrations. Additional information is available on the registration form or you may call us at 800-251-6805.


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