The disparate impact of school suspension for racial/ethnic minority students represents a significant public health and educational concern. Four decades of research document that racially and ethnically diverse youth are subject to inequitable school discipline practices marked by the oversuspension of African American, Latino, and Native American students relative to White youth. The purpose of this workshop is to demonstrate interventions and strategies that are influenced by data-based decision making to reduce disciplinary disparities.
This session will help participants
1. identify factors that influence racial/ethnic disparities in school suspension,
2. use discipline referral data to identify racial/ethnic inequities in suspension and students in need of additional support, and
3. learn behavioral and mental health intervention strategies to address racial/ethnic disparities in school suspension.