55 Plus Lecture Series - How is school discipline a civil rights issue?

Date: June 7, 10:00 am
How is school discipline a civil rights issue?
Speaker: Anne Gregory, an associate professor at the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology at Rutgers University

Dr. Gregory will synthesize research that propelled the Obama-era school discipline guidance.  The 2014 guidance addressed racial disparities in school discipline and underscored the civil rights implications of differential treatment and "disparate impact."  She will then describe recent in-roads in school discipline reform and the recently formed Federal Commission on School Safety, chaired by U.S. Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos.  Dr. Gregory will conclude with implications for equity-oriented policies and practices as they relate to student social emotional learning in schools. 

Anne Gregory's research has focused on the persistent trend that African American adolescents are issued school suspension and expulsion at higher rates than adolescents from other groups.  Through program development and evaluation, she aims to improve educational settings for students from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds.  She has authored 50 peer-reviewed journal articles and numerous book chapters.  Recent publications include, The promise of restorative practices to transform teacher-student relationships and achieve equity in school discipline, and Social-emotional learning and equity in school discipline