Discipline that Does No Harm: Improving Academic Outcomes for African-American Male Students

Region IV Equity Center: WestEd

The prevalence of disciplinary practices that negatively impact African-American male students was reported in March 2012 by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR). This report found that African-American male students are 3.5 times more likely to be suspended or expelled from school than their White peers. According to the OCR report, African-American male students made up only 18% of the students in the data sample, but represent 35% of the students suspended once, 46% of those suspended more than once, and 39% of students expelled. This webinar hosted by, Dr. Rose Owens-West, Center Director, and Dr. Christopher Harrison, Research Associate, with the Region IX Equity Assistance Center at WestEd, that addresses: 1) how to eliminate negative outcomes for African-American male students, 2) how districts and school administrators can ensure that disciplinary policies are equitable and effectively implemented, and 3) research-based strategies to promote positive youth development.

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