Metro Center Conference Focuses on Equity in School Discipline Practices – May 22nd

The Technical Assistance Center on Disproportionality (TAC-D), housed within NYU’s Metropolitan Center for Research on Equity and the Transformation of Schools (Metro Center), will host its 2015 Summer Institute, “Creating Safe and Caring Schools: Improving School Discipline through Equitable and Responsive Practices.”

The conference will take place at NYU’s Kimmel Center for University Life, Rosenthal Pavilion, 10th floor (60 Washington Square South at LaGuardia Place) on Friday, May 22 from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

TAC-D’s Summer Institute gives educators, researchers, and technical assistance providers an opportunity to look at methods of decreasing disparities in schools, particularly related to suspensions and other school discipline practices. Presented in partnership with the New York State Education Department, the institute’s goal is to provide attendees with practical strategies, tools, and research that they can bring back to their colleagues and use in a meaningful way to improve the policies and practices in their education organizations.

“Our theme of creating safe and caring schools is one that calls for deliberate action, a confluence of multiple perspectives, and being bold,” said Patrick Jean-Pierre, director of TAC-D. “Bold means doing whatever it takes to create a school culture where all students and school personnel feel nurtured, and partnering with families and communities to change society for the better.”

Featured speakers include Pedro Noguera, professor of education at NYU Steinhardt and executive director of the Metro Center; Judith Browne Dianis, co-director of the Advancement Project and the Ending the Schoolhouse to Jailhouse Track; and Anne Gregory, associate professor in the Department of Applied Psychology at Rutgers University.

Reporters interested in attending should contact Rachel Harrison, NYU Office of Public Affairs, at 212.998.6797 or Education professionals and students interested in attending must register at the event’s website.


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