I’ve previously posted resources, and had a series in my Ed Week column guest-hosted by Dr. Teri Watson, on ways to reduce racial disparities in school discipline (I’ll also have a new series on the subject later this year).
Today, Brookings published Reforming school discipline: What works to reduce racial inequalities?, a review of research and written by Rachel M. Perera.
It’s accessible, and definitely worth reading in its entirety.
It seems to me that her main recommendations, based on her review of the research, are:
* Approach racism and equity issues directly through serious professional development (see A LOOK BACK: “WE SHOULD BE OBSESSED WITH RACIAL EQUITY”)
* Emphasize student/teacher relationship-building (see The Best Resources On The Importance Of Building Positive Relationships With Students)
* Institute restorative practices with fidelity school-wide (see The Best Resources For Learning About Restorative Practices – Help Me Find More)
* Increase the number of teachers of color and support them (see New & Revised: The Best Resources For Understanding Why We Need More Teachers Of Color)
Makes sense to me.
However, I’m not going to make any bets on how many districts will follow through on these recommendations (see Teacher: 10 things school districts should do right now and Thirteen things that should happen in schools now — but most probably won’t).