As we look at schools across the nation we observe unfair and unequal discipline practices which cause increased suspensions and expulsions for students of color at an alarming rate. Research from the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights states: “Black students are suspended and expelled at a rate three times greater than white students” (2014). What appears on the surface to be discipline marginalizes students of color many whom end up dropping out of school.
Schools have begun using Restorative Discipline Practices (RDF) as a means to address the disproportionate discipline measures African American students are subjected to. Dr. Gaye Lang will share with us about the prevailing issue, and how to address disciplinary issues among African American, and other students of color.
About our Speaker:
Dr. Gaye Lang earned her Bachelor of Arts from Dillard University, her Master of Arts from Pepperdine University, and her Doctor of Education from the University of Houston. She is a member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. She is the author and co-author of several books and articles that include: Colorizing Restorative Justice (co-author); Raising the Bar: Measuring Restorative Practice; Restorative Discipline Practices : This Is How We Do It!;Administeringa virtual school:Lessons Learned; and Making partnerships work.
Dr. Lang is the Texas Statewide Director for Restorative Discipline Practices at the Texas Education Agency. Her responsibility involves providing Professional Development for Texas’ twenty educational regions. Prior to her current role at the state she served in other roles such as Director of School Turnaround, Senior Advisor to the Commissioner of Education for the Texas Education Agency, and the U. S. Department of Education Secretary's Regional Representative.
With over forty years as an educator and instructional leader, Dr. Lang has provided professional development to leaders nationally and internationally. Her presentations have been well received by community leaders, churches, universities, and school districts.
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