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Working Together To Achieve Equity in School Discipline

A recent report from the federal Office of Civil Rights highlights the growing issue of higher suspension and expulsion rates and more stringent disciplinary penalties for students from racial/ethnic minority backgrounds, as compared to their White peers. School, district, and community leaders will learn how to identify the root causes of disproportionate discipline and narrow the discipline gap at this all-day workshop sponsored by REL Northwest.

Held in conjunction with the Northwest Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports Network (NW PBIS) regional conference, the workshop will focus on practices and policies for using discipline data. The event will also share strategies for implementing culturally responsive school discipline procedures that help keep students in school. National speakers will be joined by practitioners from Oregon school districts who will discuss their approach to reducing discipline disparities.

Intended audience

  • School-based personnel who serve on school climate teams, including principals, teachers, school counselors, and classified staff members
  • Representatives of community organizations committed to equity in school discipline
  • Local education agency personnel, including administrators, equity coordinators, school climate coaches, and exclusionary discipline data managers/analysts
  • State education agency personnel who are responsible for establishing school discipline policy, providing technical assistance to districts and schools on equitable school discipline, and/or managing the state exclusionary discipline data


  • Vicki Nishioka, REL Northwest
  • Edward Fergus, New York University Steinhardt
  • Kent McIntosh and Kelsey Morris, Educational and Community Supports, University of Oregon