Discipline policies and practices may threaten educational equity and student success. Research suggests that harsh, punitive, and exclusionary disciplinary approaches in schools lack evidence of effectiveness and have been linked to serious short- and long-term consequences, such as lower student achievement, school dropout, less postsecondary success, and increased justice system involvement. This webinar will explore the effect of disciplinary actions on student outcomes and discuss how schools can use more relational, educative, and restorative responses to behavior that can support student learning, empowerment, accountability, and self-discipline.
In this webinar, Eric Flowers, EdD of the Arkansas Department of Education and Candace Hester, PhD, of REL Southwest will discuss discipline-related results from a recent REL Southwest study, Identifying Indicators That Predict Postsecondary Readiness and Success in Arkansas. Two national experts in restorative justice and discipline, Robert Mayo, PhD, and David Osher, PhD, will take a deeper dive on disciplinary actions and the role they can play in educational equity, academic outcomes, and students’ learning and development. Representatives from the PBIS Resource Center at Arkansas State University, Highline Public Schools in Washington and Richland School District Two in South Carolina will reflect on the educative and restorative practices used in their districts and discuss how those approaches have affected student behavior and other outcomes.
Participants should expect to accomplish the following:
- Learn about select findings from the REL Southwest report, Identifying Indicators That Predict Postsecondary Readiness and Success in Arkansas.
- Become aware of the research base and evidence for different approaches to school discipline as well as research-based and promising strategies and practices to address discipline.
- Understand how the educational system can support educational equity and students’ learning and development through discipline policies and practices.
The webinar will be archived on the REL Southwest website. If you cannot attend the live event, please register to be notified when the webinar archive is available online.