Dismantling the School-to-Prison-Pipeline
Presented by: Dr. Byron M. McClure, D.Ed.
1.5 SCECHs will be available for this session
Free for members and only $10 for non-members
This session will use a combination of lecture, visuals, and interactive opportunities to explore the role of educators as disrupters of oppressive systems. During this session, participants will learn the history of inequitable education practices, which have historically and disproportionately harmed youth of color, especially those from high-poverty communities. Participants will also learn how unmet mental health needs may negatively harm students, especially youth of color from high-poverty communities. This session will discuss the link between educational exclusion, school push-out, and the criminalization of minority children. Finally, attendees will learn how social emotional learning and restorative practices help educators by building community, repairing instances of harm, and improving student outcomes.
1. develop an understanding of the school-to-prison pipeline and how it disproportionately affects youth of color;
2. learn the history and impact of ineffective and disproportionate discipline policies and practices; and
3. understand the unmet mental health needs of minority students from high-poverty communities to prevent exclusionary disciplinary practices in order to keep youth of color in school and out of prison.
Dr. Byron McClure is a National Certified School Psychologist currently redesigning a high school in Southeast, D.C. His work centers around influencing systemic change and ensuring students from high-poverty communities has access to a quality education. Dr. McClure has extensive knowledge and expertise in mental health, social emotional learning, and behavior.
Dr. McClure has done considerable work advocating for fair and equitable discipline practices for all students, particularly, for African-American boys. He has designed and implemented school-wide initiatives such as SEL, restorative practices, RTI, and trauma responsive practices. As a result of this work, led by Dr. McClure, his school recently won the 2019-2020 Whole Child Award.
Dr. McClure has presented across the country as a panelist, featured, and keynote speaker. He believes in the power of dreaming big to make dreams come true!