Saturday | March 14, 2015


Walter E. Washington Convention Center | Room 143 A | 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.


The U.S. accounts for 5 percent of the world’s population, but 25 percent of the world’s prisoners – a strikingly disproportionate number of whom are poor people of color, especially African-American men. Recent research confirms that this propensity to “criminalize” large segments of the population extends down into the school years, with systematic overreaction to and overly harsh punishment of simple student misbehaviors. At the same time, the need for schools to be safe and orderly places to teach and to learn remains a major concern in poll after poll of parents, students, and staff alike. How do we teach discipline and maintain order, while protecting against the effects of persistent, unconscious biases? How do we ensure that schools are warm, welcoming, fair, and effective in the treatment of all students?


Allison Brown, Program Officer for Racial Justice, Open Society Foundations.

Janel George, Senior Education Policy Counsel, NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund

Janella HindsVice President for Academic High Schools, United Federation of Teachers (UFT)

Tala Manassah, Deputy Executive Director, Morningside Center for Teaching Social Responsibility

The session will be moderated by Burnie Bond, Director of Programs at the Shanker Institute.

This session was conceptualized and organized by the Shanker Institute and is part of the 2015 Teaching & Learning Conference organized by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.

Additional Info

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