Public Education Speaker Series: Ending Racial and Gender Disparities in School Discipline

Thursday, July 7, 2016
9:30am to 11:30am EDT
Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers
1400 16th Street NW Suite 740
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This is the third event in WRAG's 2016 public education speaker series.

Research has found that students of color are often more likely than their white peers to be suspended or expelled from school, contributing to the so-called "school-to-prison pipeline." Join us to hear from Dr. Anne Gregory, associate professor in the Department of Applied Psychology at Rutgers University, whose work focuses on trends in school discipline and promising methods for improving school climate. Dr. Gregory will synthesize the latest research on racial and gender disparities in school discipline and describe what is known about the drivers of these disparities and about the consequences of excluding students from instruction for misconduct. She will then offer a comprehensive framework for promoting equity in school discipline and provide specific examples of promising programmatic interventions. Finally, Dr. Gregory will recommend how to use resources to strategically leverage sustainable change.

About the Speaker

Anne Gregory, Associate Professor (Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley) is an associate professor in the Department of Applied Psychology at Rutgers University. Her research has focused on the persistent trend that African American adolescents are issued school suspension and expulsion at higher rates than adolescents from other groups. Through program development, implementation, and evaluation, she aims to address this trend by strengthening characteristics of teachers, classrooms, and schools associated with the successful schooling of diverse students. Her research interests also include bullying, teacher-student relationships, and teacher professional development. Recently, she has examined how restorative approaches to discipline have the potential to transform the school climate. She has authored over 30 peer-reviewed journal articles and numerous book chapters. Dr. Gregory’s research has been supported by federal agencies (U.S. Department of Justice and Institute of Education Sciences) and private foundations (William T. Grant Foundation, Robin Hood Foundation, Society for the Study of School Psychology). Dr. Gregory has recently served on the Discipline Disparities Collaborative funded by Atlantic Philanthropies which convened lawyers, researchers, advocates, and youth leaders to address gaps in our knowledge about disparities, identify promising policy reform, and synthesize what schools can do to change patterns in school discipline.


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Non-Member Education Funders: $50. Please email Rebekah Seder, seder(at) to confirm eligibility and register.