Bullying, Bias, and Racial Disparities in Discipline

Special Presentation by Dr.  Paula Rodriguez Rust,  Educational Consultant and Trainer (Spectrum Diversity LLC)

Bullying, Bias, and Racial Disparities in Discipline:
After Five Years With The “Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights,” What Do We Know About Creating Safe and Equitable School Climates?
Wednesday, January 20, 2016 — 9:00am to 4:30pm
Snow Date: Friday, January 22, 2016
at the  John H. Stamler Police Academy
1776 Raritan Road,  Scotch Plains (on the Union County Vo-Tech Campus)
 
Sponsored by the
Union County Human Relations Commission,
Union County Prosecutor’s Office and the Union County Superintendent of Schools
 

This workshop highlights the critical importance of proactive efforts to address various forms of bias as part of comprehensive anti-bullying programming, promoting equity in education, and complying with laws such as the Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights, the NJ Law Against Discrimination, and Title IX.

General efforts to promote a positive school climate, included in many anti-bullying program packages, might fail to effectively address specific biases in the school environment that give rise to HIB incidents and disparities in academic opportunities for students with different racial, cultural, religious, socioeconomic, etc., backgrounds. Recently publicized findings regarding racial disparities in discipline in New Jersey schools are one example of the types of inequities that result when the various sources of bias in a school environment are not fully understood and addressed. However, each form of bias/ diversity (ethnic, religious, disability, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, etc.) poses unique challenges in the school environment.

This workshop will explore (1) the central role of bias in defining statutory HIB, and practical solutions for common difficulties that arise in ABR implementation, (2) a checklist for identifying potential disparities in the school environment ranging from discipline, to course placement, to school club involvement, (3) tools to help identify the potential sources of disparities, including psychological, social, cultural, and structural factors, both inside and outside the school, (4) strategies for preventing disparities and addressing biases in the school environment, and (5) basic training in cultural competence, including an understanding of microaggressions which are shown by research to contribute to disparities in academic performance.

The workshop includes a special segment on recent developments with regard to school’s responsibilities vis-à-vis LGBT students.

This workshop is appropriate for school administrators, and instructional and non-instructional professional school staff, including AAOs, ABSs, ABCs, SST members, guidance counselors, as well as professionals in related fields including School Resource Officers, Municipal Bias Officers, psychologists, and clinical social workers.

PDU credits will be given to educators.

  • Attire:  Uniform/Professional/Business Casual.  DRESS CODE WILL BE ENFORCED.
  • Cost: $68.  Purchase Order, Check or Money Order.
  • Please make payable to UCPO Police Academy Training Account.

Important Registration Information

Please make the following adjustments to easily navigate the Police Academy’s online registration system, which is, of course, geared to law enforcement.

1 – Create account. (If you are not a law enforcement officer, substitute “police lingo” for “educator lingo.”)
2 – Under COUNTY, select EDUCATOR (at the bottom of the listing.)
3 – Under DEPARTMENT, select EDUCATOR-UNION COUNTY or EDUCATOR-OUT-OF- COUNTY.
4 – Under  STREET ADDRESS, include SCHOOL NAME AND STREET ADDRESS.
5 – DATE OF APPOINTMENT is Date of Hire.
6 – Under TRAINING OFFICER, if you are with the school, provide PRINCIPAL information.
7 – If you are with the district, provide SUPERINTENDENT information.
8 – Under CHIEF, provide SUPERINTENDENT information and select DIRECTOR.
9 – On the “Select course” page, select 25.0 EDUCATOR TRAINING.
10 – Select the course.  Click ADD TO CART.
11 – In the box on the left, click REGISTER.
12 – On the “Review Order” page, select a PAYMENT OPTION (Check/money order or Purchase Order).
13 – Click SUBMIT to register for this training.
14 – Upon registration, an email confirmation (or wait list notification) will be sent automatically.
15 – Under CHIEF, provide SUPERINTENDENT information and select DIRECTOR. On the “Select course” page, select 25.0 EDUCATOR TRAINING.
16 – Select the course.  Click ADD TO CART.
17 – In the box on the left, click REGISTER.
18 – On the “Review Order” page, select a PAYMENT OPTION (Check/money order or Purchase Order).
19 – Click SUBMIT to register for this training.
20 – Upon registration, an email confirmation (or wait list notification) will be sent automatically.
21 – If you require additional assistance, please call 908.889.9028.