Education Lab is hosting a community meeting to uncover ways school discipline could work better for students, teachers and parents.

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Over the past several months, Education Lab has explored the contentious topic of school discipline through blog posts, reader call-outs, guest columns and two in-depth stories examining how the Highline and Kent school districts are working to reduce out-of-school suspension rates.

On Wednesday, May 20, we will continue the conversation with a community meeting at the Brockey Center at South Seattle College.

We’ll begin the evening by hearing from three speakers — Garfield High School Ted Howard, Kentwood High School teacher Jay Maebori and Seattle student Dayöne Florence — about how their approaches to school discipline have shifted in recent years. We’ll then split up into small groups to meet each other, explore our different perspectives and uncover possible ideas to pursue. Following the small-group conversations, we’ll have a whole-room discussion about what we discovered.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. with a light dinner and engagement activities. The program starts at 6:30 p.m.

Admission is free, but you must register in advance to secure your spot. For more details and registration, visit