Where does the conversation on school discipline go from here? Education Lab hosted a live chat to address that question and more.

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On Friday, reporter Claudia Rowe hosted a live online chat about school discipline, in response to Wednesday’s story about disproportionate rates of punishment among students of color, particularly blacks.

Along with Rowe, these three panelists participated in the chat:

  • Brad Brown, school improvement officer for the Kent School District, overseeing all middle and alternative schools. Brown has spent nearly 20 years in education, including 10 years as a building principal, and has piloted the restorative justice model at the school level.
  • Jody McVittie, a former physician and co-founder of the nonprofit organization Sound Discipline. In her current role at Sound Discipline, she consults with school staff, trains parent educators, teaches parent education classes, and provides coaching to teachers and parents.
  • Sharonne Navas, co-founder and executive director of the Equity in Education Coalition, a group of communities of color and their allies that work to close the opportunity gap for children throughout Washington state.

This conversation marked the culmination of a series of stories Rowe has written on this topic over the past six months. You can read the others here, here, here and here.

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Here is a full replay of the discussion: