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CSCC, VDOE prepare for "Classrooms Not Courtrooms" event
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The Greater Richmond Convention Center will host the "Classrooms Not Courtrooms: School Discipline and the Achievement Gap Institute” event on July 27-28.

VCU’s Center for School-Community Collaboration, in conjunction with the Virginia Department of Education, will co-host, “Classrooms Not Courtrooms: School Discipline and the Achievement Gap Institute” at the Greater Richmond Convention Center from July 27-28.

The event, geared toward school superintendents, principals and other administrators and behavior interventionalists, will explore ways to decrease racial and ethnic disproportionality in school discipline.

Dr. Kent McIntosh, the associate director of educational and community supports for the University of Oregon, will provide the keynote address, “Key Elements of Policies to Address Discipline Disproportionality.”

In addition to McIntosh’s presentation, the Virginia Department of Juvenile Justice’s Deron Phipps and Lisa Floyd will speak on their department’s transformation. Governor Terry McAuliffe, Secretary of Education Anne Holton and Superintendent of Public Instruction Steven Staples are also scheduled to appear.

Breakout sessions will also be held throughout the two-day event, curated by panelists from across the state.

These sessions will explore such topics as accountability for equitable student outcomes, removing or reducing exclusionary practices, and how to use effective instruction to reduce discipline and the achievement gap.

For more information about the event, including the complete schedule, please visit the Virginia Tiered Systems of Supports Research and Implementation Center website.

About the Center for School-Community Collaboration

One of the VCU School of Education’s eight affiliated centers, the Center for School-Community Collaboration brings together schools, community groups, and government agencies for a common goal: to improve the lives of Virginia’s youth through evidence-based policies and practices in prevention science.

The center's training emphasizes community team efforts, and provides follow-up technical assistance for parent, school and community groups.

Among the subjects that the CSCC’s training covers include youth alcohol and drug use, youth violence, gang activity, school crisis, bullying, truancy and school dropout.