Navigating the School-to-Prison Nexus

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Keon McGuire or Melanie Bertrand
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  • The MLFTC Equity Council invites you to join the School-to-Prison Nexus. Through discussion of readings, media, and special guests, we will examine how school systems steer Black, Latinx, Indigenous, and/or students with disabilities towards incarceration through such practices as suspension and expulsion. We will also uncover the myriad practices schools and prisons have in common. As educators, we have a responsibility to care for students. We also have influence that we can use to affect change. This group will attempt to understand the challenges, consider what we can do to affect change as individual professionals, and collaborate to garner the knowledge and resources of MLFTC to disrupt the incarceration of our youth. This Educational Equity Literacy Community will be hosted by Dr. Lauren Katzman and Sarup R. Mather


    • Monthly 90-minute meetings facilitated by group members focused on selected resources (readings, films, special guests). The group will meet in March and April and if all goes as planned, start again in September.

    Focus of Group:

    • Understanding what is the “school-to-prison nexus.”
    • Developing ideas of what we can do to change the course of the nexus, both individually and as a school.

    Some possible resources we might use:

    • Laura, Crystal T. Being Bad: My Baby Brother and the School-to-Prison Pipeline (Teaching For Social Justice Series). Teachers College Press.
    • Center for Civil Rights Remedy (2012). Opportunities Suspended: The Disparate Impact of Disciplinary Exclusion from School
    • DuVernay, A. (Writer, Director). (2016). 13th. Kandoo Films

    Lauren katzman headshot Lauren Katzman, Ed.D.. is the Executive Director of the Urban Collaborative and Associate Research Professor at ASU. She is also an adjunct professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and was Associate Professor at Boston University. In the field of district administration, Dr. Katzman served as the Assistant to the Superintendent for Special Education Services for the Newark Public Schools and the Executive Director of Special Education in the New York City Department of Education. She co-authored the book Effective Inclusive Schools: Designing Successful Schoolwide Programs with Dr. Thomas Hehir, former Director of the Office of Special Education Programs at the U.S. Department of Education and was a special education teacher for 14 years. Katzman works on issues such as the disproportionate representation of students of color classified as disabled, educated in segregated classes, and experiencing disciplinary actions. She has conducted research on effective inclusive urban schools and prepared pre-service teachers, administrators, and researchers to build and support these effective practices. Lauren’s current work as Executive Director for the Urban Collaborative seeks to bring administrators, researchers, and practitioners together to work jointly to bring together what are often fragmented areas of work into cohesive practices that positively affect those with disabilities.

    sarup headshot  Sarup R. Mathur is a professor of special education in the division of educational leadership and innovation. She is nationally recognized for her work in the field of emotional and behavioral disorders.
    Professor Mathur has been the coeditor of the special issue of Education and Treatment of Children on Severe Behavior Disorders of Children and Youth for more than 20 years. She has authored/co-authored numerous articles on the topics related to professional development of teachers, effective strategies for children with emotional and behavioral disorders, and transition and re-entry of juvenile offenders.
    Professor Mathur is a former secretary and president of the Council for Children with Behavioral Disorders and the past president of Teacher Educators for Children with Behavioral Disorders. She has also been an associate director of the National Center of Education, Disability, and Juvenile Justice. She was a co-PI for the In-STEP program funded by USAID that focused on providing professional learning experiences to visiting scholars from India who were enrolled in a 3-month residency program in the Teachers College.

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