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Commission for Dismantling the School-to-Prison Pipeline

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Attend the 2016 NCTE Annual Convention in Atlanta in November. Commissions will meet on Friday, November 18 from 2:30-3:45 p.m. and Saturday, November 19 from 2:45-4:00 p.m. (rooms yet to be assigned) and join our discussions!

David E. Kirkland, New York University, New York, NY

sj Miller
, New York University's Metropolitan Center for Research on Equity and the Transformation of Schools, New York, NY

Commission Liaison:
Tonya Perry, University of Alabama, Birmingham

The commission seeks to establish an activist working group of constituents who will critically engage with School-to-Prison Pipeline (STPP) research and disseminate and engage with ‘glocal’ communities and their constituents where NCTE/CEE hosts conventions. Members of this commission will continue to engage in ongoing critique and defense of STPP scholarship and service that bridge from their home institutions into their local communities. The mission of the commission is to promote literacy development and racial justice across schools of education in order to disrupt the future placement of students into the STTP. Our work seeks to support schools/colleges of education to help teachers recognize the power they have and the agency that is required to dismantle the STPP for all students, the majority of whom are Black, impoverished, and/or with disabilities (and intersectionalities), and build a school-to-opportunity pipeline (STOP). This shift is necessary in order to alter the perceptions and attitudes that teachers often have about such students.  

Major Objectives:

  • The commission will seek to partner with local and national advocacy STTP groups where conventions are held and bring local constituents to conventions and/or create site visits;
  • The commission will remain actively engaged in critical analysis of research and engagement with communities related to STTP and STOP work;
  • The commission will seek to rupture dangerous research and identity paradigms that undermine the effort of proactive engagement of literacy and racial justice with STTP work; and,
  • The commission will collaborate on service and scholarship projects that address the constituents “positioned” within the STTP discourse including but not limited to diverse, youth-oriented research methods—Youth Participatory Action Research, photovoice and photo elicitation.

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