Workshop Description: This two-part series (Session 1 & 2 and Session 3 & 4) focuses on the Self Review process initiated when a district is cited for disproportionate outcomes. The trainings provide a culturally responsive lens to the Self Review process. Systemic inequities will be interrogated while examining policies, practices, and beliefs related to special education placement, classification, and suspension of students with disabilities.
- Session 1 and Session 3: Assessing Our Data, Policies, and Practices Related to Disproportionality Through a Culturally Responsive Lens This session introduces participants to the systemic nature of disproportionality and how the issue relates to complex interactions between policies, practices and beliefs. The session will focus on critically understanding how IDEA legislation, disproportionality, equity, cultural responsiveness, and the Self Review Process intersect with efforts to address disproportionate outcomes. Participants should bring to the session their district’s citation letter, 2015-16 discipline, classification and placement data, codes of conduct, CSE referral forms, and discipline referral forms to the session.
- Session 2 and Session 4: Taking Action: Developing Culturally Responsive Policies and Practices to Address Disproportionality. This will be a working session aimed at transforming beliefs, policies and practices around instruction, discipline and/or organizational structures that are perpetuating current inequities. One goal will be to analyze, develop, revise, and/or adapt existing policies, procedures or practices that build on cultural responsiveness and support students and their families within the lens of the Self Review process.