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NEW RESOURCES: Two webinar recordings on school discipline and affirmative action

Date Published: December 18, 2013


Two recent webinar presentations are now available as recordings: 

Creating a Positive School Climate: Implementing Equitable and Effective School Discipline Practices, presented by the Alliance for Excellent Education on December 5, 2013, highlights findings from three major research efforts by CRP’s Center for Civil Rights Remedies. Webinar panelists included: Deb Delisle, Assistant Secretary, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, U.S. Department of Education; Dan Losen, Director, Center for Civil Rights Remedies at the Civil Rights Project at UCLA; Martens Roc, Policy and Advocacy Associate, Alliance for Excellent Education; Karen Webber-Ndour, Executive Director, Student Support and Safety, Baltimore City Schools; and Darryl Briggs, BSW Candidate, Lehman College. The webinar presentations cover effective school discipline that improves school climate while lowering exclusion. Discussion includes recommendations for policymakers and educators at the federal, state and local levels.  The webinar features CCRR research including:  

After the Supreme Court Affirmative Action Ruling: Does Your Campus Need to Take Action? was hosted by the Civil Rights Project on December 2, 2013, and featured national experts: James Ryan, dean, Harvard Graduate School of Education; Rachel Moran, dean, UCLA School of Law; Catherine Horn, associate professor, University of Houston and was moderated by Gary Orfield, professor and co-director, UCLA Civil Rights Project. The Supreme Court's 7-1 decision in Fisher v. University of Texas upheld the right of universities to pursue diversity, but the Court sent the case back to the lower court to determine whether the university's admissions policy was narrowly tailored and if it had demonstrated a sufficient exploration of race-neutral methods.  The webinar explores these questions and will be of interest to anyone concerned with upholding the value of diversity in their campus’ admissions or with the future of affirmative action in higher education:

  • Does the decision require any change in campus plans? 
  • How can universities most strongly support their plans with the use of existing research? 
  • What research can readily be done on your campus? 
Resources related to the Fisher case are available here and include: briefs, constitutional law scholars' analysis of the ruling, social science summary of research evidence on the value of diversity in education, and research reports. 


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