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The Minority and Justice Commission and Equity in Education Coalition are excited to announce the launch of a free, five-part, professional growth series entitled, Eliminating the Pipeline: Transforming Juvenile Justice and School Discipline. The series will take a new approach to eliminating the “school-to-prison pipeline” by bringing together educators and courts to transform the current school discipline climate and involvement with the juvenile justice system through a racial equity lens. Each workshop in the series will build on each other. If possible, please plan to attend all of the workshops.

When children are referred to courts for school behavior, it can result in criminalization; creating a criminal record, criminal debt, or detention in some instances. The Commission recognizes that a disproportionate number of court-involved youth are children of color, children from low socioeconomic backgrounds, and children with disabilities. We seek to address and highlight the important role that courts can play in redirecting and reconnecting court-involved youth to education and social supports in their communities.

We invite you to join us for our first workshop: Understanding Why Racial Equity In Education Is Important. The workshop will be held on Thursday, April 27, 2017, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. at the Tukwila Community Center. Register today. Space is limited. More information attached.

Online Registration: http://eec-wa.org/event/discipline-series/

Email: Discipline@eec-wa.org

Phone: (206) 486-6031

Workshops:

  1. Before we begin: Understanding why racial equity in education is important

Location: Tukwila Community Center

Date: Thursday, April 27, 5:30-8:30 pm

  1. Entering the pipeline: Early learning and discipline

Location: Tukwila Community Center

Date: Friday, June 9 5:30-8:30 pm

  1. Through the pipeline (Part I): Discipline in the school building

Location: Tukwila Community Center

Date: Thursday, September 14, 5:30-8:30 pm

  1. Through The Pipeline (Part II): Action and reaction

Location: Tukwila Community Center

Date: Thursday, November 9, 5:30-8:30 pm

  1. Into the Courthouse: Courts igniting change

Location: Tukwila Community Center

Date: TBD