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Sunday, June 30 • 11:45am - 1:15pm
Stopping the Push Out: School Climate and Discipline

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Did you know that in some communities across New York State a student is being suspended every 3 minutes? By pushing students out of the classrooms, we are shutting them out of an education.  From Buffalo to New York City, this plenary will explore the strategies that keep students in school and learning and help you decipher whether your school is creating solutions not suspensions.

Moderators
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Betty Lewis

Lead Organizer, Citizen Action
Brian Trzeciak has been with Citizen Action for three years, working on campaigns ranging from fair elections to suspensions. For many years, Buffalo had one of the highest suspension rates in New York State with a student being suspended nearly every three minutes. After two years of hard work bringing together the Buffalo community around suspensions, Brian and the Buffalo team won a great victory in the passage of a new Code of Conduct that is... Read More →

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Kaitlin Banner

Staff Attorney, Advancement Project
Kaitlin Banner is a staff attorney in the Ending the Schoolhouse to Jailhouse Track program.  Prior to joining Advancement Project, Kaitlin was Clinical Instructor at the Took Crowell Institute for At-Risk Youth at the UDC David A. Clarke School of Law.  Students and professors in the clinic (among other things) represent families in special education and school discipline cases, and advocate for policies that promote positive... Read More →
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Isobel Davies

Restorative Rochester
Isobel Davies is part of the Restorative Rochester network, a group that hopes to make Rochester the most restorative city in the US, with a current focus on the Rochester City School System. She coordinates the Restorative Transition Circles program for Volunteers of America of Western New York, primarily working with individuals in the local correction facility and their families. She also volunteers with Partners in... Read More →
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Maria Fernandez

Senior Coordinator, Urban Youth Collaborative
Maria Fernandez coordinates the Annenberg Institute’s support for the work of the Urban Youth Collaborative, a citywide coalition of youth organizing groups for comprehensive educational improvement in New York City. For the past nine years, she has been organizing young people around educational justice issues, including ending the criminalization and push-out of low-income students of color in New York City public schools; implementing... Read More →
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Neissa Fils

Neissa Fils is a 17 year old junior at Bronx International Highschool, a school of the Morris Campus Highschool in the Bronx. She was born in Haiti and came to the United States a year and a half go. Since then Neissa has been very active in the campus wide Morris student leadership council. The Morris Student Leadership Council is a student led group that works to promote restorative justice and campus unity at Morris Campus while developing... Read More →
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James Payne

James Payne is a graduate of Wilberforce University and holds a Masters of Arts degree from Clark Atlanta University. He is currently employed by the Buffalo Board of Education and is also a member of 100 Black Men of Greater Buffalo,Inc.  He has helped to developed one of the most progressive mentoring programs in Western New York and attends the Friendship Baptist church and teaches Sunday school.  James is a Board Member of... Read More →


Sunday June 30, 2013 11:45am - 1:15pm
Ballroom C Hilton Albany

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