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Disciplinary Equity: Classroom Resources

Topics:Use Engaging Instruction | Implement a Behavior Framework | Collect, Use Disaggregated Data | Develop Policies with Accountability for Disciplinary Equity | Teach Strategies for Neutralizing Implicit Bias in Discipline Decisions

Use Engaging Instruction

Effective and Efficient Teaching Video – Secondary
This highly practical and accessible resource gives special and general education teachers the tools to implement explicit instruction in any grade level or content area. The authors are leading experts who provide clear guidelines for identifying key concepts, strategies, skills, and routines to teach; designing and delivering effective lessons; and giving students opportunities to practice and master new material. Sample lesson plans, lively examples, and replicable checklists and teacher worksheets enhance the utility of the volume. Dr. Archer has had the opportunity to demonstrate explicit instructional lessons in many general and special education classes. These video clips illustrate many of the concepts and practices introduced in Explicit Instruction: Effective and Efficient Teaching.

Effective and Efficient Teaching Video – Elementary
This highly practical and accessible resource gives special and general education teachers the tools to implement explicit instruction in any grade level or content area. The authors are leading experts who provide clear guidelines for identifying key concepts, strategies, skills, and routines to teach; designing and delivering effective lessons; and giving students opportunities to practice and master new material. Sample lesson plans, lively examples, and replicable checklists and teacher worksheets enhance the utility of the volume. Dr. Archer has had the opportunity to demonstrate explicit instructional lessons in many general and special education classes. These video clips illustrate many of the concepts and practices introduced in Explicit Instruction: Effective and Efficient Teaching.

Lessons for Social Emotional Learning​
This website offers SEL options through an equity lens. Specific items include: 6 minute SEL lessons, racial equity cards, and digital notebooks.

Implement a Behavior Framework

Pennsylvania Career Ready Skills (PA CRS)
PA CRS are social emotional learning progressions that support the development of student competence. The PA CRS are grouped into three domains: 1) self-awareness and self-management, 2) establishing and maintaining relationships, and 3) social problem solving. The PA CRS are useful for embedding into current tiered support systems K-12. A toolkit, continuum and other important resources are provided.

Mental Health Supports - PDE Office for Safe Schools
Mental health disorders in children and adolescents are described as serious changes in the way children typically learn, behave, or handle their emotions, causing distress and problems getting through the day. It is estimated that approximately 30 percent of school aged children will experience a behavioral, mental, or developmental condition in any given year. This page contains resources for parents, educators, and professionals serving children and youth in the school and community settings. Equitable practices are appropriate and necessary to support students with mental health concerns.

Collect, Use Disaggregated Data

Using Data To Support Implementation of Positive Classroom Behavior Support Practices and Systems
There are two main purposes of this technical guide. First, it guides educators to use data for decision-making as they implement Positive Classroom Behavior Support (PCBS) practices. Second, it guides school leadership teams to use data for decision making when implementing systems to support educators' implementation of PCBS. Using data to guide decisions can maximize responsiveness to students' and educators' needs. This technical guide is intended to support data selection and use at the Tier 1 level for classrooms and is not intended to describe the more intensive data collection strategies required to support students or educators receiving Tier 2 or 3 supports.

Develop Policies with Accountability for Disciplinary Equity

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Teach Strategies for Neutralizing Implicit Bias in Discipline Decisions

Checking Yourself for Bias in the Classroom
Teaching Tolerance offered this resource from a practicing teacher to describe the importance of recognizing and addressing personal biases. In the teacher's classroom, she provides an example of student behavior and her internal dialogue to determine if her bias is responsible for her decisions in whether or not to move to disciplinary action. Educators may use this resource to hear real-world examples of manifested bias in classrooms.

5 Keys to Challenging Implicit Bias
This brief article details ways educators can challenge implicit bias in their roles with colleagues and students. The author, Shane Safir, offers to "challenge implicit biases by identifying your own, teaching colleagues about them, observing gap-closing teachers, stopping 'tone policing,' and tuning into such biases at your school." Reflective questions are also posed to the reader to consider as they begin the process of understanding how bias shows up in school settings.