Wednesday, October 12, 2016

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About Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Principal's Office?

Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Principal's Office?

Beginning as early as preschool, Black students are disproportionately suspended and expelled from school. As many of these students reach adulthood, these punishments can lead to legal trouble, creating what some call the “school-to-prison pipeline” that affects many Black communities.

Why are Black students punished more than others in the classroom? Based on his extensive research and teaching experience, Abe demonstrates that the racial achievement gap cannot be solved without first addressing the discipline gap. In communities across the state, crucial questions must be faced: What is the difference between subjective and objective forms of discipline? What is “academic self-esteem” and “Cool Pose?” And in a state where 90% of teachers are White and the student body is only 56% White, would a more diverse teaching staff help? Does the discipline gap affect other communities of color? And what solutions can we can learn to help ALL students succeed? Explore how all of us—citizens, educators, law enforcement, and others—can close the gap.

About the Speaker:

Dr. Daudi Abe is a professor, writer, and historian who has taught and written about race, gender, education, hip-hop, and sports spanning four decades.

Dr. Abe’s forthcoming book, Emerald Street: A History of Hip-Hop in Seattle, will be published in 2020 by University of Washington Press. His writing has been featured locally in The Stranger, The Seattle Times, and Crosscut, and he has appeared on national media such as MSNBC, and NPR. In 2013 6 N the Morning: West Coast Hip-Hop Music 1987-1992 & the Transformation of Mainstream Culture (Over the Edge Books) was published.

Dr. Abe has taught all levels from kindergarten to graduate school, serving the last fifteen-plus years as an instructor at Seattle Central College, where he has developed several courses, including 'HUM 125: Hip-Hop Theory & Culture' and 'HUM 130: Sports & Culture'.

Working with educators has always been of great interest, and recently Dr. Abe has helped develop the Academy for Rising Educators (ARE), a partnership between Seattle Central College and Seattle Public Schools to develop and certify homegrown, culturally responsive teachers.

Dr. Abe has expanded this critical discourse with educators into law enforcement, including the design and delivery of a first-of-its-kind 'History of Race & Policing' pilot course at the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission.

Dr. Abe holds an MA in human development and earned a PhD in education from the University of Washington.

About Elks Temple History Pub

Elks Temple History Pub

These monthly, free events are open to everyone interested in Oregon, Washington and Pacific Northwest history. Co-sponsored by like-minded historical and civic organizations, we bring you experts, scholars, first-person experiencers and historians who expound on topics from Lewis and Clark to shipwrecks, hop growing to women pioneers and far, far beyond. It's like being back in the classroom - except this time you get to settle into comfortable seats and enjoy a drink or two with dinner while you listen and learn.

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