Event Title: Interrupting the School to Prison Pipeline Using a Trauma Informed Lens
Event Date: Wednesday, October 19th, 2022
Event Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm PST
Event Facilitators: Porter Jennings-McGarity & Lara Kain
Special Guest: Tia Martinez
Join PACEs Connection’s trauma-informed education consultant (Lara Kain) and trauma-informed criminal justice consultant (Dr. Porter Jennings-McGarity) and special guest Tia Martinez for our first ever interdisciplinary collaborative event centered around disrupting the school to prison pipeline using a trauma-informed lens.
As our children return to school this year, are you interested in learning more about how the current education system facilitates a pipeline to prison for some young people? Join us as we explore data and contributing factors such as outdated understandings of behavior, lack of knowledge about trauma and adversity, unexamined bias, an increase of school police, exclusionary discipline practices, and more. We will discuss how using a trauma-informed approach at the school and community level can interrupt the school to prison pipeline. Join PACEs Connection’s trauma-informed education consultant (Lara Kain) and trauma-informed criminal justice consultant (Dr. Porter Jennings-McGarity) and special guest Tia Martinez for our first ever interdisciplinary collaborative event! This two hour session will provide an overview of content describing the most current facts related to the school to prison pipeline, and will conclude with an interactive discussion where participants will:
- Examine our common beliefs about behavior and how the predominant understandings of and responses to behavior contribute to the school to prison pipeline
- Explore school discipline data and how the disproportionate application of exclusionary discipline adversely affects BIPOC youth and youth with disabilities which makes them more likely to engage with the justice system.
- Learn how system-wide application of an equity-centered and trauma-informed lens can be used to disrupt this cycle. This includes restorative discipline practices, opportunities for nervous system regulation, anti-racist policy and practice, and more!
About our guest: Tia Elena Martinez has over 25 years’ experience working for social justice in working class communities of color in the United States. Over the decades her work spanned a wide range of issues including mass incarceration, the school to prison pipeline, K-12 education, the HIV epidemic, the war on drugs, homelessness, affordable housing, disconnected youth, and immigration. She is currently the Managing Director of Organizing Roots, an organization that seeks to advance racial, gender, economic, and health justice by providing grassroots organizing groups with a potent combination of capacity building and coaching on conscious organizing and movement building, strategy development, and data.
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