UrbEd Inc. is facilitating an iTAG on building an understanding of underprivileged students’ rights and needs in schools. Specifically, we want to focus on the school to prison pipeline and teacher diversity because these are extremely significant factors in how unhealthy classroom environments are created. Zero tolerance policies have plagued Philadelphia classrooms for decades and have an especially negative effect on low-income minority students.
To work towards ending these issues we must change the environments and cultures of these schools. In this iTAG we will look at how the school to prison pipeline has been addressed in other environment and how it can be practically addressed in our schools and our communities. We will focus on restorative justice, student-driven solutions, and classroom solution. We must also address the lack of diversity in faculty. Encouraging more people of color, particularly Black males to teach in schools.
As students, we have a unique perspective on these issues. We're extremely excited to lead this conversation and bring in a mix of people in the room to generate practical solutions.
Presenters: Zoey Tweh, Advocacy & Policy Director + Horace Ryans III, Special Projects Coordinator