NCSI Podcast – General Soup – Episode 4: Pursuing Equity and Moving Beyond a Compliance-Driven Approach to Addressing Disproportionality
Episode 4 of NCSI’s “General Soup” podcast focuses on a key responsibility and priority of state general supervision system — disrupting disproportionality or the over-identification of certain groups of students, particularly Black students and other students of color, for special education services and/or disciplinary action. What are the root causes of disproportionality? How can state education agencies support schools and districts to address it? What are the limits of approaching disproportionality as solely a compliance issue rather than recognizing it as evidence of a need for full-scale systems transformation? How do students themselves think about and define disproportionality and what might their framing offer us in terms of solutions? What role can Culturally Responsive and Sustaining Education play in disrupting disproportionality? How can states leverage their general supervision systems to promote equitable opportunities and outcomes for all students?
Please join join hosts Susan Hayes and Sara Doutre for a rich and important conversation about these questions and more with two national experts in the area of disproportionality and equity, David Lopez and John Jacobs. David and John also share some helpful resources for anyone who wants to dig deeper into these topics. In addition, they offer listeners their favorite soup recipes!