Kristine J. Melloy, President CCBD
As I write this article I am flying over the drought stricken Midwest - from here it looks beautiful. Last week I drove through Iowa and South Dakota and saw first hand what nature had done to the corn and soy bean crops this year - from that viewpoint it looks devastated. The farm and ranch families are on the front line for what we will all feel in the months to come, mainly at the grocery store. Yet I am reminded to be grateful for all that we have and it is with a heart filled with gratitude that I come to you as your new president.
I thank the outgoing members of the Executive Committee, especially president Dr. Diana Rogers-Adkinson. Diana led the EC in successfully finalizing the work of the Core Committee and celebrating CCBD's 50th Anniversary with a gala during our conference in New Orleans. Under Diana's leadership, CCBD launched its first webinar in collaboration with CEC that resulted in an unprecedented level of outreach to our constituents of this type of professional development. The webinar on the topic of seclusion and restraint also resulted in a significant amount of income that will allow us to further our work on behalf of children and youth with EBD. On behalf of all those you serve, thank you!
Perhaps it is ironic that I write this from 30,000 feet as a leader often has to have a view from above. Given what has gone on in the last year legislatively, CCBD certainly will continue to take a leadership role in moving the Seclusion and Restraint Bill forward. Most recently, former CCBD president Dr. Michael George was asked to testify in Washington by Senator Harkin on creating positive learning environments for students with EBD in hearings related to the Seclusion and Restraint Bill. CCBD's leadership, advocacy, knowledge and skills related to alternatives to seclusion, restraint and suspension and positive behavior intervention and support continues to gain momentum thanks to our Advocacy and Governmental Affairs Committee led by Dr. Susan Albrecht.
Dr. Claudia Rinaldi and Dr. Kelley Kassman will lead us into the next phase of meeting the professional development needs of our members and others who serve students with EBD. Currently conference planners are being interviewed and by our next newsletter, a new person will be in place to help with the process of offering excellent CCBD conferences.
I look forward to sharing with you in the coming months other work of CCBD. I am excited to be your president and although I am known for being able to take a look from 30,000 feet, I am also a 'boots on the ground' type of person too.
Have a great year!
Advocacy in Action
Susan Fread Albrecht
The Civil Rights Project at UCLA released the following text in early August. Written by Daniel Losen, co-author of CCBD’s position paper on disproportionality in special education eligibility determination, and Jon Gillespie, the authors emphasize the critical need for schools to track, examine, and respond to data on the suspension and exclusion of students with disabilities in American schools.
Millions of Children Find the Schoolhouse Door Locked
UCLA Center for Civil Rights Remedies Finds Shocking Suspension Rates in thousands of districts across the nation.
(Los Angeles, CA) Today, the Center for Civil Rights Remedies at the Civil Rights Project/Proyecto Derechos Civiles issued “Opportunities Suspended: The Disparate Impact of Disciplinary Exclusion From School,”a nationwide report based on an analysis of Federal government suspension-related data from the 2009-10 school year for grades K-12. This first-ever breakdown of nearly 7,000 districts found that 17% of African American students nationwide received an out-of-school suspension compared to about 5% of White students. The comparable rate for Latinos was 7%. The data analyzed covered about 85% of the nation’s public school students. The suspension rates were equally striking for students with disabilities and revealed that an estimated 13% of all students with disabilities were suspended nationally, approximately twice the rate of their non-disabled peers.
The real disturbing story, however, is at the district level. This review covers school districts across the country, from every state, and it found that in nearly 200 districts, 20% or more of the total enrolled students in K-12 were suspended out of school at least once. The numbers are more shocking when broken down by race and disability. For all students with disabilities, regardless of race, over 400 districts suspended 25% or more of these students. Black students with disabilities were most at risk for out-of-school suspension with an alarming 25% national average for all districts in the sample.
The report breaks down suspension rates by state and race, and provides links to in-depth profiles of the suspension rates for every district in the sample. The alarmingly high suspension figures highlighted in the report are in stark contrast to the thousands of other districts in the report that suspended 3% or less of each subgroup.
"The frequent use of out-of-school suspension results in increased dropout rates and heightened risk of youth winding up in the juvenile justice system,” stated the study’s lead author Daniel J. Losen. “We know that schools can support teachers and improve learning environments for children without forcing so many students to lose valuable days of instruction. The data show that numerous school districts are not suspending large numbers of children from any racial group. In contrast, the incredibly high numbers of students barred from school, often for the most minor infractions, defies common sense and reveals patterns of school exclusion along the lines of race and disability status that must be rejected by all members of the public school community.”
The report also reviews what research tells us about alternatives to out-of-school suspension and discusses numerous ways to respond to misbehavior that would keep children both safe and in school.
Gary Orfield, co-director of the Civil Rights Project, continued, “This important study confirms an unfortunate reality – minority students face the brunt of school-based discipline. This has to end, and the report provides thoughtful guidance to help us reach that goal.”
The report makes several recommendations to correct this disturbing trend.
- Parents: Bring large racial, gender, and disability disparities to the attention of local and state school boards;
- Federal and state governments: Provide greater support for research on evidence-based and promising interventions that will reduce the use of suspensions and other harsh disciplinary measures;
- Educators: Use disaggregated discipline data to guide and evaluate reform efforts;
- Media: Question the justification and research basis behind discipline policies that keep large numbers of children out of school.
To view a copy of “Opportunities Suspended: The Disparate Impact of Disciplinary Exclusion From School,” by Daniel Losen and Jon Gillespie, please visit http://civilrightsproject.ucla.edu/resources/projects/center-for-civil-r...
Canadian Member-at-Large Report
As the summer comes to a close and we move on into another fall I wanted to take this opportunity to introduce myself as your new Canadian Member at large for the CCBD Executive.
I want to invite all of you, our partners and members, to contact me at any time over the upcoming two year term and share with me what your needs may be, how we at CCBD can best serve you, and in particular, how I as your representative can best present your interests on the CCBD Executive Committee. Please email me email@example.com.
One of the goals set for the upcoming year is to facilitate communication between groups and individual members so that we can all become more aware of the interesting and exciting initiatives happening in our areas. Toward this endeavor, any ideas that you might have to help facilitate dialogue and exchange in this regard would be most welcome. I encourage you to send me any information of upcoming Canadian events, etc. that would be useful to all CCBD members to be aware of and I will attempt to distribute these in the hopes of increasing the profile of what might be transpiring in Canada in regard to issues, policy, challenges, and programming for students with emotional and behavioral needs. Until then…
Professional Development Grants Available!
Having trouble budgeting for conference attendance? The CCBD Foundation can help. Our professional development awards cover the cost of registration to a variety of EBD-related events, including TECBD in Tempe, Arizona, and ICAC in Minneapolis. Visit us at http://www.ccbdfoundation.org to learn more – and while you’re there, join our mailing list or friend us on Facebook, to stay up to date on all the latest Foundation news.
We are always looking for new events and conferences interested in joining our Professional Development Grant list. To learn how your event can participate, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Leadership Opportunity within CCBD!
Are you interested in service? Would you like to know more about how CCBD journals and publications work? There are currently two open positions to be filled on the publication committee at CCBD. Appointments are 3 year terms and can be renewed for a second 3 year term. Committee members serve under the Publications Chair Person. Responsibilities include attendance at the annual CEC meeting & participation in phone conferences related to ongoing CCBD publication business. Publication committee members are responsible for managing the journals Behavioral Disorders, and Beyond Behavior and CCBD Newsletter. Publication committee members may also be asked to evaluate publishers, or assist in tasks related to advancing the reach of CCBD.
Interested in participating? Please send a vitae and brief e-mail expressing your interest to Kimberly Vannestkvannest@tamu.edu by September 1, 2012.
Decisions will be made by the existing CCBD publications committee, CCBD Chair, and approved by the CCBD President. Interested persons will be notified by email by September 15, 2012.
Remembering Marjorie Montague
Marjorie E. Montague passed away the 13th of May 2012 in Denver, Colorado, at 67 years of age from rapidly advancing malignant mesothelioma. She was a long-time member of the Council for Children with Behavior Disorders and had several articles in Behavioral Disorders. At the time of her death she was a professor at the University of Miami where she had been a member of the faculty since 1987. There she directed a long-standing doctoral program on learning disabilities and behavioral disorders. During her nearly 30-year career, Professor Montague contributed substantially to educators’ and psychologists’ understanding of learning, behavior, and disabilities. She published over 60 articles, chapters, books, and curricular materials, was chair of the Special Education Special Interest Group of the American Educational Research Association, and treasurer of the International Association for Research in Learning Disabilities; was a member of the editorial boards of leading journals; and much more. We would like to remember her contributions to the field in the areas of identification of serious emotional disturbance and learning disabilities.
Start a Successful School Year with Evidence-Based Practices (EBPs)
Joe Ryan, VP CCBD Executive Committee
Students with emotional and behavioral disorders (E/BD) struggle in school perhaps more so than any other group of students. Researchers have repeatedly emphasized the importance of academic learning for students with E/BD, especially given effective instruction has been shown to help reduce many problem behaviors. So as teachers across the nation prepare for the upcoming school year, it’s critical that they incorporate evidence-based practices (EBPs) within their classrooms. A recent article by Cynthia Farley, Caroline Torres, Cat-Uyen Wailehua, and Lysandra Cook in the winter issue of Beyond Behavior provides an overview of EBPs for students with E/BD, and lists over a half dozen web sites (e.g., What Works Clearinghouse) that educators can use to search for EBPs that could help the students they work with. The article can be found on-line for CCBD members at http://www.ccbd.net/sites/default/files/bebe-21-02-37.pdf. Best wishes to everyone for a successful and gratifying school year.
Leadership Opportunity Within CCBD – Professional Development Committee
We are seeking nominations, including self-nominations, of individuals interested in serving on the professional development committee. The position will be appointed and we are seeking interested parties who can devote approximately 5 hours a month (additional time will be required leading up to conferences and other training offerings). The applicant must have an interest in collaborative work and be able to meet deadlines with other committee members. From the pool of qualified persons, the person will be selected who best complements the skills and abilities of the current committee members. People who are working outside of academia, persons from under represented groups, and Canadian members are especially encouraged to submit their names for consideration.
In addition, the committee is also seeking volunteers who perhaps aren’t able to devote the time needed to be on the committee, but have either extensive experience, or significant interest in professional development and want to support the work of the committee in less time intensive ways.
Questions or nominations should be sent to Kelley Lassman, co-chair of the professional development committee of CCBD at email@example.com.
Those nominated will be contacted by the committee and asked to submit a brief application outlining their qualifications. The deadline for nominations is September 1st.
It is an honor and privilege to be the new editor of the CCBD Newsletter! I look forward to serving the Council for Children with Behavior Disorders in this capacity. I would also like to sincerely thank Jeff Bakken, the previous editor, for his 3 years of service as editor of the Newsletter!
As a new editor, I am very interested in ways the Newsletter may be changed or updated in order to better serve the members of CCBD. Therefore, I would love to hear from you all with your comments and suggestions! Please take a few minutes to go to the link provided below and respond to a few short survey questions. It will not take long, and your input is greatly appreciated! Thank you!!
The CCBD Newsletter presents a variety of viewpoints on sensitive and diverse issues. The views expressed or implied, unless otherwise noted, should not be interpreted as official positions of the Council for Children with Behavioral Disorders.
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