"Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Principal's Office?" with Dr. Daudi Abe
FREE! All ages welcome!
Doors at 5:30 PM, program at 7:00 PM
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, Dr. Daudi 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. His 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.
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'.
Recently Dr. Abe 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 holds an MA in human development and earned a PhD in education from the University of Washington.