Researcher discusses racial disproportionality

For Immediate Release: Jan. 25, 2016

BLOOMSBURG — Research shows that children from underrepresented minorities are exposed to more frequent and harsher disciplinary procedures than their white counterparts, similar to higher rates of arrests and incarceration for adults from racial minorities.

Kent McIntosh, who has done extensive research in positive behavior support, school systems change and sustainability of evidence-based interventions, will discuss this racial and ethnic disproportionality in a free lecture sponsored by Bloomsburg University’s McDowell Institute of Teacher Excellence in Positive Behavior Support on Tuesday, Feb. 9, at 6 p.m. in Carver Hall, Kenneth S. Gross Auditorium.

Associate professor at the University of Oregon’s College of Education and director of the Educational and Community Supports research unit, McIntosh will present a multiple component approach, based on five interrelated steps, in “How Can We Reduce Racial Disproportionality in School Discipline?”

McIntosh’s research focuses on implementation and sustainability of school-based interventions, reducing discipline disparities, and integrated academic and behavior support. He is lead author of more than 50 publications and principal or co-investigator of research supported by more than $20 million in federal grant funding. In the past, he has worked as a school psychologist, teacher trainer and teacher in both general and special education.

For information, contact BU’s McDowell Institute at 570-389-5222.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 10,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.