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GIlliam & Powell
Drs. Walter Gilliam & Tunette Powell present: What’s Going On: Choosing Understanding over Escalating and Punishing | Recording & Resources
June 30, 2022

The Northwest MHTTC is excited to co-sponsor the UW SMART Center's Annual 2022 Speaker Series. Originally a series of in-person events, we have moved these presentations to a virtual format due to COVID-19. 

Recording & Resources:


Please Note: Distorted audio improves at timestamp (00:09:20) following the introduction


Learning Objectives:

  • Define the rate at which we are suspending young children and the disproportionality.
  • Describe and offer a better understanding of the bias of suspension disproportionality.
  • Collaborate with families and other educators to better serve the needs of all children.


About the Presenters:

Walter Gilliam, PhDGilliam Headshot

Professor of Child Psychiatry and Psychology, Director of the Edward Zigler Center in Child Development and Social Policy @Yale University Child Study Center

Walter S. Gilliam is the Elizabeth Mears & House Jameson Professor of Child Psychiatry and Psychology at the Yale University Child Study Center and Director of the Edward Zigler Center in Child Development and Social Policy. Dr. Gilliam is Vice President of ZERO TO THREE, a past president of Child Care Aware of America; a board director for the Irving Harris Foundation, First Children’s Finance, and All Our Kin; and a former Senior Advisor to the National Association for the Education of Young Children. He is frequently quoted in major national and international news outlets, and actively provides consultation and invited testimony to decision-makers in the U.S. and other countries. He was co-recipient of the prestigious 2008 Grawemeyer Award in Education for the coauthored book, A Vision for Universal Preschool Education.





Tunette Powell, PhD

Director of Equity, Inclusion and Community @Mirman School, Los Angeles

Dr. Tunette Powell is an activist mama, storyteller and scholar of race, kinship, trauma, racism and knowledge whose current research centers on Black families with children in early childhood education and school-induced collective trauma. She currently serves as the Director of Equity, Inclusion and Community at the Mirman School in Los Angeles. Dr. Powell earned her PhD in Education from the University of California, Los Angeles. She formerly served as the interim director of the UCLA Parent Empowerment Project.





Learn more about other events in the series here

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