SMART Center 2021 Virtual Speaker Series with Dr. Anne Gregory

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Dr. Anne Gregory: "Strengthening Relationships and Repairing Harm: A Paradigm Shift in School Discipline Practice and Research"

March 3rd, 2021

In her presentation, Dr. Gregory will discuss school and district efforts to reduce punitive approaches to discipline, decrease racial disparities in suspensions, and increase access to social emotional learning and restorative practices. Drawing from interviews with educational leaders engaged in discipline reform, she will describe their challenges with school staff buy-in and their strategies for changing mindsets. Dr. Gregory will further discuss researcher social positionality and ways of conducting equity-oriented research from the stance of strengthening relationships and repairing harm.


  • Participants will learn about research on school-based Restorative Practice initiatives.
  • Participants will learn about ways to center equity in school discipline reform.
  • Participants will learn about 12 indicators of RP implementation and strategic considerations for roll-out.


This recording is part of the UW SMART Center's 2021 Virtual Speaker Series. Learn more and register for upcoming events in the series here

Dr. Anne Gregory, Ph.D., is a professor in the Graduate SchAnne Gregoryool of Applied and Professional Psychology at Rutgers University. Dr. Gregory is a researcher in the area of racial and gender disparities in discipline and is currently examining school-wide restorative practices and equity-oriented social and emotional learning. She has authored over 60 peer-reviewed journal articles and numerous book chapters. Publications include The promise of restorative practices to transform teacher-student relationships and achieve equity in school discipline, and Social-emotional learning and equity in school discipline. Dr. Gregory recently received the Joseph E. Zins Early Career Contributions Award from the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL)

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