Presentation Title

Securing the Education Pipeline by Ending the School to Prison Pipeline

Brief Biography

Pamela Perkins Carn, Coordinator, Interfaith Children’s Movement (“ICM”)

ICM began its work on ending the school to prison pipeline in 2008 and held its first “School to Prison Pipeline” forum in 2009 at the Adamsville Recreation Center in Atlanta, GA, in collaboration with Georgia State University’s School of Social Work. Recognizing that our children’s educational success depends on their ability to stay in school, ICM further developed this effort into an ongoing statewide campaign to raise awareness of this systematic process of removing children from the formal education process in our public schools. ICM’s “Every Child A Learner” (ECAL) campaign embraces the right of every child in Georgia to receive the highest quality public education because there’s no such thing as a child who can’t learn.

Marlyn Tillman is the director of the ACLU Foundation of Georgia’s School to Prison Pipeline project. She has been involved with the ACLU of Georgia since 2007, but she has been a community organizer and public education advocate for many years. Marlyn has lobbied on the state and national level to impact education policies as it pertains to the STPP and currently serves on the Gwinnett County Human Relations Commission and the Gwinnett County Public Schools GEMS Committee which reviews curriculum. She has been an active PTA member and an alumnae of the Gwinnett Neighborhood Leadership Institute. In 2007, she co-founded the Gwinnett Parent Coalition to Dismantle the School to Prison Pipeline (Gwinnett SToPP), a parent led community-centered advocacy group focused on reversing the school to prison pipeline trend by increasing public awareness and promoting policy changes through data accountability and fact-based incident reporting. Marlyn was the 2007 recipient of the Georgia Civil Liberties Award from the ACLU of Georgia and a member of the coordinating committee for the national Dignity in Schools Campaign.

Highest Degree of Presenter(s)

BA

Presentation Abstract

A presentation and discussion led by Pamela Perkins Carn, Coordinator for the Interfaith Children’s Movement and Marlyn Tillman, STPP Project Director for the ACLU of Georgia and co-founder of Gwinnett SToPP, which provides a more detailed view of the School to Prison Pipeline issue. The presentation includes background and definition; state, national and local data trends; interactive discussion; and audience questions. The goal is to educate participants on the characteristics, contributors and consequences of the School to Prison Pipeline.

The workshop also highlights evidence-based/evidence informed school climate improvement frameworks to dismantle the pipeline, such as Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS), restorative practices and other such methodologies that focus on increasing desirable behaviors instead of punishing undesirable ones.

Participants also will depart with information to advocate for policy changes to mitigate the School to Prison Pipeline in their communities.

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Securing the Education Pipeline by Ending the School to Prison Pipeline

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A presentation and discussion led by Pamela Perkins Carn, Coordinator for the Interfaith Children’s Movement and Marlyn Tillman, STPP Project Director for the ACLU of Georgia and co-founder of Gwinnett SToPP, which provides a more detailed view of the School to Prison Pipeline issue. The presentation includes background and definition; state, national and local data trends; interactive discussion; and audience questions. The goal is to educate participants on the characteristics, contributors and consequences of the School to Prison Pipeline.

The workshop also highlights evidence-based/evidence informed school climate improvement frameworks to dismantle the pipeline, such as Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS), restorative practices and other such methodologies that focus on increasing desirable behaviors instead of punishing undesirable ones.

Participants also will depart with information to advocate for policy changes to mitigate the School to Prison Pipeline in their communities.