Diversity and Inclusion Science Initiative Speaker Series

Katrina Debnam, Ph.D.Katrina Debnam, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
University of Virginia
School of Nursing and Curry School of Education

Double Check: A Model for Promoting Cultural Responsiveness & Equitable Practices in Schools

Research consistently find that students of color are overrepresented in office disciplinary referrals, suspensions, and special education referrals (Bradshaw et al., 2010; Krezmien et al., 2006; Skiba et al., 2002). Few research-based programs have been developed and rigorously tested to determine their impact on reducing disparities in student discipline problems and academic engagement (Bottiani et al., 2017). To fill this gap, we have developed an innovative data-driven coaching and professional development model called Double Check (Hershfeldt et al., 2009; Rosenberg, 2007) which promotes data-based decision-making, professional development on culturally responsive practices, and coaching in culturally sensitive classroom management and student engagement strategies. The intervention is delivered through a school-wide positive behavior support framework, professional development workshops as well as tailored coaching with teachers, using an adapted version of the Classroom Check-up (Reinke, 2007). Dr. Debnam will present an overview of the Double Check model and findings from a randomized controlled trial (RCT) of Double Check in 18 elementary and middle schools.

Monday, March 26, 2018
Social Sciences Building 204