Safe & Supportive Schools Collaborative Education Summit November 3, 2023

The Safe & Supportive Schools Collaborative hosted its first Education Summit on November 3, 2023. The Collaborative consists of the Earl Carl Institute for Legal and Social Policy, Inc., Disability Rights Texas, Mental Health America, and Texas Appleseed. In addition, The Harris County Public Defender’s Office joined in hosting the event. This event brought together political leaders, school district personnel, non-profit agencies, local government agencies, and parents in the Greater Houston area who work in the realms of advocacy, research, and education of our most at-risk youth. 

Attendees heard from high-profile speakers and participants who shared best practices for leading the charge toward an educational system that prioritizes student safety while incorporating restorative practices to create a welcoming environment where students can flourish. There were also meaningful conversations that included a solutions-oriented approach to current issues in education that disproportionately impact students of color, LGBTQ+ youth, and students with disabilities. 

This was truly an event that helped initiate the creation of a “New Agenda” aimed at galvanizing this vital collaborative work on behalf of our children and youth.

Earl Carl Institute Executive Director Sarah Guidry Interview, KPRC's Ask Amy Segment

Pushout, A Documentary Trailer

“PUSHOUT: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools” is a feature length prime-time television special on the educational and judicial disparities facing African American girls in the United States. The film, based on Dr. Monique W. Morris’ ground-breaking book of the same name, confronts the criminalization and miseducation of Black girls that has led to their alarming high school dropout rate and increase into the juvenile justice system. PUSHOUT looks at education’s revolving door into the juvenile justice system, mainstream society’s perception of Black girls and examine what it will take to make certain these vulnerable youth are not dismissed as throwaway kids. The finished documentary takes a deep dive into the systemic cultural beliefs, politics and practices that criminalize and dehumanize Black girls in America and couples that with thoughtful analysis that points the way to the work being done to assure a far more just and equitable future for these girls.

Thank you to the Harris County Juvenile Probation Department for permission to display the following information.

Thank you to the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) for permission to display the following information.

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