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Educational Justice Fall Symposium

Schoool Safety and Academic Achievement

What can schools do to create safe, orderly schools where all students have the freedom to learn and thrive? How can improved school safety boost student performance?

These and other questions will be explored during the Educational Justice Fall Symposium: School Safety and Academic Achievement. The event on Oct. 27 at 6 p.m. in the university’s Hall of Letters Room 100 is free and open to the public.

Panelists from the fields of education, law enforcement and higher education will speak at the event, which will include presentations and an extensive question and answer session.

Panelists will include:

  • Albert Jones, an education professor at Cal State University Los Angeles;
  • Jim Bueermann, Redlands police chief;
  • Sam Buenrostro, Riverside County Principal of the Year;
  • Diane Baker, student services counselor for the Redlands school district;
  • Gary Underwood, San Bernardino City Unified School District police chief;
  • Valesca Lopez, director of student services for Redlands school district; and
  • Greg Plutko, deputy superintendent for the Corona-Norco school district.

The symposium is sponsored by the Institute for Educational Justice, a forum for research, policy development and professional training on issues related to equity, fairness, care, respect and critical consciousness of social inequities in schools and society.

Jose Lalas, a Redlands education professor and director of the institute, said the relationship between school safety and academic achievement is an important one for advocates of educational and social justice to consider.

“We know that we need to continue doing more to ensure that students receive the instruction and experiences they need in the classroom,” Lalas said. “And we know that learning simply cannot take place when school environments are chaotic or otherwise unsafe. This is an issue that we have to speak honestly about so that it can be properly addressed.”

Call 909-748-8815 to RSVP or for more information.

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