Smith summarizes efforts to transform the negative and disrespectful culture at a small California high school with a racially diverse student population. Here a humanizing approach to discipline, rooted in an affirmation of students and their families, and entailing an alignment of school and family values with the school’s mission, has been successful.

Author Biography

Darrick Smith is currently an assistant professor of Educational Leadership at the University of San Francisco. As a community-engaged scholar, Dr. Smith serves as a consultant to secondary and postsecondary institutions on equity concerns in the areas of policy, pedagogy, and leadership. His research interests are culturally responsive discipline practices, equity in the community colleges, critical pedagogy, transformative leadership, and education for social justice.



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