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An Equity-focused PBIS Approach for Increasing Racial Equity in School Discipline

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This presentation will describe and share results from Project ReACT, a federally-funded project to address racial discipline disproportionality within a positive behavioral interventions and supports (PBIS) framework. The presenter will share ReACT strategies, including the neutralizing routine, a strategy to respond instructionally to unwanted behaviors at times when our snap decisions may be influenced by implicit biases. 

By the end of this webinar, you’ll be able to:

  • Describe elements of an effective intervention approach to increase racial equity in school discipline
  • Identify when our implicit biases are most likely to affect our discipline decisions
  • Create and use your own neutralizing routine to use school-wide 

This research-to-practice webinar is a collaboration with our friends at the National Center for Special Education Research (NCSER), which funds some of Dr. McIntosh’s research. Learn more about NCSER at and more about PBIS at  

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About the presenter: Kent McIntosh, Ph.D., is the Philip H. Knight Chair of Special Education at the University of Oregon and Director of Educational and Community Supports, a research unit in the College of Education. His current research focuses on implementation and sustainability of school-based interventions, reducing racial discipline disparities, and integrated academic and behavior support. He is lead author of over 80 peer reviewed journal articles, presenter of over 50 keynote addresses, and principal or co-investigator of over $60 million in federal grant funding, including from the National Center for Special Education Research (NCSER). He is Co-Director of the Center on Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports and lead of the Center’s Equity Workgroup, as well as a founding member of the PBIS-SCP Canada Network and a member of the Board of Directors of the Association for Positive Behavior Support.

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