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Loyola University Chicago School of Law and School of Education will be hosting an interdisciplinary working conference entitled “Reducing Suspensions and Expulsions of Students with Disabilities: Linking Research, Law, Policy and Practice. We seek papers that explore current knowledge on the causes of disproportionate discipline of students with disabilities; discuss evidence-supported practices to reduce disproportionality; and identify areas for legal and policy reforms. The papers will be presented at the conference which will occur  June 19 to June 21, 2019 at Loyola University Chicago’s Water Tower Campus (Chicago, IL).  The conference is made possible through funding from the Spencer Foundation.

This working conference will bring together a small interdisciplinary group of experts in the fields of disability and school discipline. We seek participants from multiple disciplines, including law, public policy, psychology, sociology, education and critical race theory and with research expertise from a broad range of methodologies (e.g., quantitative, qualitative and mixed methodologies).

A stipend of $400 per paper will be awarded following submission and presentation of the selected conference papers. Reasonable travel expenses for the primary author will be reimbursed upon submission of receipts. Following the conference, up to 10 authors will be invited to submit a conference paper for publication in an edited journal volume or a proposed edited book, and each will receive a $400 stipend following submission of the finalized paper and completion of the review and editing process.

Please see this document “Discipline Disparities and Disability Conference 2019” for full submission requirements. Send your completed submission materials to: discipline.disparity@gmail.com  (CC pfennin@luc.edu) by September 30, 2018 (midnight, CST).  Please also write “Discipline Disparities 2019 Conference Proposal” in the subject line.

If you have any questions, please feel free to get in touch with either Pamela Fenning (pfennin@luc.edu) or Miranda Johnson (mjohnson11@luc.edu).