Episode 90 - Dr. Priscilla Gibson: Disproportional Suspension Among African American Youth: The Experience of Kinship Caregivers

Monday, February 20, 2012, 8:52:13 AM

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Dr. Gibson speaks about her research exploring the experiences of kinship caregivers parenting African American children, who are disproportionately suspended under school zero tolerance policies. Dr. Gibson describes the emotional and relational costs of suspensions on families and strategies to help caregivers (often grandmothers) avoid pitfalls in the education system.

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Average Rating: 4stars  addressing school zero tolerance policies, Wednesday, April 25, 2012

By Kelley Haggins :

I think it is a great that Dr. Gibson has begun a research with kinship caregivers, and the zero tolerance school policy with the Minnesota Public School system. With Dr. Gibson assistance in obtaining caregivers’ reactions and feelings concerning their children’s school suspension, it can help them join together with the school to create solutions. I believe that more collaboration with caregivers and schools are needed because, as Dr. Gibson mentioned, there is a lack of communication between caregivers and the school. Furthermore, I like how Dr. Gibson stated that the caregivers should teach their children the ramifications of school suspension and that the school needs to develop a plan to help caregivers understand their children’s behavioral problems at school.
School suspension is a widespread concern among African-American children and their families. As a mother of two African-American young men, it is crucial that the parents become involved in their children’s education with a strong support system. In addition, I believe that caregivers are their child’s best advocate.

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