DSW Candidate – Aisha Thomas, MSSW, LCSW, 1:00 PM – 2:15 PM


Virtual Showcase of DSW Scholars 2024 Event!

Breaking the Cycle: Strategies for Reducing Exclusionary Discipline of Black Boys in Public Education

DSW Candidate – Aisha Thomas, MSSW, LCSW

Wednesday, April 24, 2024

1:00 PM – 2:15 PM Eastern Time Zone

Credit Hours: 1.0


Breaking the Cycle: Strategies for Reducing Exclusionary Discipline of Black Boys in Public Education

This capstone presentation focuses on the exclusionary discipline gap in public education. It focuses on African American boys in grades K-12, which is the population most affected by exclusionary discipline. Exclusionary discipline in public education is correlated with negative outcomes for this population. By examining the scope and understanding of this matter, a proposal is put forward to address and alleviate exclusionary discipline and its underlying causes.

A comprehensive literature review systematically evaluates positive behavior interventions such as restorative practices and culturally responsive teaching efficacy. Due to the lack of literature on both interventions, the conceptual paper proposes a culturally responsive pedagogy framework to combat implicit bias and see a change in public education. The final piece of the capstone project presents a practice application for school mental health employees to utilize a comprehensive psychoeducation program that includes implicit bias training with restorative practices to mitigate the exclusionary discipline gap.


Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand the exclusionary discipline gap in public education and the long and short term affects on African American males.
  2. Examine and understand the impact of implicit bias on the discipline gap in public education.
  3. Examine the role of culturally responsive teaching and restorative practices in creating a positive culturally sensitive school climate .


Delivery Method: Live Interactive Training via Zoom Video Conferencing

Credit Hours: 1.0 (ACE)

Target Audience: This conference is intended for social workers and students.


Accreditation: University of Kentucky College of Social Work, Provider # 1377, is approved as an ACE provider to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Regulatory boards are the final authority on courses accepted for continuing education credit. ACE provider approval period: 9/29/22-9/29/25. Social workers participating in this conference will receive up to 15 general continuing education credits.

Claiming CE Credit: Instructions for claiming CE credit will be disseminated at the beginning of each session.

Questions: If you have any questions regarding CE credit or to report a grievance, please contact Melissa Whitaker at melissa.whitaker@uky.edu. For technical assistance, please contact lmshelp@uky.edu.