W-29: Psychoeducational Assessment and Intervention for Ethnic Minority Children: Evidence-Based Approaches
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

In order to address the educational needs of racial/ethnic minority students, it is imperative that school psychologists be equipped to address barriers that might hinder these students’ academic success. The disparate impact of school suspension for racial/ethnic minority students represents a pressing public educational concern and is one of the driving forces of educational inequity in public schools. The purpose of this workshop is to guide participants in the assessment and implementation of intervention strategies to prevent and interrupt the cycle of inequitable school discipline practices for racial/ethnic minority students before it results in academic disengagement and failure.

Dr. Jamilia Blake is a Licensed Psychologist, Licensed Specialist in School Psychology, and Associate Professor at Texas A&M University in the School Psychology program. Dr. Blake’s research examines the developmental trajectory of peer-directed aggression, bullying, and victimization i n socially marginalized youth and racial/ethnic disparities in school discipline with a specific focus on Black females, and she is the author of more than 30 publications.

Dr. Scott L. Graves, Jr. is an associate professor of School Psychology at The Ohio State University. His interests can be broadly categorized as understanding protective factors that lead to appropriate development in early childhood. His research agenda is focused on identifying strengths in African American children that lead to positive social-emotional and academic outcomes. He has published widely in these areas. He is the former Chair of APA’s Committee on Ethnic Minority Affairs.

Strand: C, Topic: 2 Skill Level: I-III