Catapult Learning and Edward Fergus, Ph.D., a nationally recognized expert in racial disparities in special education, have partnered to advance equity and address disproportionality within all classrooms.

Interrupting Bias-Based Beliefs to Achieve Equity it is the third installment in our Solutions for Disproportionality blog series. Dr. Fergus challenges bias-based beliefs that are hurdles in the pursuit of equity as well as ways to interrupt those beliefs.

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Read our first blog, Three Ways to Mitigate Special Education Disproportionality here.

Read our second blog, Deficit-Thinking in Classrooms – and Four Steps to Interrupt It here.

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“Educators can act right away to avoid (or correct) misidentification issues that can cause disproportionality. The simplest of actions is a pause.”

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Dr. Edward Fergus is a published author, an applied researcher and associate professor at Temple University, and a partner to Catapult Learning, a division of FullBloom, to help schools address significant disproportionality. He is also a consultant to state departments of education and the U.S. Department of Justice and has dedicated much of his life’s work to exploring the effects of educational policy and practice as it intersects with people living in challenging conditions.

Dr. Fergus’ work outlines policy and practice changes for schools to develop as protective environments for vulnerable populations.

“The importance of community in achieving equity can’t be overstated. That’s why it is incumbent upon schools to address and interrupt bias-based beliefs, particularly when communicating with students and families of color and/or low-income status.”

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