The Project

I’m a student at Bowdoin College taking  Education 2272: Urban Education with Prof. Doris Santoro. Our class has explored the historical roots of urban public education in the United States, as well as present challenges and opportunities in the field. This site, my final project for the class, explores grassroots organizing aimed at combating harsh disciplinary practices and the school-to-prison pipeline.

For those of you not familiar with the harsh disciplinary practices present in many public urban high schools in the United States, as well as the school-to-prison pipeline, check out this video:

Since the Advancement Project is a well-recognized national organization that promotes racial equality and participatory democracy, their video seemed to be an appropriate choice.

This site includes several sections: links to grassroots organizations with descriptions and a synthesis; links to social media tie-ins; links to news coverage of the issue; some peer-reviewed and practioner-oriented articles, along with syntheses of them ; and a personal reflection. I invite you to explore the site, learn about the issue, follow the links and get involved!


Video citation: The Advancement Project. [advprojectdc]. (2013, July 3). The School to Prison Pipeline by Advancement Project. Retrieved from

Header photo citation: Handcuffs. Deposit Photos. Retrieved from