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Russell Skiba

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Department:  Counseling and Educational Psychology
Affiliations:  School Psychology
My website:  www.indiana.edu/~equity
 
About Me | Degrees | Publications | Presentations | Grant Funding | Awards
 

ABOUT ME

Russ Skiba  is a Professor in the School Psychology program at Indiana University.  He has worked with schools across the country in the areas of disproportionality, school discipline, and school violence.  Skiba directs the Equity Project, a consortium of federal, state, and foundation-funded grants providing evidence to practitioners and policymakers in the areas of school violence, zero tolerance, and equity in education.  Skiba is currently director of the Discipline Disparities Research to Practice Collaborative, funded by Atlantic Philanthropies and the Open Society Foundation, a national effort bringing together key researchers, educators, and policymakers to increase research, policy and practice attention to disproportionality in discipline.  He also directs PBIS Indiana , a federally and state funded project to develop a statewide network of culturally responsive Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports.  He was a member of the writing team that produced the U.S. Department of Education's document on school safety Early Warning, Timely Response, and a member and lead author of the American Psychological Association’s Task Force on Zero Tolerance. Skiba has testified before the United States Civil Rights Commission, spoken before both Houses of Congress on issues of school discipline and school violence, and in 2008, acted as a special consultant to OSEP on issues of disproportionality and equity in special education. He was awarded the Push for Excellence Award by the Rainbow Coalition/Operation PUSH for his work on African American disproportionality in school suspension. His article Race is Not Neutral, won the Article of the Year award for the journal School Psychology Review in 2011.

His publcations in the areas of school violence, zero tolerance, and equity in education may be found on the Equity Project website: ceep.indiana.edu/equity.

DEGREES

June, 1987 Ph.D. in Educational Psychology: Special Education Programs
University of Minnesota

May, 1983 M.A. in Educational Psychology: Measurement and Evaluation
University of Minnesota

PUBLICATIONS
  • Skiba, R. J., Chung, C. G., Trachok, M., Baker, T., Sheya, A., Hughes, R. L. (In press).Where should we intervene" How infractions, students, and schools all contribute to out-of-school suspension. In D. J. Losen (ed.), Closing the School Discipline Gap: Research for Policymakers. New York: Teachers College Press.
  • Skiba, R. J., Middelberg, L. McClain, M. (2013). Multicultural issues for schools and EBD students: Disproportionality in discipline and special education. In H. Walker F. Gresham (Eds.), Handbook of Evidence-Based Practices for Students Having Emotional and Behavioral Disorders. New York: Guilford.
  • Skiba, R. J. (2013). Reaching a critical juncture for our kids: The need to reassess school-justice practices. Family Court Review: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 51, 380-387.
  • Skiba, R. (2012). As nature has formed them: The history and current status of racial difference research. Teachers College Record, 114, 1-49.
  • Skiba, R. J. (2012). Racial and ethnic disproportionality in special education. In J. A. Banks (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Diversity in Education. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
  • Skiba, R., Albrecht, S., Losen, D. (2012). CCBDs Position Summary on Federal Policy on Disproportionality in Special Education. Arlington, VA: Council for Children with Behavioral Disorders. http://www.ccbd.net/sites/default/files/CCBD%20Position%20Summary%20on%20Disproportionality_4-11-12.pdf
  • Skiba, R. J., Shure, L., Williams, N. (2012). Racial and ethnic disproportionality in suspension and expulsion. In A. L. Noltemeyer C. S. Mcloughlin (Eds.), Disproportionality in Education and Special Education, Charles C. Thomas Publisher, Ltd.
  • Albrect, S. F., Skiba, R. J., Losen, D. J., Chung, C.G., Middelberg, L. (2012). Federal policy on disproportionality in Special Education: Is it moving us forward"Journal of Disability Policy Studies, 23(1), 14-25.
  • Skiba, R. J. , Shure, L. A., Middelberg, L. V. and Baker, T. L. (2011). Reforming school discipline and reducing disproportionality in suspension and expulsion. In S. R. Jimerson, A. B. Nickerson, M. J. Mayer, M. J. Furlong (Eds.), The Handbook of School Violence and School Safety: International Research and Practice (2nd Ed.) (pp. 515-528). New York: Routledge.
  • Albrecht, S. F., Skiba, R. Losen, D, Chung, C-G., Middelberg, L. (2011, online). Federal policy on disproportionality in special education: Is it moving us forward. Journal of Disability Policy Studies, published online June 7, 2011. Retrieved December 31, 2011 fromhttp://dps.sagepub.com/content/early/2011/06/03/1044207311407917
  • Skiba, R. J., Horner, R. H. Chung, C. G., Rausch, M. K., May, S. L., Tobin, T. (2011). Race is not neutral: A national investigation of African American and Latino disproportionality in school discipline. School Psychology Review, 40, 85-107.
  • Skiba; R. J. (2011). Tolrance zro: efficacit et quit. Cahiers de la scurit: Lcole face au dfi de la securit (Special Issue on School Violence and School Security),16, 144-149.
  • Skiba, R., Eckes, S., Brown, K. (2010). African American disproportionality in school discipline:The divide between best evidence and legal remedy. New York Law School Law Review, 54, 1071-1112.
  • Losen, D. J. Skiba, R. J. (2010). Suspended Education: Urban Middle Schools in Crisis. Montgomery, AL: Southern Poverty Law Center. http://www.splcenter.org/get-informed/publications/suspended-education
  • Gregory, A., Skiba, R., Noguera, P. (2010). The achievement gap and the discipline gap: Two sides of the same coin" Educational Researcher, 39, 59-68.
  • Skiba, R. J. (2010). Les politiques de tolrance zro lcole. Regards Sur LActualit, 363, 43-51.
  • American Psychological Association Zero Tolerance Task Force (Lead Author). (2008). Are zero tolerance policies effective in the schools" An evidentiary review and recommendations. American Psychologist, 63, 852-862.
  • Skiba, R. J., Simmons, A. D., Ritter, S., Gibb, A., Rausch, M. K., Cuadrado, J., Chung, C. G. (2008). Achieving equity in special education: History, status, and current challenges. Exceptional Children, 74, 264-288.
  • Skiba, R., Simmons, A., Ritter, S., Kohler, K., Henderson, M., Wu, T. (2006). The context of minority disproportionality: Practitioner perspectives on special education referral. Teachers College Record, 108, 1424-1459.
  • Skiba, R. J., Rausch, M. K. (2006). School disciplinary systems: Alternatives to suspension and expulsion. In G. Bear K. Minke (Eds.), Childrens Needs III: Understanding and Addressing the Developmental Needs of Children. Washington, D. C.: National Association of School Psychologists.
  • Skiba, R. J., Poloni-Staudinger. L., Simmons, A. B., Feggins, L. R., Chung, C. G. (2005). Unproven Links: Can Poverty Explain Ethnic Disproportionality in Special Education" Journal of Special Education,, 39, 130-144.

PRESENTATIONS
  • Skiba, R. J. (2013, January 16 17) School Discipline at a Crossroads: Issues of Effectiveness and Equity. Presented for the USDOJ/USDOE Supportive School Disciplne Intiative Webinar Making the Case for Positive Approaches to Disciplne.(http://safesupportivelearning.ed.gov/events/webinar/making-case-positive-approaches-discipline)
  • Skiba, R. J., Trachok, M. Chung, C. G., Baker, T., , Sheya, A., Hughes, R. L.(2013, January). Where should we intervene" Contributions of behavior, student, and school characteristics to suspension and expulsion. Paper presented at the Closing the Discipline Gap National Conference, Washington, D. C.
  • Skiba, R. J. (2012, August). School discipline: What have we learned" Invited Plenary Session, US Department of Education Office of Safe and Healthy Schools Meeting the Challenge National Conference, Washington, D. C.
  • Skiba, R., Trachok, M., Chung, C. G., Baker, T., Hughes, R. L. (2012, April). Parsing Disciplinary Disproportionality: Contributions of Behavior, Student, and School Characteristics to Suspension and Expulsion. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Vancouver, B.C., Canada.
  • Albrecht, S., Skiba, R., Losen, D., Welner, K. (2012, April). Federal policy on disproportionality in special education: Is it moving us forward" Presented to the Annual Meeting of the Council for Exceptional Children, Denver, CO.
  • Skiba, R. (2012, March). Reaching a critical juncture for our kids: The need to reassess school-justice practices. Invited Plenary Session at the National Leadership Summit on School-Justice Partnerships, New York, NY.
  • Skiba, R. J. (2012, February). Interventions for Reducing Disciplinary Disparities and The Problem of Race Neutrality. Invited presentation to the U.S. Department of Education Office of Special Education Programs Technical Working Group on Disproportionality, Washington, D. C.
  • Skiba, R., McClain, M., Chung, C. G., Trachok, M., Williams, N., Cuadrado, J. (2011, October). Consistent and Ubiquitous: Contributions to Racial and Ethnic Disparities in School Suspension and Expulsion. Paper presented at the 35th Annual Conference of the Teacher Educators for Children with Behavioral Disorders, Tempe, AZ.
  • Skiba, R. (2011, September). What Do We Know and What Should We Do: Understanding and Addressing Disproportionate Minority Contact. Keynote presentation at the Ninth Annual Disproportionate Minority Contact Conference, Des Moines, IA.
  • Skiba, R. (2011, September). Lets Not Wait: Research-Driven Approaches for Reducing DMC in Schools. Workshop presented at the Ninth Annual Disproportionate Minority Contact Resource Center Conference, Des Moines, IA.
  • Skiba. R., Hughes, R., Choong-Geun, C. G, Baker, T. (2011, August). The distribution and relative contributions to school suspension and expulsion: An HLM analysis. Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the American Psychological Association, Washington, D. C.
  • Skiba, R. (2011, August). Addressing Racial and Ethnic Disparity in School Discipline: What Does the Research Say" Workshop Presented at the Distinguished Scholars Institute at the University of Alaska, Anchorage, AK.
  • Skiba, R. J. (2011, May). Couper Lecture: What Research Says About Racial Disparities in School Discipline. Couper Lectureship Presentation, Binghamton, NY.
  • Skiba, R. (2011, March). Race is Not Neutral: Understanding and Addressing Disproportionality in School Discipline. Invited presentation at the African American Males School Success Conference, Richmond, VA.
  • Skiba, R. (2011, March). Understanding and Addressing Racial and Ethnic Disproportionality in School Discipline. Featuredpresentation at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Positive Behavior Supports, Denver, CO.
  • Middelberg, L., Williams, N., Skiba, R. (2011, February). PBISs impact on academics, family involvement, dropout rates, and least restrictive environment. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Association of School Psychologists. San Francisco, CA.
  • Skiba, R. (2010, December). Racial/ethnic disparities in school discipline: What do we know and what should we do. Invited presentation to the Donors Education Collaborative, New York, NY.
  • Skiba, R. (2010, November). Race is Not Neutral: Addressing Racial and Ethnic Disproportionality in School Discipline. Keynote presentation at the US Department of Education/US Department of Justice conference Civil Rights and School Discipline: A Path to Ensuring Equal Educational Opportunity, San Francisco, CA.
  • Skiba, R. (2010, November). Racial and ethnic disproportionality in school discipline: What do we know and what should we do" Keynote presentation at the Georgia Council of Administrators of Special Education Fall Conference, Savannah, GA.
  • Skiba, R. (2010, October). Culturally Responsive PBIS: Prospects for Reducing Racial and Ethnic Disproportionality. Paper presented at the Teacher Educators for Children with Behavioral Disorders Annual Conference, Tempe, AZ.
  • Skiba, R. (2010, October). Interventions for Classroom Disruption: Addressing Emotional and Behavioral Problems in the Classroom. Paper presented at the Session de formation de formateurs (Training of Trainers) for the International Observatory of School Violence, Paris France.
  • Skiba, R., Ritter, R., Middelberg, L. (2010, October). Culturally Responsive PBIS: Making School Discipline Work for All Students. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Indiana Association of School Psychologists, Indianapolis, IN.
  • Skiba, R. (2010, October). School discipline: Issues of effectiveness and equity. Invited talk at the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism Urban Education Conference, New York, NY.
  • Skiba, R. J. (2010, September). Race is not neutral: Addressing racial and ethnic disparities in school discipline. Presented at the USDOJ/USDOE Civil Rights and School Discipline Conference, Washington, D.C.
  • Skiba, R. (2010, July). Addressing Racial and Ethnic Disproportionality in School Discipline. Keynote presentation to the Georgia Association of Educational Leaders 34th Annual Summer Conference, Jekyll Island, GA.
  • Skiba, R. (2010, July). Race is not neutral: Addressing disproportionality in school discipline. Keynote presentation at the TACD Summer Institute, New York, NY.
  • Skiba, R. (2010, June). Racial and Ethnic Disproportionality in School Discipline. Invited paper presented at the Race in America: Restructuring Inequality National Conference, Pittsburgh, PA.
  • Skiba, R. (2010, April). School discipline: Towards safe and inclusive school climates. Presented to the Atlantic Philanthropies Elev8 Spring Institute III, Chicago, IL.
  • Skiba, R. (2010, April). Why arent we fixing it" Attitudinal and policy barriers to addressing disproportionality. Presented at the Council for Exceptional Children Multicultural Institute, Nashville, TN.
  • Skiba, R. (2010, April). Zero Tolerance: quelle efficacit" Lexprience des U.S.A. et la violence lcole. Keynote presentation at the French national conference on school violence Etats Gnraux de la Scurit lEcole, Paris, France.
  • Skiba, R. (2008, July). Changing the data, changing our minds: Disproportionality and improving schools. Keynote presentation at the 2008 USDOE Office of Special Education Programs Project Directors Meeting, Washington, D. C.
  • Skiba, R., Horner, R., Chung, C. G., Rausch, M. K., May, S. L., and Tobin, T. (2008, March). Race is not neutral: A national investigation of African American and Latino disproportionality in school discipline. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, New York, NY.
  • Skiba, R., Reynolds, C. R., Graham, S., Sheras, P. Conoley, J. C., Garcia-Vazquiez, E. (2007, August). Equity and effectiveness of zero tolerance: Recommendations for change. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association, San Francisco, CA.

GRANT FUNDING
  • Disproportionate Minority Contact: Understanding Contributing Factors
  • PBS Indiana: Establishing a Statewide Network of Culturally Responsive Positive Behavior Supports
  • Race and Gender Disparities in Discipline: A Research to Practice Collaborative
  • Research-to-Practice Disparities in Discipline Collaborative: Addressing African American Male Disparities and Gender-Based Harassment
  • School Disciplinary Climate and Educational Outcomes for African American Students: Phase II, School-Level Analyses
  • School Disciplinary Climate and Its Relationship to Educational and Community outcomes for African American Students
  • The Equity Project

AWARDS
  • As a followup to my participation in Les Etats Generaux de la Securite a l?Ecole in April, 2010 (see Honor & Awards, 2010), I was invited by the International Observatory on School Violence and the French Ministry of Education to be part of a 3 hour meeting with the French Minister of Education on best practices and interventions for reducing threats of violence in school.
  • Awarded the Article of the Year Award for our publication in School Psychology Review:Skiba, R. J., Horner, R. H. Chung, C. G., Rausch, M. K., May, S. L., & Tobin, T. (2011). Race is not neutral: A national investigation of African American and Latino disproportionality in school discipline. School Psychology Review, 40, 85-107.
  • Couper Lectureship, Binghamton University, Binghamton, NY
  • Gave the keynote address at the first day of the French National Congress on School Violence, Les Etats Generaux de la Securite a l?Ecole in Paris (see Professional Development and Meetings). http://les-etats-generaux-de-la-securite-a-l-ecole.education.gouv.fr/pid23905/les-videos.html
  • Our report, "Suspended Education" was featured in the New York Times ("Disparities Found in School Suspensions", New York Times, 9/14/10. http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/14/education/14suspend.html"ref=us
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