‘Lopsided discipline’ investigation a standout

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CynthiaBarronThe thoughtful coverage that Catalyst brings to important issues of the day has helped everyone I work with get a clearer understanding of what’s going on around us.

Two examples that come immediately to mind are Catalyst’s June 2009 investigation of “lopsided discipline” that was taking a toll on black male students, and recent coverage of CPS policy changes that remind us how important it is to make discipline as much about learning as it is about punishment.

In my current work at UIC, we know that mentoring and coaching our people through principal residencies and school leadership positions is a key lever for school. Timely Catalyst reportage is an important contributor to that work. This is why I give gift subscriptions to all of my UIC mentees each and every year. It’s one of the best ways I know to keep them informed about issues of importance for them, and for all the people in the communities they lead.

Cynthia K. Barron is a leadership coach with the Urban Education Leadership Program at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Formerly, she worked as a CPS principal and area instructional officer.