Student, Faculty Present at Education Conference | St. Lawrence University

Student, Faculty Present at Education Conference

Emily Casey-Wagemaker '19 presented her research during a poster presentation at the American Educational Research Association (AERA) conference, held from April 5 to 9 in Toronto.

Her presentation was based on a paper, titled "Deconstructing discipline: A mixed methods analysis of disciplinary policies in New York State’s Capital District," that Casey-Wagemaker co-wrote with Associate Professor of Mathematics Daniel Look and Assistant Professor of Education Jessica Sierk. The paper was based on current data, which show large disparities in disciplinary actions experienced by students of color as opposed to their White classmates. Discourse and policy language in school codes of conduct can reflect the endemic nature of racism in society, which, in turn, negatively impacts students of color. Utilizing statistical, sentiment, and critical discourse analysis, this mixed methods research provides a more complex view of the impact of policy on the disproportionality of discipline in schools. This research examines how racism and classism interact with discipline in schools and how this contributes to high dropout rates and the school-to-prison pipeline.

Founded in 1916, AERA is a national research society that strives to advance knowledge about education, to encourage scholarly inquiry related to education, and to promote the use of research to improve education and serve the public good Casey-Wagemaker presented during the Critical Educators for Social Justice special interest group poster session on April 9.

Casey-Wagemaker is entering New York University's Masters in Teaching Residency Program and will be working as middle school math teacher in Syracuse City School District.

For more information, visit the departments of Education and Mathematics, Computer Science and Statistics.