Disparities in School Discipline

Disparities in School Discipline covers discipline inequities in school districts. Zero tolerance policies were implemented in the 1990s after the Columbine shooting. Many students under strict zero-tolerance policies are punished without a second thought. Research has proven that this type of disciplinary procedure has an overall negative effect on students and a disproportionately negative effect on minorities.

This course is designed to help you think about how your personal and professional biases, including the perception of student behaviors, impact your decision-making; the degree to which current discipline practices increase educational inequities for multi-marginalized students; and solutions for more culturally responsive and overall equitable discipline practices for these students.


Lisa Litzsey

Lisa Litzsey

Lisa Litzsey, MS is currently serving as the program manager for the UW-Milwaukee Institute for Urban Education (IUE), a UW-System sponsored program. She received her bachelor’s degree from UW-Milwaukee in elementary education with a minor in natural science. After teaching ... read more

Benefits and Learning Outcomes

  • Gain a better understanding of perception and bias in educational settings.
  • Learn how disciplinary actions toward marginalized students affect student success
  • Examine how a teacher’s mindset, belief system and biases are important factors when choosing how to address student behavior and adherence to classroom systems, rules and expectations.


Watch for an email approximately one week prior to the course start date with instructions on setting up your username and password and accessing the online course site.

Date: Open enrollment – Register anytime

Delivery Method: On-Demand Online

Platform: Canvas

Instructor: Lisa Litzsey

Fee: $149

CEUs: .5, CEHs: 1.5

Enrollment Limit: 25

Program Number: 1040-15039

Registration Deadline: June 29

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