A chapter co-written by Letitia Basford & Joe Lewis, Hamline School of Education (HSE) faculty, along with HSE student, Bridget Borer, was highlighted at the American Educational Research Association conference in San Francisco, CA. The paper seeks to analyze and theorize the school-to-prison pipeline by relating the lived experiences of two bi-racial young men and their mother (one of the authors) in a major metropolitan school district in the Midwest. The primary purpose of the essay is to expose the institutional racism and classism that feed the school-to-prison pipeline and to illustrate its very real impact on real people. The authors examine what K-12 schools and schools of education must do to resist and ultimately dismantle the school-to-prison pipeline.
Basford also chaired a Religion in Education SIG session as well as an Urban Teachers SIG session.