From Discipline to Dialogue: Engaging Student Voice

From Discipline to Dialogue: Engaging Student Voice
From Discipline to Dialogue: Engaging Student Voice


How do opportunities for dialogue between teachers and students change school discipline? During this webinar, AYPF presented key themes from our recently published blog series, “From Discipline to Dialogue: Changing the Conversation about Classroom Discipline”. Co-presenters included Dr. Anne Gregory, Associate Professor at Rutgers University, who discussed research on teacher-student relationships in the context of discipline, Vickie Shoap, Restorative Justice Specialist with Fairfax County Public Schools, and Erin Russ, AYPF Program Associate.


Presenters Included:

Dr. Anne Gregory, Associate Professor, Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology, Rutgers University

Vickie Shoap, Restorative Justice Specialist, Fairfax County Public Schools

Erin Russ, Program Associate, American Youth Policy Forum

Presenter Biographies:

anne gregory formattedAnne Gregory, Associate Professor (Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley) is an associate professor in the Department of Applied Psychology at Rutgers University. Prior to coming to Rutgers, she was an assistant professor at the University of Virginia. Her research has focused on the persistent trend that African American adolescents are issued school suspension and expulsion at higher rates than adolescents from other groups. Through program development, implementation, and evaluation, she aims to address this trend by strengthening characteristics of teachers, classrooms, and schools associated with the successful schooling of diverse students.

Her research interests also include bullying, teacher-student relationships, and teacher professional development. Recently, she has examined how restorative approaches to discipline have the potential to transform the school climate. She has authored over 30 peer-reviewed journal articles and numerous book chapters. Recent publications include, The promise of restorative practices to transform teacher-student relationships and achieve equity in school discipline and The promise of a teacher professional development program in reducing the racial disparity in classroom exclusionary discipline. Dr. Gregory’s research has been supported by federal agencies (U.S. Department of Justice and Institute of Education Sciences) and private foundations (William T. Grant Foundation, Robin Hood Foundation, Society for the Study of School Psychology).

Dr. Gregory has recently served on the Discipline Disparities Collaborative funded by Atlantic Philanthropies which convened lawyers, researchers, advocates, and youth leaders to address gaps in our knowledge about disparities, identify promising policy reform, and synthesize what schools can do to change patterns in school discipline.

VSHOAP Photo formattedVickie Shoap is a restorative justice practitioner and national trainer in the principles and practice of restorative justice. Vickie is the Restorative Justice Specialist for Fairfax County, Virginia Public Schools. She is the former Restorative Justice Coordinator for the Prince William County Virginia 31st Judicial Circuit and Juvenile Courts. Vickie has written restorative justice training programs and facilitator manuals for the VA Department of Education and the Supreme Court of Virginia Office of Dispute Resolution. She is the founding president of the Restorative Justice Association of Virginia.




Erin Russ joined AYPF as a Program Associate in 2013.  Her projects focus on policies and practices that enable a continuum of success for all students from K-12 to postsecondary and the workforce.

Prior to joining AYPF, Erin served as Education Initiatives Fellow with The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region in Washington, D.C. In this role, she partnered with the Prince George’s County, Maryland community to focus on issues related to education including dropout prevention, parent engagement, early childhood services, and college and career readiness.  Erin also previously served as an intern in the Department of Education’s Office of Planning, Evaluation, and Policy Development.  She taught middle and high school Government and Economics for five years in North Carolina and Virginia.

Erin holds a Bachelor’s degree in History from Anderson University in South Carolina and is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Public Policy at George Mason University.


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Presenter Information:

Dr. Anne Gregory

Associate Professor

Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology, Rutgers University

152 Frelinghuysen Road

Piscataway, NJ 08854-8020


Vickie Shoap

Restorative Justice Specialist

Fairfax County Public Schools

8115 Gatehouse Road

Falls Church, VA  22042


Erin Russ

Program Associate

American Youth Policy Forum

1836 Jefferson Place, NW

Washington, D.C. 20036



The American Youth Policy Forum (AYPF), a nonprofit, nonpartisan professional development organization based in Washington, DC, provides learning opportunities for policy leaders, practitioners, and researchers working on youth and education issues at the national, state, and local levels. AYPF events and publications are made possible by contributions from philanthropic foundations. For a complete list, click here.