Nine Disrupter Principles: A Strength-Based Approach for School Psychologists to Disrupt Racial Inequities and Shift From What’s Wrong to What’s Strong

This session is from the NASP 2021 Annual Convention

  • PMD: 6,8

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. understand how racial inequities, ideals, and practices show up in schools.
  2. learn about equity detours and how to avoid them at all costs.
  3. learn the disrupter mindsets needed to disrupt oppressive systems.
  4. learn about the Power Potential and see an example of how it can transform lives while disrupting racial inequities.


Increasing attention is being given to inequitable education practices. But what role does deficit-thinking play in creating and maintaining racial inequities? We’ll examine nine principles, rooted in a strength-based approach, to shift the mindsets of school psychologists from what’s wrong to what’s strong, to disrupt racial inequities, and to improve outcomes for students.



Byron M. McClure, DCPS


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