Changing school culture: The Concerns-Based Adoption Model (CBAM)

We continue our conversation with Dr. David Osher of the American Institutes for Research, delving deeper into the CBAM approach to school culture change. Dr Osher describes a study he and colleagues conducted, following every student who had been suspended in New York City over ten years. The study confirmed that exclusionary suspension has damaging impacts throughout a student’s academic career and beyond and has damaging impact on other students in the student’s classes as well.


00:00-00:47 Intro

00:47-10:13 CBAM (Concerns Based Adoption Model)

10:13- 20:34 Impacts of exclusionary discipline on suspended students

20:34-24:17 Need to systematically create alternatives

24:17-29:11 Impact of exclusionary discipline on other students

29:11-30:18 Meaning-making

30:18- Outro


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Listen to the first part of this interview: “The right to thrive: Expanding our definition of equity”

Soundtrack by Poddington Bear

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