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Introducing Learning Lab: developing formative intervention studies to address racial disproportionalities in disciplinary school exclusion

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Wednesday 8 February 2023

4pm - 5pm




Teams, Online study

Graphic image of a yellow school bus with the text 'Introducing Learning Lab' and a photo of Professor Aydin Bal

In this seminar Professor Aydin Bal will introduce the Learning Lab, a formative intervention aimed at engaging schools and communities in addressing racial disparities in disciplinary school exclusion. The seminar is organised by the Inclusion, Diversity and Identity Research Network.

  • Introduction by Professor Peter Hick
  • Presentation by Professor Bal
  • Questions and discussion

Recording available to watch via our online repository:

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Professor Aydin Bal

Aydin Bal is a professor of special education at the University of Wisconsin—Madison. Dr.Bal’s research focuses on the interplay between culture, learning, and mental health across local and global education systems. He examines the social justice issues in education, family-school community-university collaboration, organizational innovation, and future making. He has developed the Culturally Responsive Positive Behavioural Interventions and Supports framework and the Learning Lab methodology. In Learning Labs, local stakeholders (educators, students, families, policy makers, and community representatives), especially those from historically marginalized communities, design and implement culturally responsive behavioural support systems. Learning Lab has been implemented in 15 public schools and teacher education institutions in Florida, Kansas, New Hampshire, and Wisconsin in the United States and internationally in the Anishinaabe Nation, Brazil, and Turkey.

Dr Aydin Bal

As a practitioner and researcher, Dr.Bal has worked with youth from minoritised communities experiencing academic and behavioural problems in schools, hospitals, and prisons from the United States, South Sudan, Syria, Iraq, the Russian Federation, Turkey, the Anishinaabe Nation, Malawi, and Brazil. Dr.Bal has worked with several education agencies as a consultant including Madison Metropolitan School District, Sun Prairie Area School District, and Texas Education Agency. He has published in leading journals in education, learning sciences, and behavioural health including American Educational Research Journal, Review of Educational Research, Review of Research in Education, Cognition and Instruction, the Journal of Special Education, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Teachers College Records, and Urban Education.

In 2017, Dr.Bal received the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Review of Research Award. In 2018-2019, he was awarded a Fulbright fellowship. Dr.Bal is the recipient of the 2019 AERA Scholars of Color Early Career Award and the 2022 AERA Cultural Historical Special Interest Group Early Career Award.

Inclusion, Diversity and Identity Research Network

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