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Wednesday, November 30th 2022

Hacking Deficit Thinking: Reframing Strength-Based Practices and Equity in Schools - A Youth Work Teach-In

Dr. Byron McClure, D.Ed. and Dr. Kelsie Reed
presented by YouthREX | Youth Research and Evaluation eXchange

Wed, 30 November 2022, 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM EST

YouthREX is excited to host this youth work teach-in, featuring Dr. Byron McClure and Dr. Kelsie Reed, US-based school psychologists and authors of Hacking Deficit Thinking: 8 Reframes That Will Change The Way You Think About Strength-Based Practices and Equity in Schools.

The education sector has focused for far too long on what’s wrong with students, staff, and even parents. Deficit thinking has created a powerful narrative within education that prioritizes mental illness instead of mental wellness. This narrative seems too enormous to shift away from at times because it’s ingrained in how we have historically thought about mental health.

You will be inspired and energized to explore an equity-informed strength-based approach to support youth mental health and wellbeing.

Learner Objectives:

• Understand the historical implications of a deficit-based approach.
• Identify the key elements of a strength-based approach.
• Understand how to support youth mental health from a strength-based lens.

Event Agenda:

Welcoming Remarks
Dr. McClure & Dr. Reed: A Strength-Based Approach to Supporting Youth Mental Health
Q&A Discussion with Dr. McClure & Dr. Reed
Spoken Word Performance
Breakout Room Conversations

We will use Zoom for this event. You will receive the link to join the live event by email.

Live simultaneous interpretation services will be made available in French for the opening, presentation, Q&A, and performance.

Live transcription/closed captioning will be available in English for the opening, presentation, Q&A, and performance.

Please remember to indicate on the registration form if you would like to attend a breakout room conversation in French.

Although the presentation will be recorded and archived, the Q&A Discussion and Breakout Room Conversations will not be recorded, so no contributions from participants will be recorded and shared.


Dr. Byron McClure, D.Ed., is a nationally certified school psychologist and the Founder of Lessons For SEL, where he uses research and human-centered design thinking to build empathy, ideate, co-create solutions, and design equitable resources that put the needs of children front and centre. He formerly served as the Assistant Director of School Redesign at a high school in Southeast, D.C., where he was responsible for leading and reimagining what Social Emotional Learning (SEL) looked like within an inner-city community. His work centres on influencing systemic change and ensuring students from high-poverty communities have access to a quality education. Dr. McClure has extensive knowledge and expertise in mental health, social emotional learning, and behaviour. He has done considerable work advocating for fair and equitable discipline practices for all students, particularly for African-American boys. He has designed and implemented school-wide initiatives such as SEL, restorative practices, MTSS, and trauma responsive practices. As a result of this work led by Dr. McClure, his school recently won the 2019-2020 Whole Child Award. Dr. McClure has presented across the country as a panelist, featured speaker, and keynote speaker. He believes in maximizing everyone’s limitless potential. Follow Dr. McClure on Instagram and on Twitter .

Dr. Kelsie Reed is a nationally certified school psychologist who works at the elementary school level in Maryland. She graduated from Loyola University Chicago with her PhD in 2020 and was the recipient of two university awards for her dissertation titled, “Investigating Exclusionary Discipline: Teachers, Deficit Thinking, and Root Cause Analysis.” Dr. Reed also received awards for her dissertation work through the Society for the Study of School Psychology (SSSP) and the American Educational Research Association (AREA). Dr. Reed is passionate about advancing educational equity for minoritized students, disrupting the school-to-prison pipeline, and identifying and implementing alternatives to suspension. She has presented at the community, state, and national levels on school discipline practices and disparities and has published in various journal articles, book chapters, and community journals on topics such as restorative practices, school-based consultation practices, juvenile justice youth re-entry into schools, and school discipline reform. Follow Dr. Reed on Instagram @dr.kelsiereed and @sassy4socialjustice and on Twitter

Visit their website and follow their work on Instagram , on Twitter , and on Facebook !

Visit YouthREX's Knowledge Hub f?or more resources on Education and Youth Mental Health.

Youth Research and Evaluation eXchange (YouthREX) is a province-wide initiative based at the School of Social Work at York University. Our Mission is to make research evidence and evaluation practices accessible and relevant to Ontario’s grassroots youth sector through capacity building, knowledge exchange, and evaluation leadership. Our Vision is an Ontario where shared knowledge is transformed into positive impact for all youth.


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