Arizona Alliance of Black

School Educators

Dismantling the School-to-Prison Pipeline: Tools for Change


This workshop will analyze the school to prison pipeline’s devastating consequences on students, its causes, and its disproportionate impact on students of color. More importantly, it will identify and describe specific, evidence-based tools to dismantle the school-to-prison pipeline that school administrators and teachers can immediately support and implement.


"Sometimes those who care deeply about social justice are guilty of spending more time admiring the problem than solving the problem." - Dr. John King, Jr., U.S. Secretary of Education

Martín Pérez, Jr. grew up in Compton, California, and was the first in his family to attend and graduate college. After receiving his undergraduate degree from the University of California at Berkeley, he joined Teach For America and taught fifth grade through eight grade in the Alhambra School District. Martin holds a Masters in K-12 Education from Arizona State University and has extensive experience engaging students in a transformative, constructive and integrative learning style. Martin was recently recognized as one of Arizona’s 40 Under 40 Hispanic Leaders for his community and state-wide leadership. In 2014, Martín was named Alhambra School District’s Teacher of the Year. On his free time Martin enjoys exploring the outdoor adventures Arizona offers, and giving back to the community.