2024 Central Valley Education Justice Forum

April 24, 2024: 9 AM to 3 PM

Nielsen Conference Center

3100 W. Nielsen • Fresno, CA 93706

Purpose of This Forum

To create a unique space for networking and collaboration to address broad systemic and transformative changes by increasing awareness and engagement in school discipline reform and redefining a healthy school environment.

To critically examine the school to prison pipeline that cuts off students from the positive interactions of schools and funnels our students from school to the juvenile and adult criminal justice system and pushes them to prison.

Our Focus

To advance equity and justice as a form of movement-building, the Central Valley Movement Building website aims to foster a sense of inclusivity and progress for all. By actively sharing Central Valley regional data, we strive to empower individuals and communities with valuable insights and information. It is through this collaborative exchange of knowledge that we can work together to drive positive change, dismantling barriers and driving tangible results in our pursuit of social and economic equality. Join us in our mission to create a more just and equitable society in the Central Valley and beyond.


Our Keynote Speaker

Tia Martinez, our keynote speaker for the Education Justice Forum, brings 25 years of experience in communities of color and a deep commitment to social justice. As the Executive Director of Organizing Roots, she uses data, strategy, and research to propel racial, economic, and gender justice forward.

Tia has held roles at the Stupski Foundation, UC Berkeley Law School’s Warren Institute on Race, Ethnicity, and Diversity, and the US Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights. With an impressive academic background, including degrees from Harvard, UC Berkeley, and Stanford, Tia is an inspiring voice at our forum, ready to ignite change and inspire action towards a more just educational system.

Partner Organizations Attending

Join the CVMB Education Justice Forum in Fresno, CA on April 24th, 2024 for a day of transformative change. Act fast, space is limited!



Let’s End the School-to-Prison Pipeline

The school-to-prison pipeline is a systemic issue that disproportionately affects marginalized students, pushing them out of educational institutions and into the criminal justice system. Addressing this requires a comprehensive, multi-faceted approach that prioritizes restorative justice, supportive resources, and equitable education policies. Here are three key strategies that can help dismantle the school-to-prison pipeline and create a more inclusive and supportive educational environment for all students.

Implement Restorative Justice Practices

Replace zero-tolerance policies and punitive measures with restorative justice practices that focus on healing, reconciliation, and community building, rather than punishment.

Invest in Supportive Resources

Increase funding for school counselors, mental health services, and extracurricular programs that foster positive student behavior and academic success.

Promote Equitable Education Policies

Advocate for policies that address systemic racial and socioeconomic disparities in education, such as equitable school funding, culturally relevant curriculum, and teacher diversity.