• Biographical Description

  • Professor Anyon examines the impact of public schools and community organizations on the developmental trajectories of youth of color. She conducts community-engaged research on policies that contribute to opportunity gaps and practices that reduce the effects of institutional racism. Her current interests include youth participatory action research, racial equity in the school discipline process, and school-wide restorative justice. Through her teaching, Anyon shares new frameworks for understanding social stratification and innovative ways of approaching practice with adolescents. In the area of service, her goals are to increase the capacity of the University of Denver, Graduate School of Social Work, and local partners to promote equity-oriented and youth-led strategies to advancing social justice.

  • Curriculum Vitae

  • Yolanda (Yoli) Anyon CV

  • Current and Recent Projects

  • Evaluation of the restorative practices learning community in Denver

    This study considers whether schools' participation in a district-level learning community focused on restorative practices will lead to increased implementation of the approach.

  • Searching for solutions pilot project

    The goal of this pilot project is to use observations at 10 schools to develop a reliable and valid tool that easily captures and reports school-wide implementation of discipline, culture, and social-emotional learning practices.  The tool will be made available to practitioners to document their existing practices, identify strengths and gaps, and inform planning processes.  Data from the observations will also be used to study differences between schools with varying suspension rates and other school climate indicators.

  • Spotlight on success: Educational professionals' perspectives on effective school discipline.

    Drawing on interviews and focus groups with nearly 200 educators, administrators, and student support service providers, this study identified strategies and interventions used by 33 DPS schools to meet the district’s discipline goals. Research findings highlight schools’ successes and identify best practices that can be used, or studied, by those interested in reducing the use of exclusionary practices like suspension.

  • Taking restorative practices school-wide: Insights from three schools in Denver

    This research project was initiated by the Denver School Based Restorative Justice Partnership (DSBRJ), a collaboration between the youth and parent group, Padres y Jóvenes Unidos, the national racial justice organization, Advancement Project, Denver Classroom Teachers Association (DCTA), Denver Public Schools (DPS), the Graduate School of Social Work at the University of Denver (DU) and the National Education Association (NEA). This study documented the strategies used by three schools in Denver that have implemented multi-tiered restorative practices and identified models to share with others who are seeking to replicate, scale and sustain school-wide restorative justice programs.  Also see: http://denverrp.org/

  • Youth Engaged in Leadership and Learning at the Bridge Project
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    The aim of this study is to assess early adolescents' sociopolitical development and sense of social trust in the context of youth-led participatory action research projects.

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