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August 29, 2014, 8:18 pm

Expert discusses school, Black boys

Studies have shown that educating Black and Latino boys presents its own set of unique problems, including socio-economical obstacles and a systemic disregard for overall quality of minority education.

The American Reading Company, which creates and provides custom, scalable education models for various school districts throughout the country, will take a stern look at the problems and at least a few of the solutions during “Educating Black and Latino Boys: Striving for Educational Equity” discussion panel and presentation at ARC headquarters in King of Prussia.

More than 200 high-level educators, legislators, elected officials and leaders of educational non-profit organizations have been invited to attend this closed event, scheduled for Tuesday, May 22. Famed educator Dr. Pedro A. Noguera, Professor of Education at New York University – Steinhardt will lead the session and also provide the keynote.

While the issues are many, one of the main focuses will be on curbing illiteracy and the dropout rate. ARC referenced a 2010 report by the Schott Foundation, which found the dropout rate to be above 50 percent for Black and Latino boys.

“To solve this widespread crisis in public education, our school partners require coordinated efforts that draw upon government, community groups, nonprofits, and private business,” said Jane Hileman, Founder and CEO of American Reading Company. “Our aim for this event is to bring together these different groups to accelerate the design and implementation of transformative, effective solutions.”

Noguera has written several papers and books on education, including “The Trouble With Black Boys: …And Other Reflections on Race, Equity and the Future of Public Education” and “City Schools and the American Dream: Reclaiming the Promise of Public Education,” and will deliver a keynote that will expand on his keen insight, ARC officials said.

Noguera’s approach to saving public education for Black and Latino boys is broken down into five broad agendas which state schools must be: holistic and integrated; evaluated regularly; sensitive to ethnic, racial and socio-economical difference; designed to avoid stigmatization; considerate of both the individual and system and inclusive of developmental systems of social support.

Alberto Carvalho of the Miami-Dade County Public School System, Dr. Irvin Scott of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Coalition of Schools Educating Boys of Color Executive Director Ron Walker are just a few of the esteemed educators expected to take part in the panel discussion.

“With unrelenting focus, we seek to propel sustained academic achievement for every student, and we are grateful to Dr. Noguera for leading this ‘call to action’ event,” Hileman said. “Our goal is for our school partners to be able to take home actionable solutions to implement in their respective communities.”


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