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ETS-CDF Achievement Gap Symposium

June 24, 2013

National Press Club Washington, D.C.


Black Male Teens: Moving to Success in the High School Years

During the 2013 symposium, policymakers, practitioners and advocates will focus on the latest research, strategies and college- and career-readiness models aimed at creating high schools where opportunities for Black males prevail. The purpose is to highlight the unique challenges facing these young men and to examine the most effective practices schools and communities should adopt in order to help close achievement gaps as well as foster college and career success.

The symposium will concentrate on three key levers that affect the success of Black males in high school:

  • Providing a rigorous high-quality curriculum and instruction for college and career readiness
  • Establishing safe, positive, supportive and welcoming school environments
  • Building skills and capital for college and career success

Session participants will address many of the following questions:

  • How can we maximize the success of Black male high school students?
  • How can we make schools safe, positive, supportive and welcoming?
  • How can we eliminate the most persistent obstacles to high school success for young Black men?
  • How can we increase rigor and improve instruction to ensure college and career readiness?
  • How can we ensure all students have the skills and capital needed for college and career success?
  • What are the responsibilities of policymakers, officials, educators, communities and families in ensuring the success of young Black men?

Confirmed Speakers

  • Marian Wright Edelman, Children’s Defense Fund
  • Michael Nettles, Educational Testing Service
  • Cassius Johnson, Carnegie Corporation of New York (Keynote speaker)
  • Robert Balfanz, Everyone Graduates Center, Johns Hopkins University
  • David Banks, The Eagle Academy Foundation
  • Judith Browne Dianis, Advancement Project
  • Michael Tubbs, Langston Hughes Academy
  • Cedric Jennings, District of Columbia Youth Advisory Council
  • Ivory Toldson, Howard University
- See more at: http://www.childrensdefense.org/newsroom/cdf-in-the-news/press-releases/2013/press-advisory.html#sthash.akg5MDNC.dpuf

Register today for the event. For questions about the event, please contact Bernadette Teeley at bteeley@ets.org or 1-609-734-5058.