Shifting the Numbers: Men of Color and Education

Posted by on January 17, 2011

Shifting the Numbers: Men of Color and Education
Presented by The Makuu Black Cultural Center at the University of Pennsylvania and Teach For America

Tuesday, January 25, 2011
7:00pm (doors open at 6:30pm)
Irvine Auditorium, University of Pennsylvania
3401 Spruce Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
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Confirmed Panelists:
Dr. Arlene Ackerman
Superintendent, School District of Philadelphia

Robert Archie, Jr. Esq.
Chairman, Philadelphia School Reform Commission

Amanda Fernandez
Vice President, Diversity & Inclusiveness, Teach For America

Sherif El Mekki
Principal, Mastery Charter Shoemaker Campus

Omari Todd
Vice President, Regional Operations, Teach For America

What methods and models are working in teaching men of color?  What drives high-achieving men of color to teach?  Evidence has shown that success of children of color depends mightily upon the presence of high-achieving teachers of color, especially males.  The Makuu Black Cultural Center and Teach For America invite you to participate in a panel discussion outlining the current state of education in Philadelphia and reviewing success stories that can be emulated.  College students, school administrators/faculty, community members and parents are encouraged to attend.

The Makuu Black Cultural Center is a nexus of academic, personal, and professional growth for University of Pennsylvania students interested in Black culture and the African Diaspora. Through advising, leadership development, social and cultural programming we expand student access to the University’s resources.

Teach For America is the national teaching corps of outstanding recent college graduates who commit two years to teach in urban and rural public schools and become lifelong leaders in expanding educational opportunity. This year, more than 8,200 corps members are teaching in 39 regions across with country, and more than 20,000 alumni comprise a growing force of leaders working to expand educational opportunities from a variety of sectors.

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