What We Must Do to Enhance the Achievement of African American Males

Posted by on May 21, 2012

The Center for Safe Schools is pleased to announce the sixth offering in an online learning series presented by the Mid-Atlantic Equity Assistance Center, which will be offered on Thursday, May 24, 2012.

Live, Online Session:

Dissonant Harmony: A Conversation about What We Must Do to Enhance the Achievement of African American Males

Thursday, May 24, 2012
2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. (Eastern Time)

Secretary Duncan has stated that “the high drop-out rate is the Civil Rights issue of this decade.” Research indicates that, nationwide, less than 50% of African American males graduate from high school and even fewer make it to and complete college. The implications resonate in all sectors of our economy. As educators, we need to confront this failing. The session will explore specific engagement challenges related to African American males via the historic, social, and academic context. The presenters will offer suggestions for implementing positive approaches to engage African American males in the classroom.

By the end of this session, participants will be able to:

– Recognize specific social, economic and academic engagement challenges related to African American males

– Learn interpersonal skills and verbal scripts that will enable African American males to invest, and achieve in, education

– Implement strategies to improve the academic performance of African American males

Target Audience:  K-12 administrators, teachers, central office professionals, superintendents

Presented by:

– Robert Murphy, specialist, school completion and alternative programs, MSDE

– Joshua Parker, English/Language Arts Department Chair, Windsor Mill Middle School, Baltimore County Public Schools, Maryland Teacher of the Year

– Lisa Williams, Director, Office of Equity and Cultural Proficiency, Baltimore County Public Schools

To register, please click on the link below or copy and paste the link into your web browser:


The Mid-Atlantic Equity Assistance Center is one of ten regional equity assistance centers funded by the U.S. Department of Education under Title IV of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to provide technical assistance and training services in the areas of race, gender and national origin (English Language Learners/ESL) free of charge to public school districts and other responsible governmental agencies in federally-designated Region III, which includes: Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia.  The goal of the Mid-Atlantic Equity Assistance Center is to ensure that all children have access to equitable education opportunities in order to complete college and succeed in their careers.

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