Monday, June 25, 2012

"Middle School Matters: Improving the Life Course of Black Boys" Symposium - Jul 22nd!

CDF (Children's Defense Fund) and ETS (Educational Testing Services) are hosting a series of symposia on closing the achievement gap for Black males from birth to 24-years-old to put the spotlight on best policies and practices for those most at risk to enter the Cradle to Prison PipelineTM.

When a Black boy born in 2001 has a one-in-three chance of going to prison in his lifetime, this is an urgent call to action. At our national conference this July 22nd to 25th in Cincinnati, Ohio we will address the challenges faced by Black boys from 9 to 13-years-old with a special track called, "Middle School Matters: Improving the Life Course of Black Boys”.

This symposium will explore how we can address the social and academic challenges young Black males face and create a positive school environment for them to flourish during these critical developmental years.

Join CDF President Marian Wright Edelman, Geoffrey Canada, president and CEO of the Harlem Children’s Zone, Dr. Michael Nettles, Sr. Vice President for ETS Policy Evaluation and Research Center, Dr. Jerry Weast, former superintendent of Montgomery County public schools in Maryland, and other leading experts to close the gaps between what we know works and what we do in practice, including school leadership and delivering a culturally competent education.

Learn more about the symposium’s sessions and the plenary, mini-plenary sessions and workshops at CDF’s national conference, Pursuing Justice for Children and the Poor with Urgency and Persistence. Discounts for hotel rooms are available on a first come, first served basis.

Please join us and register today,

– Children’s Defense Fund

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