WASHINGTON (April 4, 2011) – Black Male Achievement Expert Ivory A. Toldson, Ph.D., author of “Breaking Barriers 2: Plotting the Path Away from Juvenile Detention and Toward Academic Success for School-age African American Males” will lead a forum at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, April 8 at the American Educational Research Association (AERA) national meeting at the New Orleans Sheraton.
Howard University School of Education, The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF) and the Open Society Foundations Campaign for Black Male Achievement will host the event. The 88-page research report focuses on the roles schools and communities can play in reducing the disproportionate contact that Black males have with the juvenile justice system. During the forum, a panel of scholars and a member of Congress will discuss important national educational legislation.
The panel will include Toldson, associate professor at the Howard University School of Education and editor-in-chief of The Journal of Negro Education; Leslie T. Fenwick, dean Howard University School of Education; Congressman Cedric Richmond, 2nd District of Louisiana; and Donna Y. Ford, professor of Education and Human Development at Vanderbilt University.
The meeting will also feature a screening and discussion of the film “Beyond the Bricks” and a preview of Journal of Negro Education special issue “Teacher Education and the Black Community: Preparing Teachers to Teach Black Students, Preparing Black Students to Become Teachers.”