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Release Date: Tuesday, October 1, 2013 4:50 PM
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Educational Town Hall Meeting Examines Diversity in Teacher Workforce
 
David Johns
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WASHINGTON (April 17, 2013) – David Johns, the newly appointed executive director of the White House Initiative on Education Excellence for African-Americans, will join the "Diversifying the Nation’s Teacher Workforce" Town Hall Meeting and panel discussion from noon to 3 p.m. Thursday, April 18, in the Blackburn Center. The event is hosted by Howard’s School of Education, the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, and the American Federation of Teachers.

Additional panel participants include Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers; Leslie T. Fenwick, Ph.D., dean of the School of Education; Marietta English, president-elect of the National Alliance of Black School Educators; Chance Lewis, Ph.D., founding executive director of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte Urban Education Collaborative; Amy Wilkins, senior civil rights fellow at the College Board; and Ivory Toldson, Ph.D., associate professor in the School of Education and editor-in-chief of The Journal of Negro Education.

The panel will examine ways to effectively train teachers of all backgrounds to serve diverse classrooms and explore strategies to increase the number and capacity of African-American teachers.  Panelists will also tackle such issues as the impact of school closings on students and the community, and federal and state educational policies’ effectiveness in preparing teachers.

What: Town Hall Meeting "Diversifying the Nation’s Teacher Workforce"

When: Thursday, April 18, 2013
            Noon – 3 p.m.

Where: Blackburn Center
             2400 Sixth St. NW, Washington, DC, 20010


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