Why We Can’t Wait: Critical and Courageous Conversations Series

Wednesday, December 16, 2015 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm
60 Washington Square South, Room 914 and 912, 9th floor New York, NY 10012

At ESI we have learned that critical conversations about race, class and gender can support and encourage administrators, teachers, guidance counselors, social workers and all staff to create learning and nurturing environments where all students have sufficient opportunities to achieve. Beginning on December 16th, we will host forums where we will come together to examine and to discuss issues of culture as it intersects with race, class and gender.

The first forum will be held at NYU (Kimmel Center – 60 Washington Square South) in partnership with Dr. Eddie Fergus who is an Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy. His work explores the effects of educational policy and practice as it intersects the lives of populations living in vulnerable conditions. More specifically his policy work extrapolates the relationship between discipline codes of conduct, gifted program practice, and academic referral processes and the educational outcomes of low-income and racial/ethnic minority student populations.

During this forum, participants will receive a copy of and engage in an interactive discussion around the COSEBOC (Coalition of Schools Education Boys of Color) Standards and Promising Practices for Schools Educating Boys of Color.  Based on current research, the Standards are a set of guidelines intended to assist school districts, schools, and school leaders who seek to develop and enhance schools and programs serving boys and young men of color.  It is also a self-assessment tool that can serve as the basis for self-assessment, reflection, planning, professional development, and accountability.

We hope you can make it!

Edward Fergus, Assistant Professor, Educational Leadership and Policy, NYU; Paul Forbes, Director, Expanded Success Initiative, NYCDOE; and Ron Walker, Executive Director, COSEBOC