Annenberg Institute's Warren Simmons to speak at "Race, Gender, Discipline and Justice: Students Locked out of a Quality Education"
Annenberg Institute colleagues Warren Simmons, Richard Gray, and Alethea Frazier Raynor are participating in a national convening in Savannah, GA that will begin Thursday, September 29 and conclude Saturday, October 1. Sponsored by the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. and the African-American Male Achievement Group, Inc., "Race, Gender, Discipline and Justice: Students Locked out of a Quality Education" will bring together stakeholders from around the country who bring diverse perspectives but a collective commitment to addressing the issues surrounding race, gender and discipline in schools.
Warren Simmons will open on Thursday night with a brief talk that puts the issues in a historical context and frames the challenges within our current educational climate and the perception that we have realized a post-racial society. He will then invite John Jackson from the Schott Foundation and Avis Jones-DeWeever from the National Council of Negro Women to join with him to discuss the issues and implications for their work as it relates to increasing student achievement among boys and girls of color.
Richard Gray will moderate a multi-stakeholder panel on Friday entitled "It Takes a Village to Dismantle the Pipeline: Multiple Stakeholders, Multiple Voices." Panelists include Savannah Mayor Otis Johnson; Jonathan Brice, School Support Networks Officer for Baltimore City Public Schools; Georgia State Senator Lester Jackson; Tegegne Alemseged, a Los Angeles high school student and Member of the Labor Community/Strategy Center; Diane Jackson, Founder of Savannah's Young Men of Honor; Demekia Morgan, Parent Organizer with Families and Friends of Louisiana's Incarcerated Children; and Daniel Dodd-Ramirez, Executive Director of Step UP, Savannah's poverty-reduction initiative.