Los Angeles Education Partnership Convenes Leaders to Transform Education for Black Lives

LOS ANGELES, CA – AUGUST 17, 2021 – As students head back to schools, recent events have highlighted that the educational system must change in order to achieve equity. The Los Angeles Education Partnership (LAEP) and innovative educational leaders will be hosting a virtual conference, “Transform Education for Black Lives,” on September 10, 2021, from 9 a.m. to Noon (PDT), to help educators engage in systemic changes to address inequities. The conference can be viewed at transform.laep.org.

Jeff Duncan-Andrade, Ph.D.; Sharroky Hollie, Ph.D.; Taharee Jackson, Ph.D.; and Brian L. Wright, Ph.D. will participate in a panel discussion and lead breakout sessions for participants. School leaders, early childhood administrators, and systems-change practitioners, nationwide, will learn how to strengthen equity practices and remove barriers to foster communities that honor the voices of BIPOC students, parents, and staff. They will engage in answering the question, “How can I become an agent of change in dismantling systems of racial inequity for Black students and families in the early ed and K-12 world?”

Building on a successful virtual event last year, LAEP and this year’s speakers will continue to focus on how educators can take action. Educational leaders and system-change practitioners will learn how they can bring about change for Black students of all ages – from diapers to diplomas – in their schools and community.

Panelists include:

Jeff Duncan-Andrade, Ph.D., Professor of Latina/o Studies and Race and Resistance Studies, San Francisco State University;

Sharroky Hollie, Ph.D., Executive Director, The Center for Culturally Responsive Teaching and Learning;

Taharee Jackson, Ph.D., Founder and Tonesetter-in-Chief, DrTaharee Consulting; and

Brian L. Wright, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Program Coordinator of Early Childhood Education and Coordinator of the Middle School Cohort of the African American Male Academy, The University of Memphis

Black children face inequities in many ways. Nationally, Black girls are four times more likely to be arrested in school than white girls, and Black boys with disabilities endure an arrest rate five times higher than other students. Poverty also leads to high stress and traumas. Nearly one-third of Black students live in poverty – a poverty rate higher than other ethnicities. Black students also have the highest school dropout rate of all racial and ethnic groups and their graduation and college enrollment rates are the lowest. Visit transform.laep.org to learn more.

“The educational system must change immediately, and systemic racism in our country must be addressed, in order to make a difference for Black students of all ages, from diapers to diplomas,” says Michele Broadnax, CEO & President of LAEP. “We must explore ways to help Black students define the educational space for themselves – rather than allow it to define them. Educational leaders and systems-change practitioners, nationwide, can commit to and get support in making necessary changes by attending LAEP’s ‘Transform Education for Black Lives’ event. Understanding the problem is critical, but knowledge alone isn’t enough. It is time to act.”

About Los Angeles Education Partnership:

Los Angeles Education Partnership (LAEP) is a nonprofit organization that advances educational equity. Together with families, schools, and the community, LAEP facilitates access to and opportunities for quality educational and wellness practices so that children thrive from diapers to diplomas. Founded in 1984, LAEP was the first nonprofit in Los Angeles to focus exclusively on educational equity and among those at the forefront of the educational transformation movement nationwide.

Learn more at laep.org

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Los Angeles Education Partnership
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Los Angeles
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