Breakout Seminar: Educating Our Black Boys to Excel. A panel of experts discusses the the challenges and successes of educating black boys.
Tim King is an American educator and non-profIt leader, and the founder and CEO of Urban Prep Academies, a network of all-male charter public high schools in Chicago. King and Urban Prep received nation-wide attention in 2010 and again in 2011 after announcements that 100% of the school's first two graduating classes had been accepted into a four-year college or university.
Pedro Noguera is the Peter L. Agnew Professor of Education at New York University. Noguera is an urban sociologist whose scholarship and research focuses on the ways in which schools are influenced by social and economic conditions in the urban environment. He holds faculty appointments in the departments of Teaching and Learning and Humanities and Social Sciences at the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Development, as well as in the Department of Sociology at New York University. Dr. Noguera is also the Executive Director of the Metropolitan Center for Urban Education and the co-Director of the Institute for the Study of Globalization and Education in Metropolitan Settings (IGEMS). In 2008, he was appointed by the Governor of New York to serve on the State University of New York Board of Trustees.
John M. Wallace Jr. earned his PhD and master's degree in sociology from the University of Michigan and his BA in sociology from the University of Chicago.
He is the principal investigator on the University of Pittsburgh Center on Race and Social Problems' Comm-Univer-City of Pittsburgh Project, an integrated program of research, teaching, and service designed to investigate and ameliorate social problems that disproportionately impact economically disadvantaged children, families, and communities. Wallace also is a coinvestigator on the National Institute on Drug Abuse's ongoing national study of drug use among American young people, Monitoring the Future. His recent research examines comprehensive community revitalization initiatives, racial and ethnic disparities in social and economic well-being, the impact of crime on clergy and congregations, and adolescent problem behaviors including violence and substance abuse. His work has appeared in numerous professional journals, books and monographs. In addition to being a professor and a father, he pastors a church in Pittsburgh's Homewood-Brushton neighborhood.
Sociologist Pedro Noguera argues that “there are no easy answers” when it comes to helping black boys succeed in school. Rather than relying on simple, trendy changes such as separating the genders or privileging kinesthetic learning, Noguera advocates for holistic and leadership-based solutions.