Sunday, September 19, 2010

Show Title: Parent Talk
Date: September 19, 2010
Time: 7:30pm-9:00pm

Do not miss our next Parent Talk. This special Parent Talk will examine the importance of male teachers in the academic success of African American Males. The lack of African American male teachers has been defined as a nationwide problem (Tate-Billingsley, 2010). Data indicates that only two percent of the American five million teachers are African American males. United States Secretary of Education Arne Duncan suggested that if America is to reduce the number of African American young men who fail to graduate, it becomes imperative that men of color are teaching (Tate-Billingsley, 2010). During this amazing conversation we will discuss the reasons behind the African American male teacher shortage and its impact on minority students.

In the 50 State Report on Public Education and Black Males a study conducted by the Schott Foundation it was reported that the graduation rate for African American Males in the United State has become so dismal that an African American male has a better chance of being incarcerated than they have at earning a high school diploma. According to the report the national graduation rate for African Americans males is 47% compared to 78% of white male students. This represents an achievement gap of 31%. Maryland has a graduation rate of 55% which is 8% higher than the national average and places the state in the top of states with a large minority population. Baltimore County is also making great strives in the number of African American males earning a high school diploma. According to the report, Baltimore County African American male students graduate at a rate of 67% compared to 74% for white male students creating an achievement gap of only 7%.

Invited guest for the first show includes:

Dr. Roy Jones is lecturer and executive director for the Eugene T. Moore School of Education's Call Me MISTER Program at Clemson University. The mission of the Call Me MISTER (acronym for Mentors Instructing Students Toward Effective Role-models) Initiative is to increase the pool of available teachers from a broader more diverse background particularly among the lowest performing elementary schools.

Mr. Bryan G. Nelson
is the Executive Director of MenTeach. He understood the importance of teaching and wondered, "If teaching is so important, then where are all the men?" He began by developing a brochure, Real Men, Real Teachers. He was joined by Bruce Sheppard and other men (and backed by supportive women) to offer a workshop at a state professional conference to find more men (and women) who believed that it is important to have men teachers.

Dr. Wayne A. Beckles
is an Assistant Professor for Human, Public and Legal Services at Baltimore City Community College in Baltimore, Maryland. He is a Licensed Certified Social Worker with a clinical specialization. Mr. Beckles has twenty years of experience in the field of social work and his clinical practice focuses on working with men on issues of anger, aggression, depression, identity and loss.

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