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Wayne State Panel To Explore Achievement Gap Affecting African American Children

 Wayne State University and the Institute for the Study of the African American Child (ISAAC) to host 2010 Public Policy Lecture Series Saturday, May 8


Inaugural 2010 Biannual Public Policy Lecture Series presents:

“Moving Forward: The Next Civil Rights Frontier

It’s Time for a Plan to Guide African American Children’s Journey Through School”


Sponsored by ISAAC, this meeting is designed to create a long-term strategy for closing the academic achievement gap that affects African American children. Speakers will discuss existing strategies from the private and public sectors.


Activists wanting to join the fight for educational equity for African American children, in terms of equality of resources and outcomes, should attend.



1 to 5:30 p.m., Saturday, May 8, 2010



Wayne State University’s Student Center Building, 2nd Floor, 5221 Gullen Mall, Detroit, Mich.



·         The Public Policy Lecture Series schedule, topics and conference registration forms are available online at http://www.coe.wayne.edu:16080/isaac/isaacsite/index_files/PPLSSTD-2010.pdf

·         The Lecture Series fee is $50 (prior to April 24, 2010) and includes registration, handouts and refreshments. After April 24, the registration fee is $75.

·         Soul Food Jazz Buffet Dinner, following the Lecture Series from 5:30-7:30 p.m., features the Brandon Parker Trio. This event is an additional $35, and includes a cash bar.

For more information, contact Saundra Sumner at ac6642@wayne.edu or (313) 577-0991.


·         Dalton Conley, dean for the Social Sciences, New York University, author of “Being Black, Living in the Red”

·         Amy Wilkins, vice president for government affairs and communications, The Education Trust, Washington, DC, an organization whose mission is to close the achievement gap that affects low income children and students of color

·         James C. Young, professor, Clark Atlanta University, moderator



·         Godfrey Dillard, attorney in Private Practice, Detroit and Atlanta, lead attorney for the Supreme Court University of Michigan Affirmative Action Case

·         Attorney Brenda Priestly Jackson, chair of the Duval County School Board in Jacksonville, Fla.


Institute for the Study of the African American Child (ISAAC)

Wayne State University, College of Education

·         Janice E. Hale, professor of Early Childhood Education, founding director

honorary co-chair

·         V.P. Franklin, distinguished professor and presidential chair, University of California, Riverside


Co-Chairs of the ISAAC Public Policy Committee

·         Saundra Lamb, conference chair

·         Debra Brundidge, conference co-chair



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Wayne State University is a premier urban research university offering more than 350 academic programs through 13 schools and colleges to nearly 32,000 students.

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