ETS Achievement Gaps Symposium to Focus on Young Black Boys

    June 7, 2011 14:39 UTC

    ETS Achievement Gaps Symposium to Focus on Young Black Boys

    Children?s Defense Fund Presents Best Practices to Change the Odds

    Educational Testing Service (ETS):

    WHAT: Achievement Gaps Symposium ?Educational Testing Service
    (ETS) and the Children?s Defense Fund (CDF) will co-sponsor a joint
    symposium, A Strong Start: Positioning Young Black Boys for
    Educational Success

    ETS and CDF present researchers, policy experts, educators and
    practitioners to confront the crisis facing Black boys with today?s
    latest research and statistics and tomorrow?s solutions:

    • The link between early brain development and later academic
    • The success of early childhood home visiting programs.
    • Two leading schools with an integrated early learning through
      third-grade program.
    • CDF Freedom Schools? program?s promising results in
      stanching summer learning loss which contributes to the achievement

    Today, many of the 3.5 million Black boys under the age of nine will not
    enter the pipeline to college and successful adulthood. More than 40
    percent of Black children are born into poverty. Poor Black children are
    behind in cognitive development at nine months and further behind at 24
    months. By kindergarten, poor Black children have to beat the odds to
    catch up ? and as test results show, many never do.

    This critical symposium will focus on how to change those odds and give
    young Black boys a strong start for educational and life success.



    Tuesday, June 14, 2011, 9 a.m. ? 4 p.m. EDT



    National Press Club, Washington, D.C.

    529 14th St. NW, 13th Floor ? Ballroom


    Michael Nettles ? ETS Senior Vice President and Edmund W.
    Gordon Chair

    Marian Wright Edelman ? President, Children?s Defense Fund

    Cathy Grace ? Director of Early Childhood, CDF

    Jeanne Middleton-Hairston ? Director of Freedom Schools, CDF

    Wade Henderson ? President, Leadership Conference on Civil
    and Human Rights

    Rev. Anjohnette Gibbs ? Project Director, Delta Early
    Learning Program

    Iheoma Iruka ? Investigator, FPG Child Development
    Institute, University of North Carolina

    Kristie Kauerz ? Program Director, Harvard Graduate School
    of Education

    Rashanda Perryman ? Early Childhood Senior Policy
    Associate, CDF

    Aisha Ray ? Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs,
    Erikson Institute

    Linda Sullivan-Dudzic ? Special Program Director, Bremerton
    School District, Seattle, Wash.

    Jerry Weast ? Superintendent, Montgomery County Schools,
    Rockville, Md.


    About ETS

    At nonprofit ETS, we advance quality and equity in education for people
    worldwide by creating assessments based on rigorous research. ETS serves
    individuals, educational institutions and government agencies by
    providing customized solutions for teacher certification, English
    language learning, and elementary, secondary and post-secondary
    education, as well as conducting education research, analysis and policy
    studies. Founded in 1947, ETS develops, administers and scores more than
    50 million tests annually ? including the TOEFL? and TOEIC?
    tests, the GRE? tests and The Praxis Series?
    assessments ? in more than 180 countries, at over 9,000 locations

    About the CDF

    The Children?s Defense Fund Leave No Child Behind? mission is
    to ensure every child a Healthy Start, a Head Start, a Fair
    , a Safe Start and a Moral Start in life and
    successful passage to adulthood with the help of caring families and
    communities.?CDF provides a strong, effective and independent voice for all
    the children of America who cannot vote, lobby or speak for
    themselves. We pay particular attention to the needs of poor and
    minority children and those with disabilities. CDF educates the nation
    about the needs of children and encourages preventive investments before
    they get sick, drop out of school, get into trouble or suffer family
    breakdown. CDF began in 1973 and is a private, nonprofit organization
    supported by foundation and corporate grants and individual donations.


    ETS Contact
    Tom Ewing

    Patti Hassler

    Source: Educational Testing Service (ETS)