Jackson Summit Agenda

Friday, April 25, 2014



6:00pm– 7:00pm My Brother’s Keeper: A conversation about the challenges and opportunities facing young men of color  Too frequently the experiences of Black boys are discussed without them being included to speak their truth.  This panel is designed to frame the summit series through the eyes and in the voice of young black men.
7:00pm–8:00pm  My Brother’s Keeper: Supporting Boys and Men of Color in Rural and Isolated Communities As President Obama stated, “My Brother’s Keeper” is about helping more of our young people stay on track; providing the support they need to think more broadly about their future; building on what works, when it works, in those critical life-changing moments. This community forum is designed to highlight what works and what’s needed to support boys and men of color in rural and isolated communities.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

10:00am Welcome  
 10:15am AfAmEdTalk The State of African American Education Today
10:40am–12:00pm Panel I- Leveraging School and Community Partnerships and Public and Private Partnerships to Ensure African American Educational Excellence This panel will highlight the importance of leveraging public/private partnerships and out-of-school opportunities to invest in the academic, social and emotional development of African Americans men and boys beginning at birth: including integrated student support services; high quality college and career ready coursework and out-of-school programs and services designed to ensure academic success as well as developmentally appropriate social and emotional growth will be discussed.  Promising and proven strategies will be highlighted.
12:00pm–12:45pm LUNCH
(On your own)
Heritage Cafeteria (participants are able to purchase lunch)
Jackson State University
1:00pm AfAmEdTalk Empowering Parents, Guardians and Caring Adults
1:15pm–2:25pm Panel II- Empowering Parents, Guardians and Caring Adults to Support African American Educational Excellence This panel will equip parents, grandparents, guardians and caring adults with the information and resources needed to support and advocate for African American students in Jackson and surrounding areas. Panelists will provide tips for building meaningful relationships with educators and school leaders.
2:25pm–2:45pm AfAmEdTalk Reflections on Pathways to Success
2:45pm–4:00pm Panel III – What Does it Mean to Be College & Career Ready in the African American Community? This panel will explain what it means for African American students to graduate high school college and career ready. Panelists will discuss popular policies and practices impacting African Americans students, schools and communities (including the Common Core, clarifying the relationship between public charter schools and public non-charter schools and the importance of science, technology, engineering, the arts and mathematics). Panelists will speak to specific strategies that have demonstrated success in supporting boys and men of color, especially those disconnected from formal systems of education or employment.
4:00pm–5:25pm Panel IV – Leveraging   
Research & Community 
Resources to End the 
This panel will describe programs, policies and practices that result in safe, supportive and successful environments for boys and men of color.  This panel will underscore the need to support boys and men of color with particular emphasis on pipelines and pathways enhancing the academic and workforce preparedness of African American males.