educationfeatureThe Louisville Urban League will host a summit to address “the achievement gap and other barriers that are contributing to outcome disparities for African-American students.”

Registration for the free summit, which will be held over two days starting Friday, is open.

The first day — aimed at parents and caregivers — takes place at the Kentucky Science Center, from 8:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Friday.

It will feature a panel of education leaders and parents and a keynote speech by Dr. James Calleroz White, head of school for Louisville Collegiate School. Dr. White has a Ph.D. in educational leadership. Breakfast and lunch will be provided; there will be space for child care for up to 50 children, ages 6-12.

The second day, Monday, Oct. 3, is for teachers and administrators, and will be held at Jefferson Community and Technical College’s Health Sciences Building at 110 W. Chestnut Street, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Professional development hours are being offered to educators who attend.

The event will feature national educational leaders sharing their success stories, including:

  • David Banks, president and CEO of the Eagle Foundation and founder of Eagle Academies. These are college preparatory public schools in New York City, working with inner-city young men and focusing on the pursuit of academic excellence, strong character and responsible leadership.
  • Dr. Roz Akins, dean of students for the Carter G. Woodson Academy — an all-male college preparatory program in Lexington that offers a rigorous curriculum through the lens of African-American history. This is one model JCPS is considering for the proposal of the W.E.B. DuBois Academy in Louisville.
  • Dr. Donna Ford is professor of education and human development at Vanderbilt University and a leading expert on multicultural education that uses of gifted and advance classes to close the achievement gap.
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