We invite you to join Urban Strategies Council and the Oakland Unified School District as we host the first of four webinars focusing on this important new research on the inequities faced by African American Males and the efforts underway to eliminate these disparities in education outcomes. Each webinar will focus on this new research and will be feature staff from OUSD discussing the efforts underway to eliminate these inequities.
Suspension Research Webinar
June 20, 12 noon CST
Using records from OUSD, Urban Strategies Council found that African American boys were suspended at a rate six times higher than that of white males. In 2010-2011, 18 percent of African American males were suspended at least once, compared to just three percent of white males. Almost half (44%) of these students were suspended for "willful defiance or disruption," a highly subjective offense.
To learn more and join this conversation with our research team and OUSD staff sign up here.
Attendance Research Webinar
June 27, 12 noon CST
Our analysis found that in 2010-11, almost one in five African American males was chronically absent, missing more than 10 percent of the school year – a rate double the OUSD average. Further, not a single middle school in the district in 2010-2011 achieved the district's goal of less than six percent of African American males chronically absent. National research shows that students who are chronically absent at any grade level are less likely to graduate or experience academic success. Improving attendance among African American boys, particularly in the earliest grades, has the potential to boost dramatically their chances of succeeding academically. To hear more about this research and what is being done already at OUSD to address this please join our webinar.
On Track to Graduate Research Webinar
July 3, 12 noon CST
Using well-established warning signs that a student faces increased risk of not graduating from high school, Urban Strategies Council found that in 2010-11, one-third of African American boys in grades K-12 (34%) were off course for graduating from high school, compared to 20% of all students in OUSD. The warning signs were most pronounced among African American boys in middle school, 55% of whom displayed one or more signs of dropout risk. The warning signs vary by school level, but fall into the categories of poor academic performance, chronic absence, and suspensions. To learn more about this research and how OUSD is responding please join us for the final series webinar.
To see these new reports ahead of the webinar visit www.urbanstrategies.org/aamai