Experts Gather to Discuss Improving the Life Course of Black Boys and Men

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Washington, D.C. (February 11, 2013) —

Experts, policymakers and educators will hold an in-depth discussion on the challenges facing Black boys and men — focusing particularly on our nation's 1.5 million middle school-age Black boys — during a meeting in the Washington, D.C., offices of Educational Testing Service on Wednesday, February 13, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The meeting will feature Dr. Michael T. Nettles, Senior Vice President of ETS's Policy Evaluation & Research Center and the Edmund W. Gordon Chair for Policy Evaluation and Research, and Wade Henderson, President and CEO, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights. The discussion will focus on Middle School Matters: Improving the Life Course of Black Boys, topic of the 16th ETS "Addressing Achievement Gaps" symposium. 

"During the middle school years — sixth through eighth grade — children are experiencing a period of significant academic and developmental transition," Nettles explains. "For the first time in their lives, middle school students are expected to take responsibility for their own studies and school experiences. Their later success in adulthood depends on how they've navigated these developmental and social challenges and directly relate to well-known achievement gap issues."

"The goals of the discussion are to address the challenges faced by young Black boys and to explore successful strategies and programs that enable them to flourish during these critical developmental years and ensure future success in life. But first, we must identify ways in which we can create a positive school environment for this unique student population," adds Nettles.

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