Breaking Barriers: Plotting the Path to Academic Success for School-Age African American Males

Friday, April 27, 2012 in Milwaukee

About the Symposium:

The Campaign aims to address black men and boys' exclusion from economic, social, educational, and political life in the United States. Current efforts have helped to narrow the focus to three areas that profoundly shape the life outcomes of black males: Education, Family and Work. Milwaukee education leaders are encouraged to attend this panel presentation discussing best practices and policies aimed at closing the black male achievement gap. The goals of the symposium are to:

  • promote education equity and leadership development for young black males, providing them with the tools to become expowered citizens;
  • ensure that black boys have the opportunity to excel academically, to prepare for college, and to learn skills essential to earning a living wage;
  • strengthen low-income black families through responsible fatherhood initiatives, policy advocates, and supporting efforts for single mothers raising black boys;
  • expand and ensure 21st-century family supportive wage work opportunities for black males;
  • integrate strategic communications across its three core areas to promote positive messages about black men and boys;
  • develop strategies that build local coalitions to marshall resources and expertise to improve life outcomes






Distinguished Speakers:

Moderator - Dr. Ivory Toldson, Senior Research Analyst, Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc.
Dr. Howard Fuller, Professor of Education and Director of the Institute for the Transformation of Learning, Marquette University
Dr. Rod Paige, former US Secretary of Education
Jon Schnur, Executive Chairman & Co-Founder, America Achieves
Dr. V. Scott Solberg, Associate Dean of Research, Boston University School of Education
Dr. Gregory E. Thornton, Superintendent, Milwaukee Public Schools

Program At-A-Glance:

8:00am - Registration/Continental Breakfast  

9:00am - Opening Remarks by Dr. Ivory Toldson

9:15am - Panel #1: Health & Well-Being

10:20am - Panel #2: Practices and Current Strategies in Milwaukee Schools

11:30am - Audience Q&A

12:00pm - Conclusion of Symposium

Conference Location:

Humphrey Scottish Rite Masonic Center

790 N. Van Buren Street

Milwaukee, WI 53202  

Event Parking:

Pfister Hotel parking structure (between Jefferson and Mason / Jackson Street between Wells and Mason). The parking structure is within one block walking distance to the Humphrey Center. On-street parking is also available.

Local Partner Directory:

The Local Partner Directory is a simple way to let other guests know you'll be in attendance at the Milwaukee Symposium. Your information will allow you to connect to other Milwaukee-based educators and advocates in order to facilitate more directed networking.

Host Hotel:

Milwaukee Athletic Club - 758 North Broadway, Milwaukee, 53202