Tuesday, September 18, 2007

News Updates: Education Edition

Peace and blessings,

Yeah Yeah I know, I'm biased because I'm an educator myself, but these are some really good updates. These updates are particularly important because the two I have for you today have to do with African American and Latino/Hispanic American Students and their parents' educational involvement. The following updates come from the
  • Black Star Project
  • , a Chicago-based organization whose goal is to improve

    "the quality of life in Black and Latino communities of Chicago and nationwide by eliminating the racial academic achievement gap. Our mission is to provide educational services that help pre-school through college students succeed academically and become knowledgeable and productive citizens with the support of their parents, families, schools and communities. Additionally, we help students aspire to post-secondary educational opportunities and training while exploring careers that will be emotionally, intellectually and financially rewarding. Our services are available to all students, particularly low-income Black and Latino students who attend low-achieving schools in disadvantaged communities(Taken from blackstarproject.org, retrieved 9/18/07)."

    Both of these updates are included under the "Education" heading of the news section. The first is about a Million Father March that started this past summer and is continuing during the fall, which focuses on the role of fathers in their children's education. The march has already taken place in Chicago, North Carolina, and New York to name a few cities. The second update is actually a link to a "Family Learning Contract," which pertains to how parents can create home environments and engage their children in ways that promote their educational pursuits and development. More information on both of these can be found at the
  • Black Star Project's website.

  • Check them out and share your thoughts. Take care and speekonit...

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