Category Archives: Education

Group Focuses on Developing Black CEOs

In an effort to increase the relevancy of historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs), the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) redesigned one of its signature programs to cultivate Black industry leaders at the corporate level. Johnny Taylor, president and CEO of TMCF, a HBCU membership group focused on increasing access, retention and graduation rates of [...]

The Delta Research And Educational Foundation Seeks 40 Nonprofit Partners To Host Town Hall Advocacy Sessions On Teacher Effectiveness

The Delta Research and Educational Foundation (DREF), partnering with Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. (DST), is issuing a Call to Action for nonprofit organizations to increase the dialogue around teacher efficacy to improve educational outcomes through their Delta Teacher Efficacy Campaign (DTEC). The campaign is made possible by a matching grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates [...]

Leaders of historically black colleges meet in Va.

As historically black colleges and universities struggle to survive in the face of continued challenges, their unique role makes it vital that they succeed, leaders of several of the institutions said Friday. The college presidents gathered in Virginia as part of events marking 150th anniversary of Virginia Union, one of the more than 100 historically [...]

To Be Equal: Black Parents Support Common Core State Standards

The National Urban League released a new survey last week that shows overwhelming support from one of the most important, but rarely heard voices in the roiling and often distorted debate over Common Core State Standards – African American parents. Our survey of 1,600 African American public school parents found that 60 percent of respondents [...]

On U.S. Campuses, Networking and Nurturing to Retain Black Men

Cameron Slater spent nearly a decade on the streets in Little Rock, Ark. — he says he saw four friends die within three months — before he enrolled at Pulaski Technical College after a nudge from his pastor. In his first year, he and his friends noticed some adults on the campus, in North Little [...]

Young HBCU Alumni Are Changing the Face of Philanthropy

The organizers behind the Puissance Scholarship are encouraging their peers to give back to their respective university and college endowments through memorable social gatherings and community service, while inspiring high school students in the New York area to seek higher education at a historically Black college and university. “I wanted to give back to the [...]

Urban Districts Pledge Progress for Boys of Color

Leaders in some of the nation’s big-city school districts say they have new momentum—created by attention from President Barack Obama—to tackle one of the most vexing problems in urban schools: improving academic outcomes for African-American and Latino boys. But despite the president’s high-profile call for action to improve the lives of boys of color in [...]

Is U.S. education policy keeping poor people in poverty?

The United States has a national policy of keeping poor people poor. This policy isn’t a sinister capitalist plot. It is, however, a purposeful ongoing national policy that has the effect of keeping people poor. We know people living in poverty in America are disproportionately African-American and Hispanic-American. Thus, the inaction of policymakers to rectify [...]

The Leadership Conference Urges Education Department to Maintain Accountability in State Waiver Renewals

In a letter issued October 27, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights urged Secretary Arne Duncan and the U.S. Department of Education to hold states to rigorous standards when renewing waivers under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). The letter calls for a continued federal commitment to equal educational opportunity, stating, “Our families, [...]