Expert on African-American education to give public talk in Bloomington

The IU School of Education is partnering with the Monroe County Community School Corp. in Bloomington to sponsor a free public talk tonight by Tyrone Howard, professor of education and director of the Black Male Institute at UCLA.

Howard will speak on “Awakening the Genius in the African-American Child” from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 2 at Fairview Elementary School, 500 W. Seventh St.

Tyrone Howard

Tyrone Howard

A renowned scholar of educational equity, the African-American educational experience and urban schooling, Howard is the author of “Why Race and Culture Matter in Schools: Closing the Achievement Gap in America’s Classrooms” and other books.

Stephanie Power-Carter, associate professor of literacy, culture and language education in the IU School of Education, said IU faculty helped organize the event after learning from MCCSC officials that Howard would be providing professional development on cultural competency for local teachers Tuesday.

“In conversation with them, we thought it would be nice for Dr. Howard to also do something for the Bloomington and IU community while in town,” she said “The School of Education saw it as an opportunity to partner with MCCSC and host another session with Dr. Howard in the community.”

Power-Carter said the event also highlights work taking place to support student learning under second-year principal Justin Hunter at Fairview, the Bloomington elementary school with the most students from low-income families and the largest percentage of African-American and multiracial students.

Howard is founder and director of the Black Male Institute, established at UCLA to conduct research and develop interventions to improve educational opportunities for African-American men and boys. He also has been faculty director of Center X, an associate member of the Bunche Center for African American Studies and faculty associate director of the Academic Advancement Program, all at UCLA.

Child care will be provided during the talk for children ages 5 and up, and light refreshments will be served. A book-signing with Howard will follow.

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