They [children] don’t think about boundaries, precedents, solvency, market opportunity, or the business case. They think about what they enjoy doing or believe they would enjoy doing, and then do it. – James B. Rosseau, Sr.
This past weekend I had the honor of presenting at the Scholars of Color Conference at Temple University (@SOCC2019). It gave me the opportunity to share my work relative to delivering the Success on Your Own Terms Training to High School students.
When preparing for a presentation I like to refresh data and while I have seen this data many times, reviewing it in preparation “refueled my tank” and hardened my resolve.
This data is from the NAEP (National Assessment of Education Progress) and for good measure, I cross-referenced this against the Philadelphia School District’s SPR (School Progress Report) for reasonability. The measurement is for 12th graders.
8th Grade Students % Proficient in Math, Reading and Science:
All Students: 33%, 35%, 33%
Hispanic Students: 20%, 22%, 18%
Black Students: 13%, 17%, 11%
12th Grade Students % Proficient in Math, Reading and Science:
All Students: 23%, 36%, 21%
Hispanic Students: 11%, 24%, 9%
Black Students: 7%, 16%, 5%
Well over a decade ago I knew I wanted to devote more of my time to invest in the development of historically underserved communities. I am tremendously thankful to be able to do so now. It is not a nice-to-have, it is a must do.
The good news is that our youth are capable of achieving their dreams when they are given the right support. For sure more support is needed.
Feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like additional information.
Have a great day folks!