Sorry, I should have posted this earlier. For all of you spontaneous folks, Mills College is holding a free event at 6:30 p.m. tonight to talk about the Achievement Gap — whether it can be eliminated, and how. The discussion will air soon on KQED and KAWL, if you can’t make it in person.
Here are the details, from the release:
MILLS COLLEGE TO HOST COMMUNITY CONVERSATION ON ACHIEVEMENT GAP IN PUBLIC EDUCATION
Oakland, CA—February 6, 2008. Mills College will host a community conversation on “Public Education and the Achievement Gap” on Wednesday, February 20, 2008 at 6:30 pm at Lisser Hall, Mills College, 5000 MacArthur Blvd., Oakland, CA. The event is free and open to the public.
According to the National Center for Education Statistics, African American and Latino students’ reading and mathematics skills at the end of high school are roughly the same as those of white students in 8th grade.
Can this disparity in public education be eliminated? Join policy makers, students, and teachers to discuss the causes and solutions to the achievement gap among African American and Latino students and their peers.
Led by Rose Aguilar, host of “Your Call,” daily public affairs show on KALW 91.7 FM, a panel of participating Bay Area educational leaders will
* Russlyn Ali, founding director, The Education Trust–West
* Ronnisha Johnson, student, Philip and Sala Burton High School
* Mark Sanchez, president, San Francisco Board of Education
* Olis Simmons, executive director, Youth UpRising
The program will air on both KQED and KALW and is part of a series of community conversations sponsored by Mills College and the local public radio stations. Next month’s topic is on conscious consumption and participants will examine how Bay Area cities are changing policy to address global climate change.