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NBCDI Publishes Being Black Is Not a Risk Factor; Takes Part in White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans’ panel

On October 29, 2013 by Schnader in Litigation

On November 18, the National Black Child Development Institute (NBCDI) will take part in the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans‘ panel titled “Early Learning Opportunities in the African American Community,” at the Department of Education in Washington, DC. Schnader partner Gordon S. Woodward is 2nd Vice Chair of the NBCDI Board of Directors. The firm has been involved with the organization since its inception.   

For more than 40 years, NBCDI has been at the forefront of engaging leaders, policymakers, professionals, and parents around critical and timely issues that directly impact African-American children and their families. Recently, NBCDI published Being Black Is Not a Risk Factor: A Strengths-Based Look at the State of the Black Child. This report is designed to challenge the prevailing discourse about Black children–one which overemphasizes limitations and deficits and does not draw upon the considerable strengths, assets and resilience demonstrated by our children, families and communities. 

This report, which addresses the needs of policymakers, advocates, principals, teachers, parents and others, weaves together three critical elements:

1.       Essays from experts that focus on using our children’s, families’ and communities’ strengths to improve outcomes for Black children

2.       “Points of Proof” from organizations that serve not as exceptions, but as examples of places where Black children and families are succeeding

3.       Data points that indicate how our children and families are doing across a range of measures

Outstanding essay contributors include:

·         Barbara Bowman, Erikson Institute

·         David Johns, Executive Director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African-Americans

·         Cecilia Alvarado, University of the District of Columbia

·         Wade Boykin, Ph.D., Howard University

·         Carol Brunson Day, Ph.D., Consultant

·         Natasha Cabrera, Ph.D., University of Maryland

·         Iheoma Iruka, Ph.D., Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute

·         Kristie Kauerz, Ed.D., University of Washington

·         Hakim Rashid, Ph.D., Howard University

·         Ivory A. Toldson, Ph.D., Howard University 

The Early Learning Opportunities Panel will highlight findings from two reports underscoring the importance of ensuring that all African American children have access to high quality early learning opportunities. A white paper produced by the National Institute for Early Education Research and the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans highlights national opportunities to close early gaps for African American children and families. “Being Black is Not a Risk Factor” a report released by the National Black Child Development Institute, highlights a range of issues relevant to supporting learning and development beginning at birth. Both reports underscore the importance of President Obama’s investments in high quality early learning opportunities and highlight specific opportunities for African American children and families.