ERIC Number: ED484917
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Nov
Between You and Me: Facilitating Cross-Race Dialogue About the Achievement Gap in Schools Between African American and European American Students
Keyes, Marian C., Kusimo, Patricia S.
This document describes a dialogue process that took place in Charleston, West Virginia, between and among district and school-level administrators, who are predominantly European American and African American community leaders. AEL, a federally funded regional educational laboratory, and the Kanawha County School District (where Charleston is located) partnered to initiate the process, which played out in monthly sessions over a 16-month period beginning in May 2001. Although the number of participants expanded and contracted from time to time, the original group included 10 district administrators, 12 principals, and 14 community members. In addition to the regular participants, some school board members and state legislators also participated from time to time. The group named itself the MAACK (Maximizing the Achievement of African American Children in Kanawha). The sessions were intended to generate conditions that would make it possible "to improve educational opportunities for African American children"(Kusimo, 2001). The dialogue sessions were to help each cohort achieve a better understanding of the other?s experience and perspective so that together they could plan collaborative actions. The purpose of this account is to offer a process by which similar dialogues might be initiated in other school districts and communities.
Descriptors: African American Community, Community Leaders, Academic Achievement, African American Students, Administrators, Educational Improvement, Racial Differences, Culturally Relevant Education, Discussion Groups, Consciousness Raising
AEL, P.O. Box 1348 Charleston, WV 25325. Tel: 304-347-0400; Web site: http://www.ael.org.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Community; Administrators
Sponsor: Institute of Education Sciences (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: AEL, Inc., Charleston, WV.