#AfAmEdChat Discusses President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper Initiative

This Thursday, from March 20, 2014 from 12-1pm EST the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans will host its next installment of #AfAmEdChat.  This edition will focus on President Obama’s new #MyBrothersKeeper initiative. “By increasing awareness of the President’s initiative My Brother’s Keeper we can each take concrete steps to reduce the barriers that race and poverty play in denying equality of opportunity” shares Deputy Secretary of Education, Jim Shelton.My Brothers Keeper

The March 20th #AfAmEdChat is one of a series of strategies the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans is using to bring people together around issues and ideas supporting the achievement of boys and men of color. Deputy Secretary Shelton notes “Social media is the fastest and easiest way to spark discussion and exchange ideas.  Conversations about race and poverty are often difficult to have face to face and are often therefore avoided.” President Obama reminded us during the launch of My Brother’s Keeper, and Shelton adds “the unique challenges facing boys and men of color should never be swept under the rug.”

According to Deputy Secretary Shelton,  “folks should tune into the My Brother’s Keeper #AfAmEdChat to stay in touch with the latest details and help move the conversation forward. We will be sharing information regarding our process and next steps as well as ways for you to be involved and updated in this critical work.”  In addition to White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans Executive Director David J. Johns and Policy Advisor Christopher Scott confirmed guests include:

- Mike Blake – Green For All – Director of Public Policy & External Affairs & Operation Hope – Senior Advisor- @MrMikeBlake
Mary Brown – Executive Director, Life Pieces to Masterpieces– @LP2MP
Christopher Chatmon – Executive Director, African American Male Achievement, Oakland Unified School District- @AAMAOUSD
Shawn Dove – Manager of Open Society Foundations Campaign for Black Male Achievement – @DoveSoars
Angela Glover-Blackwell – Founder and Chief Executive Officers, PolicyLink – @policylink
Shaun Harper – Executive Director, Center for the Study of Race & Equity in Education at University of Pennsylvania- @DrShaunHarper

Additionally, to support the work of My Brothers Keeper, the Initiative is hosting a series of Summits on Educational Excellence for African Americans in cities across the Nation to directly engage young people, schools, communities, philanthropy and businesses interested in implementing successful strategies.   To learn more and to register for a Summit near you visit www.ed.gov/AfAmEducation

Khalilah Harris is a fellow with the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African-Americans. She is an education program and policy advisor, attorney and a doctoral student at University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education.

#AfAmEdChat Twitter Virtual Roundtables Commemorate American Education Week 2013

The White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans hosted a weeklong series of virtual roundtables November 18th – 22nd, using the Twitter platform to commemorate American Education Week.  Executive Director David J. Johns engaged national experts in discussions of key educational issues.  The series was designed to increase awareness about the efforts of the President, the US Department of Education, and the Initiative to advance educational excellence for African Americans.  It also provided a platform for guests and participants to discuss issues and share or propose solutions.  Finally, the series served as an opportunity to test the Initiative’s plans to use social media to increase community engagement in 2014. 

Chat Summaries

Monday
http://storify.com/AfAmEducation/afamedchat-kicks-off-american-education-week 
Tuesday
http://storify.com/AfAmEducation/tuesday-nov-19th-afamedchat-picks-up-steam
Wednesday
http://storify.com/AfAmEducation/wed-nov-20-afamedchat-on-black-male-achievement
Thursday
http://storify.com/AfAmEducation/afamedchat-thur-nov-21-2013-those-who-can-teach
Friday
http://storify.com/AfAmEducation/opportunity-gaps-facts-myths-and-possibilities

The Initiative hosted a special recap to bring together major themes from the previous week and call attention to strategies for moving forward with suggestions from guests and the community.
RECAP (Tuesday, Nov. 26th) – http://storify.com/AfAmEducation/afamedchat-recap-guests-reflect-on-moving-forward

Khalilah Harris is a Fellow with the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African-Americans. She is an education program and policy consultant, attorney and a doctoral student at University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education in Educational Leadership & Organizational Development.