The DuBois Institute of Clark Atlanta University, in collaboration with the Southern Education Foundation, will host its Third Annual Spring Conference on April 1-2, 2004 at Clark Atlanta University. The conference theme focuses on “Education Issues and the African American Community.” Conference will focus on an examination of the critical educational issues that face the African American Community 50 years after the 1954 Supreme Court decision, Brown vs. Board of Education. Though the conference will engage a national spotlight, it will however focus its efforts on education issues in the South and Southeast. Below are the conference topics:

Fifty Years After: The Legacy of the Brown vs. Board of Education Supreme Court Case

Focus on a discussion about how the May 17, 1954 U.S. Supreme Court ruling “separate educational facilities are inherently unequal,” has affected the lives, educational opportunities and socio-economic advancement of African Americans in the U.S. society.  

Desegregation and Resegregation in the South: Achieving Equality in Education

The focus will be on whether desegregation and/or resegregation in the public school system has aided or hindered equality in education in the South between the races and the current status of the South Education System.


Early School Intervention Programs in the African American Community: Effectiveness of the Head Start Program

This panel will examine the following issues:

·        The impact of welfare reform on the Head Start program.

·        How does Head Start fit into the array of early care and education services that support low-income families?

·        How can Head Start agencies better coordinate and collaborate to serve families more effectively?

·        What has been the impact of Head Start?


"No Child Left Behind" and the Black Community

This discussion will include:

·        What are the implications for African Americans?

·        Would the standard testing procedures reflect the difference between urban and suburban students?

·        Who transfers to the higher performing schools?


Recruiting and Training Black Professionals: The Case of Black Males and Alternative Certifications in Teaching

The discussion revolves around:

·       Increasing the number of black male teachers in the classroom.

·       States and government agencies’ responses to the shortage of black male teachers.

·         The role of competency testing and retention of black male teachers.


      Equity and Adequacy in School Finance

The panel will focus on:

·        The unequal allocation of educational resources among schools (historical and contemporary)

·        The strides that have been taken to bring blacks school financial resources up to par with white schools since the Supreme Court’s decision

·        The challenges and obstacles faced in achieving equity and adequacy


Gender Gap in African American Education

This panel will examine:

·        Why is there such a large gender gap in higher education within the black community?

·        Has the system discouraged African American males from pursuing higher education?

·        What are some proposed ways to address this situation?


Education Policy and Affirmative Action in Higher Education

The discussion will examine:

·        The history of federal education policy toward African Americans.

·        The need for agencies to evaluate federal and state governmental education policies.

·       The future of federal education policy toward African Americans.

·        Federal government collaboration with a wide range of partners to plan, develop, deliver and implement post secondary education advancement.

·        Why is affirmative action in higher education critical in the fight to reverse the growing inequality of opportunity to achieve a college education?

·        What are the methods available to reverse educational inequality in the black community?



W.E. B. DuBois Institute of Clark Atlanta University (CAU) and the Southern Education Foundation

3rd Annual Spring Conference



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