SOURCE: National Association of Black Journalists

National Association of Black Journalists

April 16, 2015 06:43 ET

NABJ's Inaugural Media Institute on Education Begins Today

Attorney Gerald Griggs and Attorney Sanford Wallack, Lawyers for Teachers Involved in Atlanta Cheating Scandal Talk About the Trial and Aftermath of Students' Education

CHARLOTTE, NC--(Marketwired - Apr 16, 2015) - The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) begins its inaugural Media Institute on Education today at Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte, NC. This one-day conference will cover important topics in educational policy, including advancing educational equity and ensuring educational opportunities for poor and minority students, accessing higher education, closing gaps in educational quality, and how supporting communities directly impacts the quality of education our children receive.

Topics that will be addressed during the conference are: A Breaking News Plenary on the Atlanta cheating scandal, providing emotional and social support for our Students, the President's 'My Brother's Keeper Initiative,' the School-to-Prison Pipeline, and breaking the glass ceiling of achievement for low-income students and students of color

Panelists include: U.S. Department of Education Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights Catherine Lhamon, Senior Advisor Delegated Duties of the Deputy Secretary John King, Marianne Nazzaro, M.S.W., Program Advisor for Policy and Management to the Deputy Assistant Secretary and Choice Neighborhoods Team Coordinator from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development will also be in attendance.

The luncheon speaker will be 20-year educator Millard House, former Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools Chief Operating Officer, Former Dept. Supt Tulsa Public School System, and Tulsa Public School Principal of the Year. He is credited for turning a low performing school into a high performing school.

"This power-packed education conference will not only tackle the issues facing our children everyday while in the classrooms, but it will also inform journalists the stories that need to be told to help ensure the success of students," said coordinator of the event, Dedrick Russell NABJ's Vice President of Broadcast.

The NABJ Media Institutes seek to educate and inspire member journalists on topics that directly affect the communities that they serve. These educational sessions are developed to connect journalists with frontline stakeholders, researchers, policy makers, and other journalists to exchange ideas and information about the topics that matter the most.

For more information, and the full schedule, click here.

An advocacy group established in 1975 in Washington, D.C., NABJ is the largest organization for journalists of color in the nation, and provides career development as well as educational and other support to its members worldwide.

Contact Information