On Thursday, January 30, 2014, Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) Superintendent Robert W. Runcie, School Board members, elected officials, parents, students and community members, listened attentively as black male high school and college students shared information regarding what they need in order to be successful. The forum, Walk A Mile in My Shoes,
occurred at Dillard High School in Fort Lauderdale. It featured black male youth sharing their experiences, challenges and needs as they navigate school and life. “It is critically important to have the voice of these youth inform and guide our work,” said Superintendent Robert W. Runcie. “While there are some similarities between one generation and the next, we have to acknowledge the differences in ideas, attitudes and problems experienced by particular subgroups of today’s youth.”
The Walk A Mile in My Shoes
event launched a comprehensive plan to address the priority of closing the black male achievement gap. BCPS partnered with Scholar Centric and the renowned author and researcher on black male achievement, Dr. Ivory Toldson, to provide professional development for District leaders, as well as, research-based assessment and curriculum to build social, emotional and resiliency skills for black male middle school youth. Superintendent Runcie is focused on helping black male students recognize their own potential and persevere towards academic success.
To learn more about initiatives to decrease the achievement gap, please visit www.browardsuccess.com/Pages/default.aspx
or call (754) 321-1657.