Research makes it clear that young Black males fall below their peers in other racial groups when it comes to literacy rates, high school graduation rates and college readiness.
Alfred Tatum, Ph.D., a literary expert who serves as dean and professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago, will offer ways to unbind the narrative that is suffocating the literacy development of so many of our nation’s children as the keynote presenter at the eighth annual Urban Education and Community Forum sponsored by the School of Education at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Tatum also will discuss a model that aims to advance the literacy development of low- and high-performing readers and writers, paying specific attention to Black boys in grades 3-12.
Tatum has written more than 50 publications on the topic, including Teaching Reading to Black Adolescent Males: Closing the Achievement Gap, Reading For Their Life: (Re) building the Textual Lineages of African American Adolescent Males and Fearless Voices: Engaging the Next Generation of African American Male Writers. Tatum produced four major reading and writing programs used by millions of students throughout the country and served for 10 years on the national reading committee for the National Assessment of Educational Progress.
This year’s forum, “What it takes for effective urban education: Advancing the Literacy Development of African American Boys,” is scheduled from 5-6:30 p.m. Monday, April 3, in Room 401 of the UMKC Student Union, 5100 Cherry St., Kansas City, Mo., with doors opening at 4:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public, but RSVPs are requested by March 27.