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Equity Assistance Center to co-host conference on African American student achievement

Early registration ends Friday, March 15, for a national conference to improve achievement by African American students sponsored by the Region VIII Equity Assistance Center (EAC) at MSU Denver and The Urban Education Collaborative at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

The African American Students in Urban Schools: Critical Issues and Solutions for Achievement conference will be held May 14-16 at theSheraton Denver West Hotel,360 Union Blvd. in Lakewood. The cost is $350 before March 15 and $400 after then.

The conference will bring together educators, school administrators, education professors, equity directors and coordinators, federal employees and others to discuss the needs of African American students in K-12 schools. MSU Denver faculty and alumni are encouraged to attend.

Nationally, white and Asian and Pacific Islander students recorded about a 2 percent high school dropout rate in 2010, according to a January report by the U.S. Department of Education. Five percent of Hispanic students left high school without a degree followed by African American students at 5.5 percent and American Indians and Alaska Natives at 6.7 percent.

�There is concern about a lot of kids, particularly African-American students, not finishing school,� due to differential discipline, low expectations for achievement, teen parenthood and other factors, says EAC Director Kathy Rigsby.

The conference, she says, will feature leading researchers who have conducted peer-reviewed studies to identify techniques and strategies to improve learning outcomes and to support students on their path to graduation.

�This is the best information and research out there,� Rigsby adds.

The EAC involvement with the conference is consistent with MSU Denver�s mission. �For a University that reaches out to underrepresented populations, this is another indication of the concern that the University has for them,� Rigsby says.

For more information about the conference, please go to the EAC�s website by clicking here or contact Amber Mozet, EAC specialist, at

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