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Tuesday, January 22 • 8:30am - 9:30am
Teaching Black Male Learners – Tacoma’s Initiative to Flip the Script and Eliminate Disparities
Motivated by years of shameful academic outcomes, Tacoma Public Schools has embarked on a social justice oriented and ambitious initiative to improve academic achievement for its African American male students. By explicitly examining teacher beliefs about students’ learning capabilities, infusing culturally responsive teaching in classrooms and utilizing data strategically, the initiative has catalyzed difficult conversations and changed instructional practices. As an introduction, presenters will share national, state and local data on Black males. Participants will then watch one short video clip from the documentary "Too Important to Fail" that helps to contextualize the crisis faced by schools and cities. Participants will then learn about the components of the TBML initiative, including its theory of action, various interventions and emerging data demonstrating its effect. The presentation will conclude with evidence of changes in teacher practice and expansion plans.


Roger Chow

Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Tacoma School District
Roger A Chow began his educational career as a Special Education paraprofessional in Ft Lauderdale Florida, also worked as a teacher, a reading specialist, Secondary Director of Literacy. When wanting to put theory into action, his next incarnation was Administrator of two high schools... Read More →

Ben Gauyan

Director, Secondary Education-Middle Schools, Tacoma Public Schools
Dr. Ben Gauyan has served in public education for over 20 years. He has held various positions from instructional assistant to Principal and now serves as Director of Secondary Education, Middle Schools at Tacoma Public Schools. In his spare time, Dr. Gauyan enjoys spending time... Read More →

Patrick Johnson

Director of Equity and Academic Excellence, Tacoma Public Schools
Patrick Johnson currently serves as the Director of Equity and Academic Excellence for the Tacoma Public School District. For the past three years he served as the Director of Educauion at the elementary level supervising principals of 10 elementary schools. Prior to that he was an... Read More →

Tuesday January 22, 2013 8:30am - 9:30am EST
Delta Ballroom B