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20th Annual African, African-American and Caribbean Studies Summer Institute Set for Palm Beach Lakes High

June 3, 2014



WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., June 3 -- The School District of Palm Beach County has issued the following news release:

Removing Structural Barriers to Literacy: Strategies to Identify and Diminish Institutional Bias in Educating Black Children is the theme for the District's 20th Annual African, African American, and Caribbean Studies Summer Institute. Palm Beach Lakes High School will host four days of the Summer Institute, with a fifth, Family Day itinerary that includes a Juneteenth Celebration at Spady Cultural Heritage Museum, a re-enactment of the reading of the Emancipation Proclamation, and more. Mark your calendars for June 16-20, with registration starting each day at 8:00 a.m. and sessions running from 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

The Keynote speaker for the Institute is Dr. John Robert Browne, II, a nationally recognized educator, lecturer, and author who specializes in improving effective curriculum instruction for Black and Latino students through culturally courageous leadership. He is the author of a book favored by many in education, titled, Walking the Equity Talk. His presentation is scheduled for 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Wednesday, June 18. Myra Leavy-Bazemore, manager of the Office of African, African American, Latino and Gender Studies said that organizing the Summer Institute each year is a collaborative, vital, labor of love. "From the minute the 2013 Summer Institute ended we were already in planning mode for 2014--researching information, contacting potential presenters, organizing the itinerary and revising it along the way

Dr. John Brown II because the work we do with and for our children is just that important," she stated.

Other Institute presenters include(but are not limited to) Dr. Yaba Blay, a scholar of Africana Studies who uses personal and social narratives to disrupt assumptions and expectations about cultures and identities; Blanche Williams, a transformational leader, international speaker, and national broadcast journalist; Dr. Edwidge Crevecoeur-Bryant, from the University of Central Florida in the English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL Department, School of Teaching, Learning, and Leadership; and Dr. MaryAnn DuPont, former assistant superintendent for Quality Assurance for the Palm Beach County School District and consultant for the Wake Up! Step Up! parent and community empowerment initiative.

Check the website of the Office of African, African American, Hispanic/Latino, and Gender Studies for information http://www.palmbeachschools.org/sc/AfricanAmerican1.asp.

District employees may pre-register for the Institute at the following link. http://trainu.palmbeach.k12.fl.us/course?id=2296. Palm Beach County residents may register for the conference on-site, free of charge.

For details, contact Ms. Leavy-Bazemore, 561-434-8879 or email Myra.leavybazemore@palmbeachschools.org.

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