Aug. 24: Film Screening and Community Forum on Black Male Student Achievement

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August 2, 2011 The Partnership for Los Angeles Schools and the Office of Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa invite local educators, students and community members to "Beyond the Bricks: Film Screening and Community Forum in Support of Black Male Student Achievement," on Wednesday August 24, from 5:30 - 8 p.m. at the Santee Education Complex, 1921 Maple Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90011.

The Beyond the Bricks project is a media project launched by the Ford Foundation that utilizes documentary film and a national community engagement initiative to promote solutions for one of America's critical problems - the consistently low performance of black males in public school. The film follows African American students Shaquiel Ingram and Erick Graham as they struggle to stay on track in the Newark, NJ public school system. Similar film screenings and community engagement forums have taken place in Atlanta, Oakland, Chicago, Detroit and Philadelphia. This will be the first time this event has come to Los Angeles and will coincide with the Partnership's weeklong professional development for teachers.

See the Beyond the Bricks trailer:

After the film screening, there will be a panel discussion regarding solutions to the black male student achievement gap. Current panelist include Blair Taylor, President and CEO of the Los Angeles Urban League and a CCSA board member, Marshall Tuck, CEO of the Partnership for Los Angeles Schools, Education activist Larry Aubry and Kevin Mitchell, a 7th grade student from Markham Middle School. The event is open to the public and free of charge. Please RSVP to Ryan Smith via email or call (213) 201-2000 ext. 248.

This community forum will begin a series of discussions that the Partnership will host around providing solutions for unique urban education issues in an attempt to create city-wide call-to-actions and meaningful solutions. Future topics will address the plight of English language learners in Los Angeles, special education programs and parent involvement in public schools.

Who: The Partnership for Los Angeles Schools and The Office of Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa
What: Beyond the Bricks: Film Screening and Community Engagement Forum in support of Black Male Student Achievement
When: Wednesday, August 24, 5:30 - 8 p.m. Where: Santee Education Complex, 1921 Maple Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90017