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Educating African American Males Voices From the Field by Olatokunbo S. Fashola

Educating African American Males Voices From the Field


Educating African American Males Voices From the Field by Olatokunbo S. Fashola

This important book explores the diverse answers to questions posed about the educational achievement of African American males. Leading scholars in the field of Urban Education share their unique approaches to this serious issue, delving into a discussion that covers the following areas: - academic; - sociological; - socio-economic; - emotional; - cultural; - cognitive; - teacher-student interaction; - access to educational opportunity outside of the classroom. Offering unique contributions to both the literature and practice, Fashola et al pave a way toward achieving high-quality education for African American males.


The highly practical and rigorously informative research presented advocates holding high standards for African American males by using holistic approaches that recognize achievement via alternative means to the traditional, quantitatively derived measurements. Its multidisciplinary approach helps further the conversation for providing effective pipelines to close the achievement gap. -- InterActions: UCLA Journal of Education and Information Studies, Vol. 4(1) Fashola's collection of these powerful research studies is both persuasive and well-documented. The studies and evidence provided by Noguero, Ferguson, Roderick, and others help promote the dialogue about why African American males are not succeeding academically and what schools can do about it. -- Education Review, January 2007 Offers a refreshing alternative to the mere recitation of the all-too-familiar bad news. Educating African American Males is grounded in reality. The authors do not promote a one-size-fits-all approach to problem solving. They offer sound, practical suggestions for educators. -- Larry Leverett, Superintendent

About the Author

Olatokunbo (Toks) S. Fashola is a senior research fellow with Optimal Solutions Group and an adjunct research scientist and faculty associate at Johns Hopkins University. She has served as principal investigator, evaluator, and advisor for several programs and program evaluations across the country. Prior to joining the Optimal Solutions Group, Fashola was the research director of the Comprehensive School Reform Center at the American Institutes for Research (AIR), where she was primarily responsible for the evaluation and production of AIR Reports. This work involved reviewing and evaluating the effectiveness of K-12 programs. Fashola was also involved in the National Longitudinal Study of the No Child Left Behind Act (NLS-NCLB) and served as a senior content advisor for the What Works Clearinghouse in the area of high school dropouts. Her more recent work addresses the education of African American males, afterschool programs, schoolwide reform, and program evaluation and rigorous research in general and special education. Toks Fashola is the editor of Educating African American Males: Voices From the Field (Corwin Press, 2005) and wrote some of the book's chapters. She wrote Building Effective Afterschool Programs (Corwin Press, 2001) and Show Me the Evidence!: Proven and Promising Programs for America's Schools. Fashola has also served as an author of book chapters in Effective Programs for Latino Students. Fashola has served on panels to reputable organizations such as the U.S. Department of Education's IES and the National Academy of Science's Committee on Research in Education as well as the National Science Foundation. Her work has been featured on National Public Radio (NPR) and on Public Broadcasting Services (PBS). She has served as an expert witness in the area of desegregation and currently serves on the National Education Steering Committee of the Campbell Collaboration, an international methods organization dedicated to conducting systematic reviews of academic and social science research. Fashola also serves as a national advisor to the Boys and Girls Club of America. Toks Fashola's areas of interest include reading, early childhood education, data-driven decision-making, afterschool programs, high school dropouts, emergent and adolescent literacy, and research methods.

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Publication date

30th March 2005


Olatokunbo S. Fashola

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SAGE Publications Inc


320 pages


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