LOS ANGELES — Although the world’s top education experts call for “inclusive education” that values the culture and heritage of each individual child, most American classrooms lack the resources to provide culturally-responsive education to African-American students, a key cause for the persistent “achievement gap.”
A new CD-ROM version of the 2009 Black Students Internet Guide aims to give a roadmap for successfully improving student outcomes for students, parents and educators.
Author John William Templeton unveiled the new edition, chock full of animated, interactive, engaging online resources in a variety of disciplines, during a film tour throughout California this week beginning Tuesday night at the legendary San Francisco enrichment program PACT Inc., founded in 1963 by black professionals who sought to increase college enrollment.
Templeton demonstrated the use of the digital resource before screening his new documentary Freedom Riders of the Cutting Edge, a chronicle of the earliest mathematics and science pioneers who broke into the high tech industries in the 1950s and 1960s.
The special edition version includes both the Black Students Internet Guide, first published in 1999, and the hour-long Freedom Riders. The inital chapter of the Guide includes biographies of the ninth edition of the 50 Most Important African-Americans in Technology, links to more than 100 historically-black colleges and universities and lesson plans in history, mathematics and science.
The author appears at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 16 in the Los Angeles Urban Policy Forum at 3351 43rd Ave. in the Lucy Florence Coffee House and later Saturday at 6 p.m. in the Mayme E. Clayton Library and Museum.