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Adult Workshops – 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Changing Standards, Raising Expectations

Who says African-American male high-school students can’t succeed in tough academic courses and advanced placement courses? They definitely can and do, when they are committed to solid preparation for college success and have the right support systems. This workshop – showcasing an AAMI Best Practices Leadership Award recipient – will demonstrate that you can meet the standards when expectations are raised.
Dr. Deryl Bailey, Associate Professor, Counseling & Human Development Services, and Director, Gentlemen on the Move, The University of Georgia
Mr. Derricotte Jaquan, Freshman, Cedar Shoals High School
Mr. Jarvis Bradford, Junior, Cedar Shoals High School
Mr. Julian Reyes, Senior, Cedar Shoals High School
Ms. Betsy Green, Assistant Project Director, USG’s African-American Male Initiative
Room: 401

Model Campus Infrastructures for Student Success

Three seasoned administrators of college-based retention programs share their strategies for building model infrastructures for student success: leveraging institutional support, recruiting and building a strong leadership team, student organizational involvement and creating a campus climate that promotes, recognizes and accepts differences. Learn how to build a program that delivers on your campus.
Dr. Tyrone Bledsoe, President and Founder, Student African American Brotherhood (SAAB)
Dr. Doris Derby, Director, African-American Student Services and Programs, Georgia State University
Mr. Gordon Moore, Director, Minority Educational Development, Georgia Institute of Technology
Dr. Eric Blacknall III, Assistant Director, African-American Student Services and Programs, Georgia State University
Room: 402

Student Workshops – 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Mentoring: What You See Is What You Will Be!

For some young men, mentoring is the motivating factor that helps them see new possibilities for their lives, providing images of success to which they might not otherwise be exposed. In this workshop, two young men who are being mentored – and the adults who mentor them – will share the advantages and benefits of a positive mentor-mentee relationship. Come learn if this might be the ticket to your success!
Mr. Ken Harris, 100 Black Men of North Metro (Georgia) and Owner, Ken Harris and Associates Realty
Mr. Damon Edwards, Junior, South Cobb High School
Dr. Said Sewell, Associate Professor of Political Science and Director, Center for African-American Male Research, Success, and Leadership, University of West Georgia
Mr. Carlos Riley, Freshman, University of West Georgia
Mr. Tony Owens, Student Transition Coordinator, Performance Learning Centers, Communities in Schools of Georgia, Inc.
Room: 300

Title: I hate Math... I hate Science: Using Math and Science to Enhance Your Success

This session will provide the “the tricks of the trade” on how to help students understand that math and science are extremely powerful tools in promoting academic success, and there is no need to fear (or hate!) these important core subjects. Techniques and tools for the mastery of math and science principles will be provided by leading educators and practitioners.
Dr. Alvin Harmon, Assistant Professor of Biology, Atlanta Metropolitan College
Dr. Lonnie Johnson, Founder, Johnson Research and Development Co., Inc
Dr. Zephyrinus Okonkwo, Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science, Albany State University
Dr. Army Lester, Professor of Biology, Kennesaw State University
Room: 213/217

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