Where the Black and Brown Boys Aren’t (and Why)
Saturday, April 9, 2016, 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Colorado Convention Center, Room 201/203/205/207
Too many young males of color have little interest in reading or engaging meaningfully in public libraries. The older these boys get, the more they opt out, often to the point where they drop out of reading completely. If they drop out, they miss out on many opportunities for achievement and future successes in life. Library professionals can and must become advocates committed to effectively engaging boys of color to reign as readers in libraries.
At the end of this session, participants will:
1: Recognize and reverse five factors that lead to reading reluctance and limited utilization of library services among many young males of color.
2: Know and demonstrate three roles that library professionals should play in effectively engaging young males of color, in a library setting, and positively impacting their reading and literacy outcomes.
3: Be able to identify and employ eight evidence-based strategies in an effort to help stem the tide and improve library engagement and reading/literacy outcomes for young males of color.
The session organizer(s) identified this session as appropriate for:
Level 2: People with some knowledge, who want to increase their understanding.
This session will have: Medium interaction: single speaker/panel with questions or audience participation throughout
Tags: Serving Youth, Advocacy, Children's Services, Diversity, Literacy, Multicultural Services
Nichole Shabazz, Youth Outreach and Programming Coordinator
Cleveland Public Library, Cleveland, OH
Nichole is an urban K-12 educator and librarian, currently serving as Youth Outreach and Programming Coordinator for the Cleveland Public Library. Her responsibilities include managing system-wide youth programming across 28 branches and serving as the educational liaison between the library and the larger educational community. Nichole holds a MA in Curriculum & Instruction and an EdS in Instructional Leadership. She is completing her dissertation in pursuit of a Ph.D. in Instructional Design.
Phyllis Hunter, Reading and Literacy Expert
Phyllis C. Hunter Consulting, Inc., Sugarland, TX
Phyllis C. Hunter is a well-known literacy expert. In conjunction with Scholastic, Hunter has published the Phyllis C. Hunter Classroom Libraries and It's Not Complicated! What I Know for Sure About Helping our Students of Color Become Successful Readers. She has served as Advisor to the President of the United States, Reading Manager under former Secretary of Education, Rod Paige and as the manager of the Reading Department with the Houston Independent School District.