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    White House Deputy Director Joins Symposium Dedicated to Closing the Opportunity Gap
    Posted on 02/22/2016
    Ivory Toldson, Ina Howell and Bernardo Ruiz at the recent SPS symposium

    In support of the White House initiative My Brother's Keeper Initiative, Seattle Public Schools recently welcomed Dr. Ivory Toldson, deputy director for the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities, to the John Stanford Center to take part in a symposium dedicated to closing the Opportunity Gap for African American males and other students of color.

    Dr. Toldson is a tenured professor at Howard University and author of more than 60 publications dedicated to the state of education for African Americans. He joined Superintendent Larry Nyland, School Board members, Stephan Blanford and Leslie Harris, other SPS leaders and more than 250 community members to discuss developing an action plan for equitable education.

    symposium attendees The symposium co-organized by the district and close partner Seattle Alliance of Black School Educators (SABSE), included work sessions on cultural issues to public education, strategies, interventions, programs, and resources to improve the quality of education in Seattle schools.

    The meeting closed with a panel of experts from the county, city, and faith community including Superintendent Larry Nyland, Michael Tolley and Bernardo Ruiz discussing collective strategies for closing the gaps.Together, with partners like SABSE, SPS is committed to closing opportunity and achievement gaps for each and every student.

    Photo from left to right: Ivory Toldson, Ina Howell and Bernardo Ruiz.

    Learn more about Closing the Opportunity Gaps at Seattle Public Schools.

    Learn more about White House initiative My Brother's Keeper Initiative