Long Beach will host the next annual fall conference of the Council of the Great City Schools, the nation’s primary coalition of urban school systems. The conference, expected to draw more than a thousand education leaders from throughout the U.S., is scheduled for Oct. 7 to 11, 2015 and will shine a national spotlight on local schools.
The Long Beach Unified School District is a long-time member of the Council and has been working in recent months with the Council and the White House on a concerted effort to improve the academic and social outcomes of boys and young men of color, who as a whole tend to lag behind their peers academically.
LBUSD was among 60 big-city public school districts from across the country to announce the education effort with President Barack Obama at the White House in July. The announcement included a pledge by the 60 school districts to implement a variety of strategies to support students of color from early childhood to graduation.
Representing LBUSD at the White House in July was Board of Education Vice President Felton Williams, who is secretary-treasurer of the Council of the Great City Schools. Williams also is working with a local committee to plan a Students of Color Town Hall Meeting in LBUSD on Feb. 28.
The July pledge supports a White House Initiative called My Brother’s Keeper, a challenge issued in September by President Obama. The President challenged communities to implement coherent strategies for improving life outcomes of all young people regardless of who they are, where they come from, or the circumstances into which they are born.