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Learn about the effects of educational injustices on the lives of urban youth, primarily youth of color, in order to interrupt cycles of miseducation. David E. Kirkland focuses on the education and miseducation of Black males and highlights how cycles of inequity (i.e., racial injustice) influence how, why, and what youth of color learn to read and write. Second, he will analyze how critical educators can disrupt such cycles to empower urban youth to transform their own communities, lives, and educational destinies.

Kirkland is an associate professor of English and Urban Education and the executive director of the NYU Metropolitan Center for Research on Equity and the Transformation of Schools. He received his PhD from Mighican State University in Language, Literacy, and Urban Education. His research broadly examines the intersections of race, gender, and education.

Each year, nearly 7.5 million students are chronically absent – missing 10% or more of the school year. How should researchers, policymakers, and educators address chronic absenteeism and its effects on students?

Panelists include Kevin Gee (UC Davis – School of Education and Center for Poverty Research), Shaun Dougherty (Vanderbilt University – Department of Leadership, Policy, and Organizations), Sarah Lenhoff (Wayne State University – Educational Leadership and Policy Studies), Bertha Arellano (Austin Independent School District), and Sonia Dominguez (E3 Alliance, Senior Director of Learning Networks).