Linda James Myers, Ph.D. will present "The Challenges of Cultural Congruence: What Every Advocate Should Know" on Thursday, June 16, from 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. Dr. Myers is a professor at The Ohio State University, past president of the Association of Black Psychologists, and chair of the Board of Trustees for the National Association for the Education of African American Children with Learning Disabilities (AACLD).
This webinar will focus on the importance of cultural congruence, one of the most challenging and often least discussed issues central to the success of Black families as they seek to provide a quality education for their children. As a member of a cultural group whose ethnic and racial heritage is congruent with and supported by that dominant in this society, Euro-western white, one may assume that this prevailing cultural worldview and the subsequent educational and other social institutions created by it are universally suitable and acceptable. The assumption is often made that the prevailing cultural worldview is universally adopted and held by all Americans, particularly those who have been in this country for generations and for whom English is believed to be their first language.
This webinar will explore how these assumptions have hurt non-immigrant African Americans and their progeny, particularly in terms of education, their potential for educational achievement, and the current disproportionality we see in special education. Emphasis will be placed on how advocating for a culturally congruent educational experience on behalf of Black students and their families has the potential to transform the negative educational outcomes that have plagued this population for decades.
This is the first in an Equity and Ethnicity in Special Education four-part series of webinars hosted by COPAA, a non-profit organization that works to protect special education rights and secure excellence in education on behalf of the 7.1 million children with disabilities in America.
Thursday, June 16, 2011 - 12:00 pm Mountain
If you would like to register for this event or any of the four-part series, please click here. COPAA non-member registration is $65.00 for one session or $195.00 for all four sessions.
The full four-part series includes:
Thursday, June 16, 2011 - 2:00 pm Eastern
The Challenges of Cultural Congruence: What Every Advocate for Black Students Should Know
Presenter: Linda James Myers, Ph.D.
Tuesday, June 21, 2011 - 2:00 pm Eastern
Addressing Legal Issues of Disability and Race Discrimination
Presenters: Matthew Engel, Esq., Ron Lospennato Esq.
Wednesday, June 29, 2011 - 2:00 pm Eastern
Representing Parents Whose Dominant Language is Other Than English
Presenter: Gabriela Ruiz, Esq., Southern Legal Counsel, Inc.
Thursday, July 14, 2011 - 2:00 pm Eastern
Disproportionality: What are we doing about it?
Presenters: Sonja Kerr, Esq. Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia (PILCOP)