Free Webinar - Are You Prepared to Meet the Literacy Needs of African American Male Youth?

May 13, 2013 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm

The need for quality literacy education is strong, particularly for certain underserved populations. One group in critical need of improved literacy instruction is African American males. According to the National Association for Educational Progress 2011 Report Card, only 14 percent of African American 4th and 8th graders performed at or above the proficient level on national reading tests in 2011 and males scored 9 points lower on average than females. 

This webinar will explore the role of the education community, including librarians, in:

1) closing the literacy achievement gap,

2) nurturing the resolve of African American male youth, helping them reconcile their different identities, and reimagine their place in the world,  and

3) enabling African American male youth to take action in their own lives and in their communities.

The session will use Blackboard Collaborate (formerly Elluminate).

Presenters: Sandra Hughes-Hassell and Amanda Hitson

Sandra Hughes-Hassell, Ph.D., is a professor and coordinator of the School Library Media Program in the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In her current research she focuses on social justice issues in youth library services and the role of school library media specialists in education reform. She teaches courses in services to diverse youth populations, materials for young adults and the development of school library media programs.

Amanda Hitson is a graduate student and research assistant at the School of Information and Library Science of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  She will graduate with a Master of Library Science degree in May of 2013 and hopes to begin working as a school librarian the following school year.  Her research has primarily focused on the literacy of African American male youth and multimodal forms of storytelling.

To register for the webinar, visit: <>

Please register even if you will be unable to attend the event. Registrants will receive an e-mail with information about the recorded session after the event has ended.