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2016 RESEARCH ROUNDTABLES

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2016 - 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Research Roundtable 1
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Presented by: Dr. Donyall Dickey, Chief School and Academic Officer, Atlanta Public Schools
Facilitator: Dr. Doreen Barrett, CEO of D.E. Barrett & Associates


Research Topic

"A Study of the Resilience of 8 African American Boys Who Never Gave Up on Themselves"

This empirical study was conducted to gain direct insight from resilient, African American boys who beat the odds and achieved academically despite being at significant risk for failure due to extended exposure to compounded social and educational disadvantages. The primary foci of this investigation were gender-specific challenges that African American boys encounter in school, how they overcame those challenges, and school-level enabling characteristics that contributed to their success. The findings represent actionable intelligence for promoting resilience and academic achievement among the nation's lowest performing student group and illustrate how they accomplished a feat that 85% of their peers did not, nationwide. The presenter will also provide teachable strategies to engage African American boys in our classrooms.


Presented by: Mr. Adam Smith, M.Ed., Assistant Professor of Mathematics, Tougaloo College

Research Topic

"Examining African-American Students' Experience in a Computer-Assisted Instructional Learning Environment and Its Effect on Their Mathematical Self-Efficacy Beliefs"

This research examines relationships between participation in an environment wherein the primary mode of learning is computer-assisted instruction (CAI) and levels of math self-efficacy (SE) for African American (AA) students. In this environment, known as the Emporium Model (EM), students are taught and assessed in an adaptive learning environment, where software tailors the instruction and assessment to individual learning needs. Through semi-structured interviews with AA students who have completed a developmental algebra course via the EM, the presenter will share the ascertained changes in levels of math SE beliefs, comparing experiences before and after the CAI experience. Come and hear the compelling research that focused on self-efficacy beliefs and other affective states and how they inform or predict future success in STEM.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2016 - 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Research Roundtable II
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Presented by: Dr. Ericka Williams Pike, Instructional Coach, Atlanta Public Schools
Facilitator: Dr. Lloyd Sain, Jr., Director, NABSE Charles D. Moody Institute


Research Topic

"School Leaders' Perception of Caribbean Students' English Language Needs"

This case study research invites us to examine the British West Indian Caribbean (BWIC) immigrant students who are considered to be English speaking students by U.S. public schools. While many of them speak other languages, these students experience hardships and have unique remediation needs that many schools are not providing. The presentation will present a case study, where sociocultural theory, acculturation theory, and leadership theory served as the conceptual framework of this study. These theories postulate that culture influences learning and second language acquisition are linked to adapting to a new culture, and that leadership is important to implementing system-wide changes. The presenter will share the qualitative data to include interviews with teachers and administrators who work closely with BWIC students, test results, and student enrollment forms. The presentation offers key findings and practical recommendations that educators and administrators will find relevant to the development, identification, and teaching of BWIC students.


Presented by: Dr. Shango Blake, Presenter & CEO of TRU SK Consultants, LLC

Research Topic

""Hip Hop School Culture and Transformational Leadership"

Based on a qualitative study, this presentation examines the effectiveness of the decision-making process, programmatic strategies, and the engagement of multiple stakeholders led by a transformational leader of an urban, low-performing middle school in Queens, NY. More specifically, the presentation will also introduce the use of hip-hop as a motivational tool to engage students and faculty as part of a whole school reform effort. Lastly, findings from the larger study will be shared with regard to the perceptions of the stakeholders (teachers, students, and parents) and how these perceptions impacted the school's improvement process.



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