Oakland Schools

Literacy Practices for African-American Males

The education of African American students has been the subject of research and investigation for more than 50 years. Current research has exposed the educational inequalities and dilemmas that continue to effect African American students in today’s society; particularly, African American males. This five-part series will focus on the social constructs that affect the achievement and literacy development of African American males.

A sample group of participants from this series will be asked to volunteer to participate in a research study conducted by Aaron Johnson as the study for his doctoral dissertation, focused on African American male literacy. The sample group will be asked to be recorded during the workshop sessions, complete two surveys, participate in a focus group interview, submit writing samples, and partake in a discussion board. Again, participation in this study is voluntary, and you may still register for this workshop series if you choose not to participate in the dissertation study.

During this interactive professional learning experience participants will...

  • Examine the current educational status of African American males in this country (re: academic achievement, graduation rates, susspensions/expulsions, tracking, etc.)

  • Identify factors that contribute to the achievement gap between African American males and other students

  • Engage in reflective discourse with peers about their own attitudes, beliefs, and perceptions related to educating African American male students

  • Explore ways to motivate and engage African American males in the learning process for the purpose of raising their academic achievement

  • Use the book club model of literacy instruction as a means for improving educational opportunities and outcomes for African American male students

Literacy Practices for African-American Males

Tuesday, Oct. 21st, 8:30am

2111 Pontiac Lake Rd

Waterford Township, MI

Oakland Schools ISD


Future Dates TBD


2111 Pontiac Lake Road

Waterford Township, MI


This workshop is a 5 half day event;

Future Dates TBD

8:30 - 11:30 AM

8:00 - 8:30 AM - Check in

8:30 - 11:30 AM - Workshop


K-12 Educators

(teachers, counselors, support staff, administrators)


$35 (includes book, materials and lunch)

SCECH’s pending: $10.00 Payable the last day of the event (cash or check)

Register Online:


Registration Questions:

Contact Event Management at

248.209.2500 or 888.263.3867


Aaron M. Johnson

Doctoral Candidate at Wayne State University