On October 28, 2014, The Heinz Endowments sponsored a one-day summit for educators entitled “Are Academics Enough?” The University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work and the Center on Race and Social Problems hosted the summit, which had close to one-hundred attendees. The summit consisted of a keynote speaker and a panel with guests from the research community, Pittsburgh Public Schools superintendents, and community leaders.
Presenters discussed the challenges faced by black youth in the educational system, and the types of non-academic skills that are necessary for them to learn so they can succeed in the classroom and in society at large. Large and small group discussions between the panel and summit attendees focused on three main areas: the topics that need to be addressed by educators and policy makers, strategies that have worked, and changes to be implemented.
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