Media Advisory:
August 5, 1999

Contact: Jonathan Adams, ARC, Tel: (646) 502-8843

A National Conference to Expose Racial Inequities and Advance School Excellence


Oakland, CA—Reading, Writing, and Race, a national conference to expose racism and advance school excellence, sponsored by the Applied Research Center (ARC), will be held Friday August 6 through Saturday August 7 at the University of California, Berkeley.

A briefing on ARC’s new report on California’s teaching crisis will be held during one of the conference’s two public sessions on Friday 11:00 AM. This report, The Avoidable Teaching Crisis, details how California’s teaching policies aggravate racial inequalities in public schools.

Public Sessions

I. Conference Opening

Problems and Solutions to Racism in Public Schools
Friday, 9:30 AM
Henry Der, California Department of Education
Herb Kohl, Educator, author
Beverly Cross, Rethinking Schools
Angela Castillo, High school student
Dan HoSang, People United for a Better Oakland

II. Report Briefing

Report on California’s Teaching Crisis
Friday, 11:00 AM
Terry Keleher, Libero Della Piana, and Manijeh Fata, who authored the new report, Creating Crisis: How California's Teaching Poliices Aggravate Racial Inequalities in Public Schools, will present their findings and recommendations.