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Jackson gives keynote at Wisconsin Association of School Boards’ Summer Institute

September 04, 2015

UW-Madison’s Jerlando F. L. Jackson gave the keynote address at the Wisconsin Association of School Boards’ (WASB) Summer Institute.

Jackson’s talk was titled, “State of Affairs for Black Males in Education: How Data Shapes the Narrative.” The talk presented information to school board members and administrators from across the state of Wisconsin seeking information and best practices to this challenging issue that persists in education today.

Jerlando F.L. Jackson
Jackson is UW-Madison's Vilas Distinguished Professor of Higher Education and is the director and chief research scientist of Wisconsin’s Equity and Inclusion Laboratory (Wei LAB), which is housed in the Wisconsin Center for Education Research (WCER). He is a faculty member with the School of Education’s Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis.

Jackson returned from the event hopeful and energized about how his research can continue to make a significant difference in educational policy around the state.

"It was clear from the engagement of the audience and questions posed that these school board members were planning to take back data points from my talk to think seriously about the experiences of African American males and other men of color in their school district,” Jackson said. “It is in spaces like these that open critical dialogue, grounded in evidence-based research, that can make a difference."

The Summer Leadership Institute was held in Green Lake, Wisconsin, on July 18.