May 07, 2015

White House Initiative on Education Excellence for African Americans Visits PSI Physics Classes in Trenton

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The national spotlight was on PSI Physics and the Trenton School District on May 6 when the National Education Association, New Jersey Education Association and the National Action Network brought the White House Initiative on Education Excellence for African Americans (WHIEEAA) to visit 9th grade physics classrooms in Trenton NJ and talk to students and educators.

Honored guests at the event included David Johns, executive director of WHIEEAA, Becky Pringle, National Education Association Vice-president and a member of President Obama’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans, Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman Representative for New Jersey’s 12th Congressional District, and the Rev. Al Sharpton, civil rights leader, founder and President of the National Action Network.

The purpose of the visit was to celebrate teachers, highlight best practices around STEM and student achievement, engage communities of color in a discussion about the importance and value of STEM courses for students, and address the importance of community involvement in helping to promote the academic success of children. Visitors observed classes and heard from teachers and students about their positive experiences studying PSI Physics.

CTL Executive Director Bob Goodman said, "The level of collaboration between the Trenton Public School District (TPSD) and the Trenton Education Association (TEA) has been inspiring. This shows what's possible when everyone in a district focuses on doing what's best for children. In this case, TEA President Naomi Johnson LaFleur and Dr. Kendra Johnson, TPSD’s Chief Academic Officer, have proven to be driving forces, supported by District Superintendent Francisco Duran. CTL proudly supports their efforts in creating a brighter future for the children in Trenton.”

Click here to read more about the visit: "Rev. Al Sharpton in Trenton: STEM Education is a Civil Rights Issue."

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