SJC Professor Serves as Guest Panelist at Conference

February 10, 2010

BROOKLYN, N.Y. FEBRUARY 11, 2010 Shawn L. Robertson, Ed.D., assistant professor in the Department of Child Study at St. Josephs College, served as a guest panelist during the 2009-10 Closing the Achievement Gap Series which included the program, "Embracing Adolescent Boys of Color: Raising Expectations and took place at St. Francis College on December 7, 2009.

The Closing the Achievement Gap Series is a year-long program sponsored by the New York City Department of Education Division of Teaching & Learning. The series focuses on children in the middle schools as part of the NYCDOEs Campaign for Middle School Success. Prior to the panel discussion, Ronald E. Walker, executive director of The Coalition of Schools Educating Boys of Color, discussed the reasons for setting high expectations for African American male students.

Shawn L. Robertson, Ed.D. is a former principal, assistant principal and teacher of middle school grades in New York City. He currently teaches education at St. Josephs College and is an academic consultant for Closing the Achievement Gap, literacy, English, technology and pedagogy. Robertson earned his B.A. in English from S.U.N.Y. Cortland, his M.A. in English education from Queens College, another M.A. in education from Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts and his Ed.D. in educational leadership and administration from St. Johns University.