David Johns, executive director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans, will give remarks at the annual Urban League Greater Dallas Young Professionals Leadership Development Conference on Saturday, Oct. 3, in Irving, Texas. During his keynote luncheon remarks, Johns will discuss the Initiative's role in helping to improve African-American student achievement by working across federal agencies and communities, as well as important factors that contribute to the overall academic success of black students. In addition, Johns will discuss strategies that support, motivate and empower students to be successful in college, careers and life. He also will highlight the Obama Administration's commitment to improving educational outcomes for all students. A question-and-answer session will follow.
Later in the afternoon, Johns will visit Barack Obama Male Leadership Academy, a public charter school in Dallas. He will visit with students, educators and members of the campus community to discuss best practices that have demonstrated success in accelerating learning and development opportunities for African Americans, as well as other boys and men of color. In addition, Johns will share lessons learned from the work of the Initiative to support the cognitive, social and emotional development of African-American students.