Merrillville High, Salk honored by education group
By Carole Carlson email@example.com April 25, 2013 3:08PM
Who they are
Based in Boston, the Coalition of Schools Educating Boys of Color is a national network of schools and educators, researchers, policy-makers and advocates focused on sharing and promoting promising approaches and initiatives that improve education at schools with significant populations of young men of color.
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Updated: April 25, 2013 8:21PM
Two Merrillville schools — Salk Elementary and Merrillville High — are among five schools nationwide being recognized for their academic success in educating male students of color.
The Coalition of Schools Educating Boys of Color will present the schools with an award on Saturday during its “Gathering of Leaders” conference in Chicago.
In addition, the schools will receive a $10,000 grant supported by the Campaign for Black Male Achievement, Open Society Foundations.
The schools were selected based on a rigorous, three-stage selection process. They were deemed successful in engaging and educating male students of color based on traditional measures of success such as test scores, graduation rates, and college attendance.
Ron Walker, the organization’s executive director, said it will work with Merrillville High and Salk to learn how to replicate their practices at schools across the country.
Students and teachers from both schools are at the conference showcasing their formula for success and achievement.
Merrillville Superintendent Tony Lux said state standardized test scores among boys of color at both schools surpassed the average statewide score.
“Teachers, administrators and support staff provide unrelenting effort to provide all students, regardless of personal challenge, with the support to meet high expectations for academic success...” Lux said in a statement.
As Merrillville’s student body became more diverse in the past decade, school officials embraced the change, calling it the “Merrillville advantage.”