Over the past eight years, the W. E. B. Du Bois Society has been focused on driving increased academic performance among African-American students in Atlanta through programs operating in and out of school. We are driven by the belief that recognizing and celebrating students for academic achievement, improvement and effort results in improved outcomes in the classroom.
We are proud of what we have accomplished:
Despite these accomplishments, we regret to tell you that we will not be able to continue our work. Unfortunately, we have not been able to secure the funding required to innovate and bring our programs to scale. Given the plain truth that we do not have the human and financial resources to effectively support our programs, we decided to terminate them at the end of last school year.
Etienne LeGrand, our President, will continue to work on and write about the intersection of culture and education, with emphasis on the necessity of intentionally using culture to create the conditions in families, schools, and communities that will inspire more black kids to pursue academics with the same vigor as athletics. You may contact Etienne directly at firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire about her current and future projects.
We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for the support you've provided over the years. We're convinced that our work is an essential component of the education reform dialogue and determined to move forward with these and other ideas.