Think Tank Agenda

Think Tank Recordings


ISAAC is pleased to provide the recordings of the Public Policy Think Tank that was held on Saturday, April 28, 2012:  Research with Meaningful Instructional Implications.  We were able to conduct the Think Tank involving 35 Presenters and Attendees from across the country at virtually no cost using the Free Trial of Microsoft 365 Live Meeting.  This was a bold initiative to pioneer low cost ways of getting work done associated with our Mission, given the current economic realities.  Now that we have mastered the technology, this will open new doors for us in creating collaboration among our constituency.  We were not required to spend money on place, banners, name tags, meals, printing, programs, packets, transportation, lodging or honoraria.  And, we were able to preserve the presentations and make them available free to the public.

Understandably, we encountered some technological glitches in this, our first run.  Following the first two presentations by Dr. Lanette Waddell and Dr. V.P. Franklin, the recording feature malfunctioned.  The malfunction occurred when we were trying to connect presenters to the meeting who were having difficulty joining.  The following 4 hours of recordings were lost.  We were able to arrange for the re-recording of the presentations of Dr. Ernest Washington, Dr. Erika Taylor and Dr. Hakim Rashid.  Unfortunately, the viewer will not have the opportunity to enjoy the question and answer period by the Think Tank Attendees on those re-recordings.  However, there were two other "moderators" present in each instance so there was dialogue, discussion and interaction.

As indicated on the Think Tank Agenda, each presenter was asked to review the two documents posted below and respond to them from the perspective of their area of expertise.  The two documents are posted below so that the viewer can understand the seminal material being responded to.

In the Director's Corner column of African American Learners, journal of ISAAC, Janice E. Hale, Ph.D. will summarize the wisdom gleaned from the Think Tank overall.  This column will be posted, as well, in this place on the website in October 2012.  At that time, the ISAAC constituency will be apprised of "where we go from here."

Please celebrate with us that we are at this moment in time where we can have this communication vehicle at no cost.  It opens a whole new world of capacity to be able to collaborate and get our work done.  Thanks is extended to all who participated in the Think Tank.  We applaud and appreciate the time that was spent by each presenter in mastering the technology and the contribution they made of their time in making this event possible.


Think Tank documents for review:

George Johnson, III and Lanette Waddell,  (2011)   CORD Collaborative Research Committee Report,


Tape # 1

Dr. Lanette Waddell, Assistant Professor of the Practice, Peabody College of Education, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee
Topic:  Topics for individual research that could contribute to a collaborative research agenda

Dr. V.P. Franklin, Distinguished Professor and Presidential Chair, University of California, Riverside
Topic:  First Sight -- Historical and Cultural context; Racism and Oppression

For more information on the Reparations Superfund Movement that has been endorsed by the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) (publisher of the Journal of African American History (JAAH)), download the following documents.  The Winter-Spring Issue of JAAH has been devoted to the topic of African American Reparations.  Individual issues can be ordered for $25.00.  See the end of the Press Release below for ordering information.  ISAAC has endorsed the Reparations Superfund.

ASALH Press Release endorsing the Reparations Superfund   Click here

JAAH Special Issue on Reparations Table of Contents  Click here

Introduction to the Special Issue on Reparations by V.P. Franklin, Editor-In-Chief   Click here

Tape #2

Dr. Ernest D. Washington, Professor of Children, Families and Schools, Department of Teacher Education & Curriculum Studies, University of Massachusetts, Amhert
Topic:  Creation of the Science; Definitions; Third Sight -- Cultural Styles


Tape #3

Dr. Erika D. Taylor, Evaluation Specialist, Research and Evaluation Department, Prince Georges' County Public Schools, Upper Marlboro, Maryland
Topic:  Fourth Sight; Academic Performance Patterns; Data/Statistics


Tape # 4

Dr. Hakim M. Rashid, Associate Professor of Human Development and Psycho-educational Studies, Howard University, Washington, D.C.
Topic:  Fifth Sight; Educational Discrepancies; Educational Malpractice

Think Tank Evaluation Form click here.  Please download the Evaluation Form, complete and send to:  Your comments are critical for planning future collaborative events.



Think Tank Agenda


Creating a Cultural Prism for African American Children:

Research with Meaningful Instructional Implications

April 28, 2012
1:00 – 6:00 pm

Think Tank Announcement and Registration Information (pdf)

To download the .doc version of this agenda, click here.

Meeting called by:
Institute for the Study of the African American Child

Type of meeting:
Think Tank

Dr. James Young and Dr. Hakim Rashid

The meeting will be recorded by Microsoft Live Meeting 365 Office/Lync and will be posted on the ISAAC website at:

Open Registration; Voluntary request to secure ISAAC membership on website:

Please read:
Epilogue to the 3rd Edition of Black Children:  Their Roots, Culture and Learning Styles by Janice E. Hale, The Johns Hopkins University Press, forthcoming 2013.

Agenda Items



Time Allotted

Session One Moderator Statement of the Occasion Dr. James Young 5 Minutes
Welcome ISAAC Founding Director
Dr. Janice Hale
5 Minutes
Blueprint for research
Topics for individual research that could contribute to a collaborative research agenda
Dr. Lanette Waddell 15 Minutes
General Discussion   15 minutes

Creation of the Science

  • Definitions (p. 3 of Epilogue)
  • Instruments  (p. 13 of Epilogue)
    • To measure learning styles, cultural stylesand behavioral styles
    • To measure social class as it relates to school achievement  (p. 14 of Epilogue)
  • Ineffective Teacher Training  (p. 23 of Epilogue)
  • Ineffective In-service Training  (p. 27 of Epilogue)
Dr. Ernest Washington 20 minutes
General Discussion   15 minutes

Research needed to create meaningful instructional implications from cultural styles and research?

How do we create a bridge between educational scholars and practitioners for:

  • Model development
  • Analyzing and solving “stubborn pedagogical problems
    • Create a list of pedagogical problems  that concern school districts

Evaluation of examples in the Epilogue:

  • Diller  (1999)
  • Melear & Richardson (1994)
  • Rowser & Koontz  (1995)
  • Watkins (2002)
Dr. Robert Martin 15 minutes
General Discussion   15 Minutes
Break   15 Minutes
Session Two  Moderator Opening Statement Dr. Hakim Rashid 15 minutes
Cultural Prism (Panel Discussion )    

First Sight

Historical and Cultural Context,
Racism and Oppression
(p. 45 of Epilogue)

Dr. V.P. Franklin 20 minutes

Second Sight

To measure social class as it relates to school achievement
(p. 14 of Epilogue)
(p. 46 of Epilogue)

Dr. Dalton Conley 20 minutes

Third Sight

Cultural Styles
(p 48 of Epilogue)

Dr. Dominic Fazarro 20 minutes

Fourth Sight

Academic Performance Patterns
(p. 48 of Epilogue)

Dr. Erica Taylor 20 minutes

Fifth Sight

Educational Discrepancies
(p. 50 of Epilogue)

Dr. Jeff  Menzise 20 minutes
General Discussion   30 minutes
Next Steps Dr. James Young 15 minutes


Session One

1:00 – 3:00

3:00 – 3:15     Break

Session Two

3:15 – 5:55

Special notes:

The intent of ISAAC is to effect in the words of Asa Hilliard, “meaningful ” change in the educational fortunes of African American.  Our intent is to have an impact.  Too many organizations that purport to help Black children are collectors and be moaners of the statistics.  However, they have been in existence for decades and have not presented a meaningful solution as the statistics get worse and worse.  We intend to create some meaningful solutions by creating coalitions and harnessing the contributions of volunteers.  For example, much of the scholarship that is produced by African American scholars that focuses upon the achievement of African American students comes in the form of master’s theses and doctoral dissertations.

One of the goals of ISAAC is to create a collaborative research agenda – a blueprint, if you will.  This will provide graduate students with meaningful topics in line with our Mission to draw from when they matriculate in white universities and don’t have mentors to guide the selection of research topics.  Another goal related to collaboration is to identify mega research projects that scholars of this area of research can work on together in securing funding for large scale data collection.

Some significant projects have emerged from places such as Howard University which is a Mecca for African American scholars and graduate students.  The rest of us work in isolation in universities that feel that one scholar of African American education is sufficient.  Modern technology has opened the door through “go to meeting” technology, Skype and other media that enable us to meet, network and collaborate as if we were in the same place.  ISAAC is 100% virtual.  So, we can mitigate our lack of funding and proximity of space by utilizing the tools that are available to us through modern technology. ISAAC provides an opportunity for collaboration between scholars, practitioners and activists across university walls and geographical boundaries.

Nat Turner, Harriet Tubman and John Brown did not wait for the Emancipation Proclamation to make something happen.  Likewise, African American children cannot wait for foundation executives to embrace our Mission.  We have to create self-funded research institutions to move forward toward the educational liberation of African people of the world.

Objectives of the Think Tank:

  1. Creating a plan of work from the Report of the Collaborative Research Committee of CORD 2011
  2. Creation of a blueprint for educational research related to African American children
  3. Creating a collaboration between practitioners and scholars for the purpose of designing research that has meaningful instructional implications
  4. Creating a collaboration between practitioners and scholars for the purpose of model development
  5. Creation of a plan for creating culturally appropriate research instruments for data gathering
  6. Respond to the concept of the Cultural Prism
  7. Familiarize the ISAAC constituency with Go To Meeting Technology as a vehicle for future collaboration


Hale, Janice.  (2013).  Epilogue to the 3rd Edition of Black Children:  Their roots, culture and learning styles.  Baltimore:  The Johns Hopkins University Press.

Johnson, George and Waddell, Lanette.  (2011).  Report of the Collaborative Research Committee of ISAAC CORD meeting at Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, May.


Dr. Dalton Conley, Dean for the Social Sciences, New York University, New York City

Dr. Dominic Fazarro, Associate Professor of Industrial Technology and Industrial Management. University of Texas, Tyler

Dr. V.P. Franklin, Distinguished Professor and Presidential Chair, University of California, Riverside

Dr. Janice E. Hale, Professor of Early Childhood Education and Founding Director of the Institute for The Study of the African American Child, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan

Dr. Robert Martin, Associate Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction, West Bloomfield Public Schools, Michigan

Dr. Jeff Menzise, Research Associate, Urban Research Institute, Morgan State University, Baltimore, Maryland

Dr. Hakim Rashid, Associate Professor of Human Development and Psychoeducatonal Studies at Howard University, Washington, D.C.

Dr. Erika D. Taylor, Evaluation Specialist, Research and Evaluation Department, Prince Georges’ County Public Schools Upper Marlboro, Maryland

Dr. Lanette Waddell, Assistant Professor of the Practice, PeabodyCollege of Education, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee

Dr. Ernest Washington, Professor of Children, Families and Schools Department of Teacher Education & Curriculum Studies  University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Dr. James C. Young, Professor of Early Childhood Education, Clark College, Atlanta, Georgia