“The Relevance of Black Studies to Closing the Achievement Gap in Education”
Dr. Benjamin Foster, Jr. EdD
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Dr. Benjamin Foster, Jr. is a Distinguished Practitioner of public school administration and human services management. He currently serves as Chairman, Education Committee, Connecticut State Conference NAACP Branches.
Dr. Foster has served as an administrator of several comprehensive and technical high schools and District Office programs, including the Consolidated School District of New Britain where he served as coordinator for Adult Literacy and Social Studies and Director of Funded Programs, Community School District #5 in Harlem ,New York.
While serving as Director of E.C. Goodwin Technical School, Foster spearheaded the General Assembly’s appropriation of $56 million to renovate and retrofit the facility.
In addition, he served as Principal Planning Analyst for Human Services, Connecticut State Office of Policy and Management; Employment Compliance Supervisor, City of Hartford, and Assistant Chief, Staff development, Connecticut Department of Social Services.
He served as a Lecturer at several colleges. Dr. Foster is the author of Looking for Payoff: A New Schooling for African American Inner-City Youth, in which he explored the dropout problem. He has published several articles on the social condition of African Americans including the highly cited “The Case for Vouchers” which appeared in the Black Scholar.
He holds four academic degrees including an Ed.D. and CAGS in Education Administration and Human Services Management from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst; MAT in History from Wesleyan University, Middletown, Connecticut and BA in Sociology from Trinity College, Hartford, Connecticut.
He earned a Certificate of Education Public Policy, George Washington University; Certificate of Higher Education Leadership, Hampton University; and Certificate for Human Services Administrators, Yale University School of Organization and Management.
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Walton Brown Foster, Ph.D.
Department of Political Science,
African American Studies and International Studies