Data Strand: Understanding the landscape through empirical and experiential eyes is the first step in establishing a solutions-based stance in supporting African American students in the educational pipeline. This strand will arm conference participants with relevant and useful data needed to engage in the solutions development process.
Example Proposal: Success Rates of African American College Freshmen in Developmental Math, Suspension Rates of Boys of Color in Suburban School Districts
Curriculum, Instruction, and Student Support Strand: Teaching and learning is the cornerstone of the educational process. This strand will focus on how we can use the sound, but creative curricula to engage students’ strengths, and how we adjust our teaching practices to support success for all students.
Example Proposal: Using Comic Books as an Introduction to Literature, Tips for Engaging African American Boys in the Writing Process
Leadership and Policy Making Strand: One of the primary roles of leaders in the education and policy space is to create and support an environment where students can thrive. In this strand, participants will engage in dialogue and conversations about how institution leaders and how policy is developed, and what can be done in this space to help increase student success.
Example Proposal: Getting Buy-in for Governing Board for Equity Initiatives, Using the Budget Process to Support Systemic Change
Health and Well-Being Strand: A student being ready and prepared to learn takes more than just showing up to class. Physical health, mental health, nutrition, and safety all have major influences on the learning process. In this strand, you will find topics related to these challenges and other influences.
Example Proposal: The Importance of Introducing Mental Health Wellness to Middle School Students, Understanding Generation Trauma
Parent and Community Engagement and Involvement Strand: A consistent question in education circles is how to get parents and community members involved and engaged in the education process. In this strand, conference participants will learn tips, strategies, and techniques to navigate the educational landscape to support their most precious assets.
Example Proposal: Your Rights and Responsibilities During an IEP Meeting: What Five Questions Should I Ask at a Parent-Teacher Meeting?