Black History Conference

Black History Education Conference: Bringing the Gifts that My Ancestors Gave

February 15-16, 2019

The Bringing the Gifts that My Ancestors Gave: Black History Education Conference is intended to provide a venue where community members, practitioners, educators, and families from across the state will be able to share policies, practices and procedures that have proven effective in promoting high levels of achievement for those often underserved in our school systems. Through a variety of workshop sessions, national consultants, performances, videos, resources, networking opportunities and much more, participants will be immersed in professional development that strengthens their skills by sharing around innovative instructional and learning strategies that have proven successful in motivating African American youth and enhancing their minds, bodies and spirits.

This conference will focus on 22 evidence-supported interventions associated with Black students' educational outcomes found from systematic review of research conducted by The Midwest Achievement Gap Research Alliance, along with the conference organizer and other partners including researchers, policymakers and practitioners who share an interest in improving educational outcomes for Black students. A second focus of the conference is on a professional development model called Cultural Practices that are Relevant (CPR): 7 Experiences utilizing book studies, articles, guest speakers, conferences/workshops, community site visits, school visits and finally, coaching and modeling, to assist educators in breathing new life into their instructional practices and "filling" their hearts and minds with background knowledge about the cultures of the students and families they serve.


Keynote: Dr. Gloria Ladson-Billings

Mother of the Culturally Responsive Teaching Movement

Gloria Ladson-Billings is Professor Emerita and former Kellner Family Distinguished Professor in Urban Education. She was the 2005-2006 president of the American Educational Research Association. She is currently the President-Elect of the National Academy of Education. Ladson-Billings’ research examines the pedagogical practices of teachers who are successful with African American students. She also investigates Critical Race Theory applications to education.

Dr. Ladson-Billings is the author of the critically acclaimed books, The Dreamkeepers: Successful Teachers of African American Children, Crossing over to Canaan: The Journey of New Teachers in Diverse Classrooms, and Beyond the Big House: African American Educators on Teacher Education. She is editor of 6 other books and author of more than 100 journal articles and book chapters. She is the former editor of the American Educational Research Journal and a member of several editorial boards. 

Her work has won numerous scholarly awards including the H.I. Romnes Faculty Fellowship, the NAEd/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowship, and the Palmer O. Johnson outstanding research award. During the 2003-2004 academic year, she was a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University. In fall of 2004, she received the George and Louise Spindler Award from the Council on Anthropology and Education for significant and ongoing contributions to the field of educational anthropology. She holds honorary degrees from Umeå University (Umeå Sweden), University of Massachusetts-Lowell, the University of Alicante (Alicante, Spain), the Erickson Institute (Chicago), and Morgan State University (Baltimore).  She is a 2018 recipient of the AERA Distinguished Research Award, and she was elected to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences in 2018.


Special Guest: Dr. Mahalia Hines

Mother of the Grammy & Academy Award Winning Artist, "Common"

Dr. Mahalia Hines was appointed to the Chicago Board of Education in May of 2011 by Mayor Rahm Emanuel. She is currently the President of the COMMON Ground Foundation and a former Member of the Board of Directors for the Obama Foundation.

Dr. Hines has worked in the educational field for more than 35 years as a teacher and principal. During her 15 year tenure as a principal, she serviced grade levels from elementary through high school in the Chicago area. Dr. Hines has worked as a coach for first-year principals, a mentor for current principals and prospective principals in Chicago and other parts of the country. Dr. Hines continues to work with school leaders of public and charter schools in urban areas throughout the country in order to develop effective school leaders who will guide others to provide the best possible education for the children least likely to receive it. In addition to working with schools and school leaders, she travels the country speaking to single mothers on raising successful sons. 

Dr. Hines received her doctorate from the University of Illinois, Masters from Northeastern University and bachelor's degree from Central State University.

One of her proudest accomplishments is being the mother of recording artist and actor, Lonnie "Rashid" Lynn-- better known to the public as Common.

Conference Agenda

Day 1 Friday, February 15, 2019, Madison Concourse Hotel

1:00p-4:30p, Early Registration, pre-conference, vendors, & sponsor recognition

5:00p-8:00p, Welcome Reception


Day 2 Saturday, February 16, 2019, Edgewood College

7:00a-8:10a, Morning Your Way

8:30a-10:00a, Welcome & Opening Remarks

10:00a-10:15a, Break

10:15a-11:30a, Conference Sessions #1

11:30a-11:45a, Break

11:45a-12:45p, Lunch & REL MIDWEST 22 Interventions Presentation

1:00p-2:15p, Conference Sessions #2

2:15p-2:30p, Break

2:30p-3:45p, Conference Sessions #3

3:45p-4:00p, Break

4:00p-4:45p, Closing Ceremony

4:45p-5:30p, Vendors, Sponsors, Art Gallery, Networking

Morning Your Way

Are you an Early Bird Riser? Would you like to get your “Morning YOUR WAY” routine started before the morning rush? Here are four early bird options:

  1. Morning Meditation- Eat at 7:00a.m.-7:30a.m. Meditation in chapel at 7:40a.m.-8:10a.m.
  2. Art Gallery- Eat at 7:00a.m.-7:30a.m.  Take a short walk to experience the art exhibit highlighting noted African American artists Leslie Barlow (Minneapolis) and Reginald Baylor (Milwaukee) explore issues of racial identity and community in their very different art practices in the STREAM 7:40a.m.-8:10a.m.
  3. Line Dance- Eat at 7:00a.m.-7:30a.m.  Let the beat speak through your feet. Twist your body, slide to the right and then to the left. Wake up your mind, body and spirit through dancing that brings a cultural connection that traces its roots throughout the African diaspora 7:40a.m.-8:10a.m.
  4. Yoga- Eat at 7:00a.m.-7:30a.m. Wake Up Everybody by learning yoga techniques that focus on diverse areas of fitness, stress relief, wellness, vitality, mental clarity, healing, peace of mind and spiritual growth 7:40a.m.-8:10a.m.

Wake Up Everybody!!!- Are you one who needs a little more time to get going in the morning? Start your day thirty minutes later than the early birds at 7:30 a.m. Grab a boxed breakfast and choose a morning session where you can eat and learn or spend some time socializing, shopping or in solitude from 7:40a.m.-8:10a.m.

  1. Maya Angelou and Carter G. Woodson Wake Up Session Who was Maya Angelou? Hear from Maya Angelou’s Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., sisters and learn why Bringing the Gifts My Ancestors Gave was chosen as the title of this conference. Who was Dr. Carter G. Woodson? Hear from his Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. brothers how he Launched Negro History Week in 1926, which evolved into Black History Month in 1976.
  2. Sunrise solitude or socializing? YOU CHOOSE!!! For those of you who like to pace yourself into the new day just sit back and relax and EASE into your morning over breakfast. Network with other “EASERS” or enjoy some morning alone time in the breakfast area. Feel free to stay there until the opening session begins at 8:30a.m.
  3. Retail Therapy After eating breakfast spend some time practicing the Kwanzaa principle of Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics) which means to build and maintain our own stores, shops, and other businesses and to profit from them together. Our vendors are open for business and ready to share the gifts they bring with you! It’s your time to shop till you drop!

Session Tracks

1. District Assistance and Intervention Teams

2. Hiring Certified Teachers

3. The Elementary School Success Profile Model of Assessment and Prevention

4  Good Behavior Game

5. Mentoring

6. Parental Involvement at Home and at School

7. Positive Action: Social-Emotional and Character Development Program

8. Student Success Skills

9. Development of Teacher-Student Relationships

10. Formative Assessment

11. Grade-Specific Instructional Focus in Math Kindergarten & Grade 4

12. High Expectations

13. Homework  

14. Instructional Reform Practice in Math

15. Time on Task in Math

16. Out of School Time Programs

17. Summer Reading Program with Free Books

18.  Participation in Urban Debate Leagues

19. Self-Affirmation

20. Cultural Practices that are Relevant (CPR)

Continuing Education Units & Academic Credit

Participants can earn 1.0 Continuing Education Units (CEU) for attending the conference and the cost of the CEUs are included with registration. Contact your profession’s sanctioning board or association to determine if continuing education units (CEUs) from this training are acceptable. When registering for the conference, please indicate interest in pursuing a CEU to ensure you receive instructions on how to obtain your CEU certificate.

Participants will also have the opportunity to earn one (1) graduate-level credit from Edgewood College for an additional $185 fee. Information will be available at the conference, or you can contact Ken Syke, Edgewood College Professional Development Coordinator, at

Registration Information

To register for the conference, please complete the registration form below.

Conference Rate: 2-day conference rate, $350.00 

Payment Options: To register for the conference, you must pay now with a credit card. At this time, day-of registration or pay by check is not allowed.

Cancellation & Refunds: To cancel your registration and process a refund, please email by Friday, February 1, 2019. Cancellations/refund requests before this date will be processed less a $100.00 service and processing fee. In the unlikely event the conference is cancelled, we will refund 100% of the registration fees paid. Refunds will be processed by check.

Travel & Lodging

Conference location(s):

Day 1- Friday, February 15, 2019, Madison Concourse Hotel: 1 West Dayton Street, Madison, Wisconsin 53713

Day 2- Edgewood College, Predolin Hall: 1000 Edgewood College Drive, Madison, WI. 53711

Hotel options:

Madison Councourse Hotel, 1 West Dayton Street, Madison, Wisconsin 53713,

Rate: $149.00 Single/Dbl. Occupancy
Discounted rate is good through January 16, 2019, use group reference code- Black History Education Conference
Reservations: 1-800-356-8293

Parking: Reduced parking rates for day attendees, $5.00 per spot in the hotel parking facility.

Check in at 3:00p.m, check out at 11:00a.m

Hotel Red, 1501 Monroe Street, Madison, Wisconsin 53711

Rate: King Executive: $129, Premier Studio Suite: $169

Discounted rate is good through December 31, 2018, use group reference code- Black History Education Conference
Reservations: 608 819-8228

Parking: Self valet parking in the hotels underground structure and shuttle service provided to local attractions. Parking is complimentary, most spaces are sheltered and are accessible on the Regent side of the building.