Dreaming in Ethnic Melodies: Black History Education Conference, February 21-22, 2020

Black History Education Conference: Dreaming in Ethnic Melodies

February 21-22, 2020, Overture Center, Madison Concourse Hotel, Wisconsin Historical Society & Edgewood College

The Dreaming In Ethnic Melodies: Black History Education Conference will have a strong emphasis on social & emotional learning, and universal literacy instruction under six African-American categories of children's literature. Sessions during the conference will focus on 9-cultural values that promote self-love and identity development, discuss how to utilize culturally relevant pedagogical approaches, highlight successful family engagement practices, share culturally relevant leadership strategies, demonstrate the importance of utilizing the arts to increase the possibilities for our collective behavioral and academic outcomes, and draw on student's personal experiences. The conference is intended to provide a venue where community members, practitioners, educators, and families from across the nation can engage with one another and learn how to successfully support black youth.

By popular demand, National Educational Consultant, Dr. Gloria Ladson-Billings, will for a second time be the featured keynote speaker. Dr. Billing’s keynote will focus on "Dreaming With Our Eyes Open: Cultivating Hope in Black Children."

A great deal of thought about the dreams and those who possess them has been given to bring forth solutions that will help us eliminate the stark gaps that exist across our country and the state of Wisconsin.

Pre-conference Opportunities

Friday, February 21, 2020

The Black History Education Conference offers three unique pre-conference opportunities, scheduled for Friday, 2-21, at the Wisconsin State Historical Museum, the Madison Concourse Hotel and the Overture Center for the Arts.

All conference participants can attend the Celebrate the History of African Americans, the Scraps of Africa event, and the 2-hour social gathering (before the Color Purple) free of charge, as the cost to attend is part of the conference registration fees.

Celebrate the History of African Americans, Wisconsin Historical Museum

Celebrate the History of African Americans presented by the Wisconsin Historical Society, in partnership with pre-conference events for the Black History Education Conference. On Friday, February, 21, from 10:00am-2:00pm, the Wisconsin Historical Museum will offer a variety of self-guided and presenter led presentations to highlight the history of African Americans.

From 12:00-1:00 pm, Society Reference Librarian, Lori Bessler, will present “Researching African American Family History” to provide guidance on researching family history with records that help to tell the stories of African American families. On display will be several African American quilts that help tell the stories of African Americans in Wisconsin. Folklorist, Janet Gilmore, will talk about the traditions of African American quilting in Wisconsin from 1:00-2:00PM. 

Guests can also explore the new exhibit, We Stand on their Shoulders: A History of Wisconsin Women & Voting. More information can be found on the Wisconsin Historical Society Black History Month webpage

The Wisconsin Historical Society Museum is located on the capital square, at 30 N. Carroll St., Madison, WI 53703. 

Scraps of Africa, Madison Concourse Hotel

Kyna Clemons, a master quilter, lecturer, activist, and educator will offer an engaging and interactive workshop using quilts, fiber arts, and textiles to teach the cultural and historical significance of quilting for people of African Descent. Her works draws on inspiration from the lives and quilt-making traditions of peoples across the diaspora.

During the Scraps of Africa Sip N' Quilt workshop, participants will discover the hidden secrets of their family quilting traditions, learn about the ancestor's use of quilts for economic and political liberation, and begin to understand how contemporary quilting is used to foster dialogue in social justice issues.

"The Ancestors speak through every piece of fabric. Every pattern. Ever Design in a quilt. They speak of sacred traditions and pass on special messages.:


The Color Purple, Overture Center for the Arts

The first 40 people to register for the Black History Education Conference can receive tickets at a reduced price ($50.00) to the performance of the Color Purple at the Overture Center on Friday, February 21st. In partnership with the Overture Center, all conference participants can purchase a ticket for $120.00 for the Friday evening show by visiting the Overture Center website. All conference participants that attend the Color Purple are encouraged to wear the color purple while attending!

The Color Purple, a 2016 Tony Award® winner for Best Musical Revival! Hailed as “a direct hit to the heart” (The Hollywood Reporter), this joyous American classic has conquered Broadway in an all-new ““ravishingly re-conceived production that is a glory to behold” ( The New York Times). With a soul-raising, Grammy®-winning score of jazz, gospel, ragtime and blues, The Color Purple gives an exhilarating new spirit to this Pulitzer Prize-winning story. Don’t miss this stunning re-imagining of an epic story about a young woman’s journey to love and triumph in the American South. Experience the exhilarating power of this Tony-winning triumph that New York Magazine calls “one of the greatest revivals ever.”

Featured Conference Speakers

Saturday, February 22, 2020

The Black History Education Conference is scheduled for Saturday, 2-22, at Edgewood College.

Conference participants will engage in a day-long experience featuring keynotes, Dr. Gloria Ladson-Billings, Andreal Davis, Wayne Mecheal Muhammad, and Jerry Jordan.

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.

Dreaming in Ethnic Melodies: Andreal Davis

Hearing Voice & Harmony in African American Children's Literature

Andreal Davis is a wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, aunt, and Statewide Culturally Responsive Practices Coordinator for Wisconsin. She received a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education in 1986 and a Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction in 1995 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She also holds a certificate in Educational Administration from Edgewood College in Madison, Wisconsin. Convinced of the importance of family and community in a child's education, Davis has been instrumental in forming family-school-community relationships ever since she began teaching in 1986. She has served in various capacities in the public education arena including but not limited to an Elementary Educator, Title I Reading Instructor, Parent Involvement Coordinator, Instructional Resource Teacher for Cultural Relevance, Assistant Director of Equity and Family Involvement, and the first Director of African-American Student Achievement within the Madison Metropolitan School District. She was formerly the co-director, along with her husband Arlington Davis, of the African American Ethnic Academy, an academic and cultural enrichment program that convened on Saturday mornings. As a product of her time while serving as co-director at the African American Ethnic Academy, she was propelled by her own three sons and countless other under-served children across the country to research best practices and models around Culturally Responsive Practices that speak to the unique identities and world views of these children.

DIEM-Cover-FrontReflecting on her own educational experiences as a child, and those she has had as a classroom teacher and mother, she holds deeply in her heart the people, purposes and passions that have shaped her as the educational leader that she is today. Many of these experiences remain in her institutional memory and call her to create and share this work through publishing books, developing curriculum and consulting work across the nation. Included in her repertoire of tools is a professional development model called Cultural Practices that are Relevant (CPR) that supports and strengthens Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Teaching. Most recently she has published her first culturally responsive children’s book called, “Dreaming In Ethnic Melodies,” that shares the hopes and dreams she has held for her own three sons. She currently serves as Wisconsin's Culturally Responsive Practices Coordinator at the Wisconsin Response to Intervention Center.

As a result of this work, Andreal has received various awards. She was the recipient of the NBC 15 News Crystal Apple Award in 2000, UW-Madison Lois Gadd Nemec Distinguished Elementary Education Alumni Award in 2004, Order of the Eastern Star Mother Full of Grace in 2004, the Milken National Educator Award in 2004 and the YWCA woman of Distinction Award in 2013. Andreal Davis is the organizer of the Black History Education Conference and will share a performance of Dreaming in Ethnic Melodies.

Special Performance: Wayne Mechael Muhammad

Performance of "9"

Wayne Mechael Muhammad is an educator who has spent the last twenty years as a public charter school teacher and principal with various single-site charters, as well as two of the nation’s largest charter networks—KIPP and National Heritage Academies. Before becoming an administrator, Wayne spent 11 years as a Social Studies teacher, achieving the designation of “Master Level 5” teacher in the state of Tennessee. Mr. Muhammad has built a broad perspective on effective schools, school leadership, and classroom instructional practices, particularly culturally relevant practices. He conducts workshops and trainings on educational topics for various schools and colleges.

The Performance of "9" is Inspired by the the author's love of numbers and academic study. 9 is a powerful piece that delves into the unrealized relationships between the number nine and some of the most remarkable and common human events and universal phenomena. It cleverly weaves through math, science, social studies, religion, and etymology to uncover hidden meanings and paints a picture of human connections that many have never thought about.

Featured Artist: Jerry Jordan

Gallery Exhibition "Possibilities"

Jerry Jordan is part of a growing movement of painters that are reinterpreting classical painting into what they call contemporary realism. He counts such painters as Anders Zorn, William M. Chase and Joaquin Sorolla as major influences in his artistic growth. However it was the artist of the Harlem Renaissance that fueled his desire to pursue painting.

My submissions are a rejection of the collective illusion. They reject the ancient belief that tells us that it is normal, and for some only proper to live, our lives bowed and filled with fear. They are a rejection of an illusion that encourages hatred and cruelty in a never ending struggle for the few left over scraps tossed from the table of our so called “betters”.

My paintings are a manifestation of ideas and impressions taken from the beauty of the everyday world.

Sculpted in light and shadow they are a celebration of life. They are a celebration of the “woke” and the rest of us that are striving to become woke.

Jerry Jordan is a Recruiter at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater with a BA in Fine Art and his MS in Curriculum and Instruction with emphasis in Art Education. His work has been featured on the cover of Madison publication, UMOJA Magazine, and has been featured at the Overture Center for the Arts, School of Education Gallery at UW-Madison, and the Commonwealth Gallery among others.

Conference Agenda

Day 1 Friday, February 21, 2020, Madison, Wisconsin

10:00a-2:00p, Celebrate the History of African Americans, Wisconsin State Historical Museum

2:00p-4:00p, Scraps of Africa Sip & Quilt, Madison Concourse

5:30p-7:30p, Community Reception & Cocktail Hour, Overture Center

8:00p-10:30p, The Color Purple, by Alice Walker, Overture Center

Day 2 Saturday, February 22, 2020, Edgewood College

7:00a-8:10a, Breakfast & Morning Your Way Sessions

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

10:00a-10:15a, Break

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

11:30a-11:45a, Break

11:45a-12:45p, Lunch & 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

Breakfast/Morning Sessions

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

The Early Bird Breakfast is from 7:00a-7:30a, followed by opportunities for:

  1. Morning Meditation- Meditation in chapel; 7:40a.m.-8:10a.m.
  2. Gallery talk with Jerry Jordarn- Experience a Gallery Talk featuring local Madison area African American artist, Jerry Jordan, showcasing issues of racial identity and community; 7:40a.m.-8:10a.m.
  3. Line Dance- 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- Learn 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?

Join us at 7:30a.m. and grab a boxed breakfast and choose a morning session where you can eat & learn, or spend time networking, shopping or in solitude.

The sessions below are from 7:40a-8:10a.

  1. Tribute to Author, Toni Morrison Author Toni Morrison shared a sentiment on Oprah years ago, “When my children used to walk in the room…I looked at them to see if they had buckled their trousers or if their hair was combed or if their socks were up. You think your affection and your deep love is on display because you’re caring for them. It’s not. When they see you, they see the critical face. Does your face light up when your child/student comes into the room? she asked. Because they notice. Everyone just wants to be appreciated and validated  Come share and learn how to “Let your face speak what’s in your heart.” 
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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. The conference vendors are open for business and ready to share the gifts they bring with you! It’s your time to shop till you drop!

Conference Sessions

Round 1 Sessions (10:15a-11:30a)

Title: Looking Back Using Data and Moving Ahead
Presenter: Milaney Leverson & Kent Smith
Location: Predolin 308
Session Description: Diversity. School climate. Positive behavior intervention and support. Response to Intervention. School to Prison Pipeline. These topics have been a part of public education in some way for the last several decades. While these topics are vital necessity, if done in isolation from each other lasting change is difficult. This session will examine a brief history of public instruction in the United States and present how we have arrived at a collective point. The presenters will then discuss how data can be used to identify places in education systems where students are being underserved and under supported and will discuss the role that implicit bias plays in maintaining those disparate outcomes. Lastly, the presenters will present some ideas regarding how to control for some of those implicit biases within the systems using data.

Title: Dreaming in Ethnic Melodies with Read Your Heart Out
Presenter: Michelle Belnavis
Location: Predolin 307
Session Description: The purpose and objective of “Read Your Heart Out”, is to grow professionally in the area of culturally responsiveness, specifically related to family engagement and culturally responsive literacy. Read Your Heart Out celebrates National African American Parent Involvement Day. Student outcomes measured will encompass active engagement and positive identity development. These measureable outcomes are evidenced in reduced classroom management concerns, reduction in office referrals and increased engagement. Increased parent and family participation also build positive school culture as students are validated and affirmed for their cultural beliefs, values, behaviors and language. This event is rationalized through the Wisconsin educator standards and components of a culturally responsive multi-level system of supports and Domains 2 and 3 of Educator Effectiveness. (Leadership, Family Engagement, Positive Culture, School Climate, Classroom Environment).
Title: Student Voice and Black and Latino Male Achievement in Milwaukee:“Don’t Plan for Me Without Me”
Presenter: Paul Moga
Location: Predolin 306
Session Description: This session aims to highlight the both the inherent nobility and incessant challenge of Black and Latino Male Achievement work in Milwaukee Public Schools. Participants will learn the brief history of this department, including its formation, mission, vision, priority strategy, and the continuous systemic attempts to dismantle it. Attendees will interact with three current BLMA high school students, who will share their thoughts about themselves, their families, schools, and communities, plus school discipline, media and public perception, and finally, their dreams. Participants will have a chance to reflect upon these young men’s stories, share their insights, and offer sage feedback for them and for BLMA’s future. This will all be done through the lenses of student voice, cultural dignity, and critical consciousness.
Title: Black Girl Magic: Fostering Relationships and Promoting Excellence Through Asset Based Groups
Presenter: Rosa Thompson
Location: Predolin 115A
Session Description: Participants will have the opportunity to learn about how the Natural Circles of Support approach was utilized at Hawthorne Elementary School, including how to build supportive relationships with the students and how to use the assets the students bring to the group, learn about the impact on the group participants, and how to begin your own group.
Title: Surviving isn’t Thriving Navigating and Addressing the Challenges of Leading While Black
Presenter: Krystal Hardy Allen
Location: Predolin- Anderson Auditorium
Session Description: This session touches matters that are in high demand for leaders everywhere! During this time together, session participants will: a) identify the unconscious and institutional manifestations of white supremacy and neoliberal education reform within your school or network setting - regardless of whether you're in a predominantly Black , white, Latino, etc. school setting) and b) navigate strategies and considerations for building and maintaining your mental, emotional, and physical health - as well as success and longevity - in the work we champion daily.
Title: Circles of Change, Moving from Dialogue to Action in Your Community
Presenter: Audrey Robinson
Location: Predolin 112
Session Description: This session will describe “Circles of Change” dialogue groups held in Eau Claire and discuss how other communities might replicate this effort. The 60-minute session will include an overview, challenges, facilitator training, participant and facilitator evaluations, action team outcomes and one participant’s story. Ample time will be given for attendee questions.This session will encourage attendees to contemplate holding Circles of Change dialogue within their community, city, or organization and inspire attendees to create action team ideas.
Circles of Change is unique in that there is a call to action.
Title: Social Media - Helping Learners “Catch On” instead of getting “Caught Up”
Presenter: Gabriel Parker
Location: Predolin 115B
Session Description: Throughout this workshop attendees will learn how to utilize social media as an academic tool to engage learners in the classroom and beyond. We will dissect and discuss the social media landscape, while breaking down best practices and approaches to optimizing social media channels for professional and academic use. This workshop is best suited for educational professionals, learners, and academic professionals. This workshop was originally created to address the tumultuous social media landscape and presented at Mayor Muriel Bowser’s Learn24 Conference in Washington D.C.
Round 2 Sessions (1:00-2:15p)
Title: Altered: The Journey of a LIT (eracy) Dad and the Radicalization of Education
Presenter: Armani Davis
Location: Predolin 112
Session Description: This session will explore the ways in which traditional methods of classroom learning could evolve as reliance on technology increases. This session focuses on how those changes to technology could effect cultural pedagogical approaches in education. Armani uses his experience as a father as a case study showing how technology can be used to foster excitement, engagement and learning. This presentation outlines ideas to help educators utilize new resources to individualized learning in classroom settings so that children have the best shot at success. Join Armani as we explore the intersection of culture, innovation and technology.
Title: Building a Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Library Collection
Presenter: Pamela Hoadley
Location: Predolin 307
Session Description: Building a culturally and linguistically responsive library collection validates and affirms all learners and is the first step to building and bridging towards academic achievement. Children who find texts in which they see their cultural and linguistic selves will foster increased engagement in literacy and will spur a lifelong love of reading. Every student should be able find a text that reflects who they are culturally and linguistically - authentically.
This session will focus on the books. All books displayed are from the Hawthorne Elementary School library collection. You will have time to examine the books and will have many resources provided in the presentation where you will find lists of culturally and linguistically responsive materials.
Title: Epigenetics and the Education of Black Folk: Looking to the past to Gain Insight into the Future
Presenter: Eli Davis
Location: Predolin 115B
Session Description: In this session, we consider the role of epigenetics as a tool for analyzing racial disproportionalities, “underachievement”, and stigmatization of intellectual inferiority in the field of education. Grappling with intersections among epigenetics, intergenerational trauma, and education, we explore ideas for creating an emergent and healing pedagogy in the fight for the souls of Black students.
Title: Joys of the Womb
Presenter: Pamela Soward
Location: Predolin 122
Session Description: The title of my project is “Joys from the Womb”. This title came as a result of many discussions on intergenerational trauma, current and ongoing trauma in the African descent community today. There is a strong connection between external stress with internal mortality. The purpose of this presentation is to offer how important it is for the African descent community needs to be informed of the risk factors and how an alternative encouraging lifestyle and environment is for in-utero development. According to the World Health Organization risk factors such as racism are modifiable. We must work together to affect change.
Title: African American Male and Female Initiative: A Strategy for Equity
Presenter: Dr. Monica Kelsey Brown & Randee Drew
Location: Predolin 115A
Session Description: The Closing the Achievement Gap Consortium (CAGC)-a cooperative partnerships of 40 private, public, choice, voucher and parochial school districts-developed the African American Male and Female Initiative as an effective strategy to close the achievement AP in their districts and schools. Learn how both programs can be used as a tool to pursue equity as a measurable and achievable goal in a district’s quest to provide access to opportunities while closing achievement gaps.
Title: BLM: Black Language Matters in School
Presenter: Dr. Teaira McMurtry
Location: Predolin 306
Session Description: This interactive session aims to unearth and reveal unexplored root causes of the manufactured “gap” in academic achievement, which results in the enduring educational malpractice of African American students. Centering African American language and literacy practices, this session will discuss and provide ways to disrupt classroom practices that rest on dehumanizing beliefs (i.e.,
dominant language ideologies rooted in language-based racism or "linguicism") and un/intentional communication barriers between teachers and students. The presenter will present foundational as well as advanced approaches that serve African American children well. This session is grounded in reflexive practices; that is, giving participants multiple opportunities to practice introspection and reflection through varied modalities.
Title:The new documentary High Hopes for Higher Education: Honoring Black Students’ Aspirations
Presenters: Kyle Fagan & Jameela Conway-Turner
Location: Predolin 308
Session Description: In this session, Jameela Conway-Turner and Kyle Fagan, co-leads of the Midwest Achievement Gap Research Alliance, will screen and discuss a new documentary on supporting Black students’ success. The new documentary High Hopes for Higher Education: Honoring Black Students’ Aspirations, explores promising practices that educators can use to support Black students on their journey to postsecondary education, including embracing culturally responsive education, communicating high expectations, and developing strong student-teacher relationships.
Round 3 Sessions (2:30-3:45p)
Title: Do Your Eyes Light Up When You See Me? Reflections on and Applications of 9 Cultural Themes
Presenters: Kimberlee Carruthers & Kira Fobbs
Location: Predolin 112
Session Description: In this session, participants will reflect on Cultural Themes from the beautiful words of Toni Morrison and the work of scholar, Wade Nobles. Identifying cultural themes and developmentally appropriate ideas for selecting text and engaging students provides the opportunity to validate and affirm, build and bridge (Center for Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Teaching and Learning). Participants will have an opportunity to explore texts, discuss themes and engage in planning of culturally responsive lessons.
Title: ”The I’s Have It: Nine Keys to Effective School Leadership”
Presenter: Wayne Muhammad
Location: Predolin 115B
Session Description: In this session 9 areas will be covered (all that begin with the letter 'I") that teachers and leaders must be proficient and skilled in to be transformative and transactional leaders in their buildings. The session provides practical wisdom and strategies that administrative and teacher-leaders can employ in their buildings from their particular roles to effect positive change. These areas align with and are connected to 9 cultural competencies.
Title: The Extra Mile Club of Low Country
Presenter: Gaynelle Dantzler
Location: Predolin 118
Session Description: The presenter will share how the Extra Mile Club of the Lowcountry(EMC), a non-profit organization in Beaufort, SC, is taking a holistic approach to mentoring in order to nurture a community of productive citizens and provide the love, attention and support they need in hopes that one day they will pay it forward. She will share how the EMC’s efforts have reduced juvenile delinquency and serious juvenile violence for youth in the EMC, especially when coordinated with broader community-wide efforts.
Title: Our Journey from Model to Practices
Presenters: Christina Thuli & Kyle Peaden
Location: Predolin 308
Session Description: All students should have hopes and dreams and our teachers are an important piece in fostering those aspirations. This is as true in our jails, detention centers, and prisons as any other classroom in the nation yet the obstacles can be daunting. In this session, we will explore Wisconsin’s Model to Inform Culturally Responsive Practices and our journey to make the Model actionable for educators in jails, detention centers, and prisons. We will finish with an opportunity to network, share ideas, and build action steps for all of us to move forward.
Title: Be Street, Be Smart, Be You
Presenter:Kempton Freeman
Location: Predolin 306
Session Description: We go into life not knowing the outcome, the hardships, the understandings, and the overcoming. We just try to navigate in the space we are a part of, but sometimes that space is not the best and how to respond and react is a discussion we as people fail at times to do. This session will take you through a professional ride of that transition with the hope that at the end of that ride the audience can park and just breathe and continue on the road of life.
Title: Destined for Greatness: Why Every Child and Every School Needs a Greatness Coach
Presenter: Mizzier Campbell
Location: Predolin 307
Session Description: In this session, I will share with you my journey of how I shifted from the role of playground assistant to Crisis Response Team (in a world of people who did not look like me) to my current and most rewarding position as The Greatness Coach. You will learn exactly what a Greatness Coach is, what they do/ their role and why they play such an important part in our schools.
Title: I Am A Man
Presenters: Rafeeq Asad, Percy Brown Jr., Everett Mitchell
Location: Predolin 115A
Session Description: This session will explore the ways in which black men have sought to redefine black manhood in order to move away from the stereotypes that often define and limit black masculinity. "Within the cultural framework of America, the systemic structure is characterized by White male patriarchy that allows for Black males to have the ability to negotiate the way in which they have been socialized and institutionalized to think, act, and behave because they are men. However, the reality of race and the lack of diversity in the purest sense, impedes upon this effort and cripples the black male's ability to truly transition into manhood. He is left to constantly struggle and fight for an identity, power, respect, and for understanding of who he is versus what he is projected as." In order to achieve this switch, this session will explain core areas of redefinition: Increasing emotional availability, black fatherhood and intentional acts of service.

9 Cultural Precepts

1. Spirituality- pervades the traditional African and African American ethos. It is the belief that all elements of the universe are of one substance.

2. Resilience- the conscious need to bounce back from disappointment and have the tools of humor and joy to renew life's energy.

3. Humanism- describes the African view that the whole world is vitalistic and that this vitality is grounded in a sense of goodness.

4. Communalism- denotes awareness of the interdependence of people. One is in accordance with the notion that the duty to one's family and social group is more important than individual rights and privileges.

5. Orality & Verbal Expressiveness- refers to the special importance to things that are passed on by word of mouth and the cultivation of oral virtuosity. There is a special sensitivity to aural modes of communication and reliance on oral expression to carry meanings and feelings.

6. Personal Style & Uniqueness- the cultivation of a unique or distinct personality or essence and putting one's own brand on an activity. It implies approaching life as an artistic endeavor.

7. Realness- refers to the need to face life the way it is without pretense. It is contempt for artificial and falseness in the human conduct, an aversion to form standardization, frankness of manner and casualness in social transactions.

8. Emotional Vitality- expresses a sense of aliveness, animation and openness to language, oral literature, song, dance, body language, folk poetry and expression.

9. Musicality & Rhythm- the connectedness of movement, music, percussiveness and rhythm, personified through the musical beat. Rhythm, the fundamental principle in human behavior, reigns as the basic ingredient of African American expressiveness.

Conference Vendors

Thank you for your interest in participating in the Black History Education Conference as a vendor. To finalize your vendor registration, please contact Andreal Davis, andrealdeettedavis3@gmail.com

Vendor Essential Information Below:

Day-1, Friday, 21 February 2020

Location: Madison Concourse; 1 W Dayton St, Madison, WI 53703

Set-up: 12:00-12:30pm; Tear down: 3:00-4:00pm

Day-2, Saturday, 22 February 2020

Location: Edgewood College; 1000 Edgewood College Drive, Madison, WI 53711

Set-up: 6:00-6:30am; Tear down: 5:30-6pm

Retail Therapy: The following times have been designated for vendor opportunities:

Friday, 21, February 2020 12:00pm-4:00pm

Saturday, 16 February 7:10-8:10am, 12:15-pm-5:30pm

ALL Vendors need to check-in at the vendor registration table prior to moving into your space. You will receive your space assignment and Vendor badges at check-in. Check-in will be at the registration area at the locations listed above respectively. 

In setting up your display(s), please do not block the view of neighboring booths.

Tables: Vendors will be provided a 2 x 6 rectangular table. You will be responsible for all other equipment and materials. No outlets are available for media.

Vendor Badges set you apart from the other attendees. The badges will identify you as a Vendor and will exhibit your company name as listed on the Vendor Registration Form. Please wear your badge at all times during the conference.

Food is not included as part of your vendor fee. 

Attending Conference Sessions: The Black History Education Conference registration fee is not included in your vendor fees. If you would like to be a vendor and attend some of the sessions for an additional cost, please let us know.

Security: There is no security provided so you will be responsible for your belongings during the conference and must breakdown your displays by the time(s) annotated above.

Cancellation/Refunds: The vendor fee and food costs are non-refundable. 

*Exception: In the unlikely event the conference is cancelled (weather emergency) all fees/cost paid in advance will be refunded via to the individual listed on the payment check.  Refunds will be processed by check.

Continuing Education Units & Academic Credit

The Black History Education Conference and Edgewood College are partnering to allow conference attendees to earn one graduate credit and/or a Continuing Education Unit (CEU).

Academic Credit: Conference attendees can earn one graduate-level academic credit for attending at least 7 hours of the educational sessions at the conference. Tuition for the credit is $190. 

CEUs: Conference attendees can earn one (1.0) CEU for attending at least 10 hours of educational sessions at the conference. There is no cost to enroll for the CEU. 

Ken Syke, Professional Development Outreach Coordinator at Edgewood College, is available to answer any preliminary questions. Ken can be reached at KSyke@edgewood.edu. Additional information on how to enroll for CEUs/Academic Credit will be sent to conference participants in 2020.


Travel & Lodging

Conference location(s):

Day 1- Friday, February 21, 2020, Overture Center: 201 State Street, Madison, WI 53703

Day 2- Saturday, February 22, 2020, Edgewood College Predolin Hall: 1000 Edgewood College Drive, Madison, WI. 53711

Hotel options:

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

Rate: $164.00 Premier Level 2 Single or Double Occupancy
Discounted rate is good through January 26, 2020, use
group reference code- Black History Education Conference
Reservations: 1-800-356-8293

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.