Dr. Joyce Watts
Dr. Joyce Watts' Bio.
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Equity and Empowerment in Education: Moving Black Excellence from the Margins to the Center
If ever there were a time when a Village needed to rally around Black youth, we are that Village and now is that time! The pandemic has taken a heavy toll on the wellbeing of our young people and families – physical, emotional, mental – from food and housing insecurity, social isolation, distance learning, trauma, and depression as witnesses to unchecked anti-Black violence and more. As African American students return to school, persistent inequities may worsen. It’s critical that we unify now around a systemic “education vaccination” advancing Black Excellence to finally move our youth from margin to center and implement strategies we know will fortify their social, emotional, and academic development.
The Forum is our opportunity to build cross-sector collaboration for a “new normal in education,” grounded in research-based practices and guided by the Sankofa question: “What would the Ancestors do?” Our students need us to become the vibrant Village that revives their spirits and unlocks their genius, so they reach ambitious goals for P-12, higher ed, career and life, in service to justice and peace. In this session, we will connect across schools, colleges, home, and community, affirming both heritage and vision so Black youth are infused with joy, truth, confidence, belonging, healing, purpose and hope to ensure they recuperate and thrive.
Dr. Lester Powell
Dr. Powell's Bio.
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How to Stay Healthy in the Midst of two Social Pandemics?
Come and discuss how we can work with our youngest learners to deal with staying healthy during COVID 19 but also how to stay healthy during the war on black lives. Let’s discuss strategies that will prepare learners for the micro aggressions that they may face both inside as well as outside the classroom. Come, participate, and share in the learning.
Fluke Fluker's Bio.
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Opportunities of Redefining the New Norm for Educational Black Excellence on the Other side of Covid 19
The educational challenges that we faced prior to COVID 19 and its persistence gap widening history in every negative measure has potentially just multiplied while at the same time presenting the possibility of new strategies of unleashing our young Black scholars’ gifts and talents. Utilizing technology and virtual spaces has cut the tether of traditional schooling. Recognizing what a healthy outcome looks and feels like especially coming out of an unhealthy and hostile environment of micro and macro aggressions birthed from a legacy of slavery. Jim Crow esquire laws, racist institutions and white supremacist thinking embedded in the air we ALL breathe. Recognizing the many arms of this octopus like beast, Mr. Fluker will direct his experiences of healthy outcomes from the eyes of a public secondary school teacher who got sick and tired of being sick and tired. Fasten your seats belts as oxygen masks will deploy, for truth will be unleashed!
Dr. Frankie Augustin
Dr. Frankie Augustin's Bio.
Dr. Kacie Blackman
Dr. Kacie Blackman's Bio.
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Using the Classroom to Unpack Media Violence
This interactive workshop will facilitate an engaging discussion on the public health effects of media violence and cultural appropriation on Black and African American students. Our purpose for this workshop is to share culturally relevant and responsive strategies to inspire dynamic dialogue with your students. Our goals are three-fold:
- To improve depth of communication on this topic between you, your students, and their peers
- To guide your students to discuss how the media’s perpetuation of stereotypes is affecting their health
- To decrease chances of stress-related illness through the healthy experience of discussion