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.

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