Educators across the country will participate in the 3rd Annual Black History Education Conference this weekend.
“It’s about having fun but also about taking action when you go,” said organizer Andreal Davis. “We have over 40 speakers doing over 24 concurrent sessions.”
The 3rd annual conference entitled “And how are the children?” Black Education Matters” will provide a venue for educators across the state and nation to share policies, practices, programs, and procedures that have been proven effective in promoting high levels of achievement for those who are often underserved in our school systems and communities.Professional Learning and Community Education – PLACE, UW-Madison will host the Black History Education Conference on February 19-20.
“I’m looking forward to seeing the growth that has occurred and the number of people participating from different generations,” Davis said.
She described the conference as a two-day interactive experience starting today and continuing through Saturday. Each day will feature keynote speakers, concurrent sessions, and opportunities for educators to discuss solutions to close the achievement gaps in Wisconsin. Davis also said attendees are coming to the conference from other states, including Arizona, Arkansas and South Carolina.
“We have high school kids from Madison high schools participating,” she said.
Organizers are partnering with PBS Wisconsin this year to also provide an elementary school component. Davis said the conference will include a panel of HBCU presidents, a tour of the Underground Railroad and performances by local artists.
“We’re going to feature local artists who started painting during the pandemic,” Davis said.
Additionally, Dane County Executive Joe Parisi, State Superintendent Carolyn Stanford Taylor, Lt. Governor Mandela Barnes and Grammy Common-winning entertainer will make appearances during the program. Participants will walk through the conference identifying what they can take and do in their classroom.
“Over the years, we’ve actually received emails, texts, and calls about how they were implementing what they learned from the conference,” Davis said.
For a year, educators shared positive affirmations. She said one school took an affirmation and translated it into several languages and posted it in their school.
The Wisconsin Historical Society is a co-sponsor of the Black History Education Conference. To find more information about the “Conference on Black History Education”, visit https://place.education.wisc.edu/k12-programs/black-history-education-conference/.