Madison, Wis. (February 4, 2020) – There is still opportunity to register for and attend the Dreaming In Ethnic Melodies Black History Education Conference. Edgewood College is honored to host this important community event. National educational consultant Dr. Gloria Ladson-Billings will, for the second consecutive year, be the featured keynote speaker.
The conference is February 21-22, 2020, at Edgewood College, the Overture Center, the Madison Concourse Hotel, and the Wisconsin Historical Society.
“As recently reported by the National Assessment of Educational Progress, the performance gap between black and white students continues to widen in the state of Wisconsin,” Tony Garcia, Executive Director of Diversity and Inclusion at Edgewood College, said. “Locally here in Madison, we continue to see K-12 and higher education institutions struggle with creating equitable learning opportunities for diverse students. The importance and timeliness of this conference cannot be overstated and we are eager to welcome educators from across the state of Wisconsin to engage in meaningful dialogue on how best to promote and model academic excellence.”
Dreaming In Ethnic Melodies will have a strong emphasis on social and emotional learning, and universal literacy instruction under six African-American categories of children’s literature. Sessions during the conference will focus on nine cultural values that promote self-love and identity development, address 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 experience is intended to provide a venue where educators from across the state and country will be able to share policies, practices, programs, and procedures that have proven effective in promoting high levels of achievement for those often being underserved in our school systems,” Andreal Davis, conference creator and CEO of Cultural Practices That Are Relevant Consulting, said. “Continuing to think with the idea of ‘communalism’ in mind, we are asking attendees to open heads, hands and hearts to collaborate and to close the stark gaps that exist for many of the students and families that we serve in our community and across the country.”
To learn more about the conference and to register, please visit: http://diversity.edgewood.edu/Black-History-Conference.
About Cultural Practices That Are Relevant, LLC
The mission of Cultural Practices That Are Relevant, LLC. is to draw from our highest order models and traditional ways of being and knowing to bring the best that we have to offer by mobilizing and sharing research based best practices and models that exist across the country. In doing so, the foundation of our mission will be to breathe new life into our practices by learning from the past to create the future “Sankofa” and come together in a way that demonstrates the philosophy of “Ubuntu” “I Am, Because We Are.” Thus we will close achievement, attitude, opportunity gaps that will allow our children to see and be the highest order model of their “possible selves."