August 15-16, 2019

Love.
Liberation.
Freedom.

MISSION

Why The Need?

It is imperative that educators regularly engage in professional development opportunities that train and equip them to understand Black student development and improve their responsiveness to systemic inequalities that impact their everyday learning. Therefore, the mission of State of Black Learning is to foster dialogue and provide practical tools for all educators (teachers, specialists, principals, administrative assistants, coaches and more) to incorporate sustainable resources into the work they do. Further aiming to cultivate personal and professional development among educators who value knowledge and the enhancement of students’ lives.

About State of Black
Learning

Historically, education has been seen as a ‘one size fits all’ system for students. Research shows this is not the case with Black students. Whether considering a child’s home life or integrating a learning strategy to enhance student engagement, it is essential to hone in on the ways in which educators interact with and teach Black students. SBL is designed to increase educator effectiveness and provide the tools necessary to help participants address all of the factors that improve student outcomes and help Black children learn.

SBL is a two-day conference which will gather thought leaders, learning stakeholders, and educators who teach through various platforms. The aim is to use insightful analysis, commentary, and facilitated dialogue on best practices to help participants critically discuss how systemic inequities in race, gender, and socioeconomic status continue to shape and impact learning for Black children. At the conclusion of the conference, all participants will be charged to constantly seek and implement proven and innovative solutions that take action against the systemic inequalities facing black students.

If you consider yourself or organization an educator or stakeholder in the education of black boys and girls:

Educator

For the purpose of SBL an EDUCATOR is defined as any person who provides positive instruction or education to students in the areas of academics, citizenship, sports and/or social/family support.

Stakeholder

For the purpose of SBL a STAKEHOLDER is defined as any person, community and/or organization who will benefit directly from improving student outcomes and helping Black children learn.

MEET OUR CHANGEMAKERS

Speakers

Dr. Bettina L. Love

Roland Martin

FEATURING

Damon Young

Dr. Howard Fuller

The 8 Black Hands Podcast

Muffy Mendoza

Medina Jackson

William Osborne Generett, III

Michelle King

Kickoff

State of Black Learning

Love. Liberation. Freedom

Days
Hours
Minutes
Seconds
LETS CHANGE THE WORLD!

2018 Conference Recap

CONFERENCE VENUE

Bringing Educators to the Community

The State of Black Learning committee has selected the Homewood Community to host the 2019 Conference. In collaboration with our partners at the Homewood Brushton-YMCA,Carnegie, Library of Pittsburgh-Homewood, University of Pittsburgh Community Engagement Center-Homewood, and CCAC Homewood-Brushton

LOCATIONS

Homewood Brushton
YMCA

7140 Bennett St
Pittsburgh, PA 15208

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
Homewood

7101 Hamilton Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15208

University of Pittsburgh Community Engagement Center
Homewood

622 N Homewood Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15208

CCAC Homewood Brushton Center

701 N Homewood Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15208

Public Parking

Looking for somewhere to park? Homewood offers several public parking options in the community. Street parking is readily available.

Public Transportation

Need to take Public Transportation to the conference or just plain ole looking to avoid parking in the city? No problem! Port Authority is a great option to travel to Homewood.

CONFERENCE HOTELS

Looking for a place to stay?

Pittsburgh awaits you. Here is all the information you need to reserve lodging at the State of Black Learning Conference hotels and get to the conference quickly. State of Black Learning has arranged discounts at four hotels in Pittsburgh. Discounted rates are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis, so book your room early!

LOCATIONS

Hyatt House Pittsburgh-Bloomfield

1.800.233.1234

Reservation Cut-Off:July 14

Group Code:</br/>G-UAGP

$149/night
(*SBL 2019 will appear w\room selection)

Springhill Suites by  Marriott Bakery Sq

412.362.8600

Reservation Cut-Off:July 15

Group Code:
SBL 2019

$159/night

Hotel Indigo Pittsburgh-East Liberty

412.665.0555

Reservation Cut-Off: July 18

Group Code:
SBL

$139/night

Shadyside Inn All Suites Hotel

412.441.4444

Reservation Cut-Off: July 23

Group Code:
SBL 2019

$135/night

JOIN US THIS YEAR

Register for the 2019 Conference

EVENT SPONSORS

Our Sponsors & Partners

We wouldn’t be able to host our conference without help from these amazing companies. A huge thanks to all our sponsors and partners!

UA
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Are you interested in becoming a sponsor?

About State of Black Learning Conference

SBL is a two-day conference which will gather thought leaders, learning stakeholders, and educators to help participants critically discuss how systemic inequities in race, gender, and socioeconomic status continue to shape and impact learning for Black children.

Contact Us

  • 412.361.1008 x 231
  • info@stateofblacklearning.org

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