Dear Disruptor,
 The State of Black Learning Conference (SBL) is excited to invite you to submit a proposal for one or more of our conference presentation formats encompassing our theme “How do we go from here?” This year, we are doing things a little differently, offering both in-person and virtual attendance. SBL2021 will host learning providers from across the country both in person on Day 1 – Thursday, August 12 and virtually on Day 2 – Friday, August 13, 2021, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania at the Energy Innovation Center. .This will allow attendees to patch virtually both days. Presenters will have the option of presenting virtually or in-person.
SBL seeks to increase learning provider effectiveness by introducing helpful and innovative tools necessary to address many of the factors that can improve Black student outcomes. This would ultimately yield to the disruption of the status quo for Black children in learning ecosystems across the country. 
SBL2021 will build on the tradition of having a talented cast of presenters and speakers who believe that their work is purpose-driven to achieve equity and excellence on behalf of the Black students they serve. We are calling for proposals of individuals or groups who will lead:

90 Minutes

In-depth, instructional program with hands-on learning activities and specific takeaways. 

Case Study
60 Minutes

A focused presentation highlighting research findings from relevant initiatives and projects.

Show & Share
60 Minutes

An activity-based session that facilitates interactive and creative learning techniques.

Talk Backs
60 Minutes

A speaker-led open conversation with attendees around a particular topic.

Power Talks
15 Mins / 15 Mins Q&A

A short solo presentation highlighting new and emerging ideas. 

Our presentation formats are designed to better appeal to our registrants’ learning styles. Still keeping this in mind, all presentation formats should give attention to the conference theme and avoid traditional boring workshops and presentations. All presenters should be engaging, excited, and ready to help our participants strengthen and build their intellectual capacity and tool kits to help Black students in the learning ecosystem. 

We encourage individuals, schools, districts, and organizations to submit proposals that will encourage, challenge, empower and activate participants to disrupt the status quo and focus on revolutionizing learning for Black children. 

Those accepted to present will receive a waived registration. 


Deadline for 

Proposal Submission

June 18, 2021

Status Notification for 

SBL 2021

June 21, 2021



July 12, 2021

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.

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