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 – Pittsburgh (SBL) 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.
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 in the greater Pittsburgh region.
SBL is a two-day conference which will gather thought leaders, learning stakeholders, and educators across Pittsburgh 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.
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.
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 in the greater Pittsburgh region.
This year, we are doing things a little differently by offering our first-ever hybrid experience. SBL2021 will host learning providers from across the country both in-person and virtually on Day 1 – Thursday, August 12 at the Energy Innovation Center, Pittsburgh, Pa. A fully virtual experience will take place on Day 2 – Friday, August 13, 2021. SBL 2021 will still provide many of the same great features as the in-person conference; with a keynote speaker, live panel discussions, breakout sessions, and networking opportunities, allowing attendees to patch in virtually both days.
Associate Professor, Teachers College, Columbia University and Author of For White Folks Who Teach in The Hood…And the Rest of Ya’ll Too
Dean, University of Pittsburgh School of Education
Actor, Antwone Fisher, Friday Night Lights, Catch A Fire, Miracle at St Anna, Biker Boyz and Captain America, 13 Reasons
Registration includes access to virtual experience and covers full in-person conference. This would include keynote speaker, exhibits, a diverse offering of sessions, local artistry, conference materials and more.
SBL is a two-day conference which will gather thought leaders, learning stakeholders, and educators across Pittsburgh 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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