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 – 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.

About The 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 in the greater Pittsburgh region.

Who Should Attend SBL 2021?

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.

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 in the greater Pittsburgh region.

READY TO REGISTER?

2021 KEYNOTE & SPEAKER LINEUP

Dr. Eddie S. Glaude, Jr.

 One of the nation’s most prominent scholars, Eddie S. Glaude, Jr. is an author, political commentator, public intellectual and passionate educator who examines the complex dynamics of the American experience. His writings, including Democracy in Black: How Race Still Enslaves the American Soul, In a Shade of Blue: Pragmatism and the Politics of Black America, and his most recent, the New York Times bestseller, Begin Again: James Baldwin’s America and Its Urgent Lessons for our Own, takes a wide look at Black communities, the difficulties of race in the United States and the challenges we face as a democracy. In his writing and speaking, Glaude is an American critic in the tradition of James Baldwin and Ralph Waldo Emerson, confronting history and bringing our nation’s complexities, vulnerabilities and hope into full view. Hope that is, in one of his favorite quotes from W.E.B. Dubois, “not hopeless, but a bit hopeful.”  To continue reading Dr. Glaude’s bio, Click Here.

Viist the Conference Page to learn more about this year’s speakers! 

CONFERENCE OPPORTUNITIES

PRESENTERS

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: CLOSED

VENDORS

We encourage vendors to apply that provide a service or product that aids educators in becoming more equipped to teach black boys and girls. While not all services will have a direct impact on black students, we encourage all vendors who are interested in reaching a diverse audience to consider applying.

Those accepted to present will receive a waived registration. 

Deadline for Proposal Submission: CLOSED

VOLUNTEERS

We encourage vendors to apply that provide a service or product that aids educators in becoming more equipped to teach black boys and girls. While not all services will have a direct impact on black students, we encourage all vendors who are interested in reaching a diverse audience to consider applying

Those accepted to present will receive a waived registration. 

Deadline for Proposal Submission: CLOSED

CONFERENCE VENUE

Energy Innovation Center

Energy Innovation Center is the perfect place for thought leaders, learning stakeholders, and educators across Pittsburgh to discuss how systemic inequities in race, gender, and socioeconomic status continue to shape and impact learning for Black children.

Energy Innovation Center

1435 Bedford Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15219

Public Parking

Looking for somewhere to park? Energy Innovation Center offers several public parking options. Public Parking lots are also available at the corner of Walnut and Bellefonte, Shady and Fifth, and Murray and Forbes.

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 Energy Innovation Center.

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!

When you are ready to make a reservation, just click on the link.  If making a reservation by phone – ask for the ” The State of Black Learning” or “SBL” Room Block. 


THE WESTIN PITTSBURGH

$149


EMBASSY SUITES BY HILTON

$159


KIMPTON HOTEL MONACO

$179

INTERESTED IN BECOMING A SPONSOR?

 We invite you to learn how your organization can best support the SBL’s efforts to equip all participants with additional tools that will help them constantly seek and implement proven and innovative solutions that take action against the systemic inequalities facing Black students. 

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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