School of Education Summer Institute on Education Equity & Justice (SIEEJ)

June 27-29, 2019
Shared Voices: Utilizing Anti-Racist Pedagogy to Transform Communities and Schools.

American University Summer Institute on Education Equity and Justice (SIEEJ)

American University's School of Education is committed to equity and excellence in education. Our vision is to create meaningful impact by advocating for inclusive learning environments through our research, teaching, service and community outreach.

The Annual AU Summer Institute on Education Equity and Justice (SIEEJ) was developed to provide professional development opportunities for community members, particularly educators, who want to learn promising practices that lead to equitable educational outcomes for underserved students, families, and communities.

Our theme is "Shared Voices: Utilizing Antiracist Pedagogy to Transform Communities and Schools." This year's SIEEJ co-sponsors are the American University College of Law and Anti-Racist Research and Policy Center.

Keynote Speakers

Dr. Ibram X. Kendi

Ibram X. Kendi is an award-winning scholar of racism and antiracism and a New York Times best-selling author. His second book, Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America, won the 2016 National Book Award for Nonfiction. At 34 years old, he was the youngest ever winner of the NBA for Nonfiction. Stamped was a finalist for a National Book Critics Circle Award, a Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, and a NAACP Image Award. Stamped was named to several Best Books of 2016 lists, including by the Boston Globe, The Root, The Washington Post, and Buzzfeed. The Washington Post also named Stamped the most ambitious book of 2016.

He is also the author of the award-winning book, The Black Campus Movement: Black Students and the Racial Reconstitution of Higher Education, 1965-1972. His next book, How to Be an Antiracist, will be released this August. Dr. Kendi is a professor in the department of History and director of the Antiracist Research and Policy Center at American University, Washington, DC. 

Just Added

Dr. Johnnetta Betsch Cole

Dr. Bettina Love

Matthew Kay

Schedule

Event Dates

June 27-29, 2019

Location

Washington College of Law (WCL)
4300 Nebraska Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20016

Day 1

Thursday, June 27, 2019, 3:00-7:30pm

3:00-7:00pm
Conference Registration
Room: WCL Atrium

5:00-7:30pm
Networking Reception
Room: WCL Atrium

Additional Details/Items to be Announced Soon

Day 2

Friday, June 28, 2019, 7:30-4:00pm

7:30-2:30pm
Conference Registration
Room: WCL Atrium

7:30-9:00am
Breakfast
Room: C. Grossman Hall

9:00-10:00am
Opening Address
Room: C. Grossman Hall

10:15-11:15am
Learning Sessions I (Concurrent)
Rooms: TBD

11:15-11:30am
Break

11:30-12:30pm
Learning Sessions II (Concurrent)
Rooms: TBD

11:30-12:30pm
VIP Reception

Room: WCL Faculty Lounge

12:30-1:45pm
Lunch
Room: C. Grossman Hall

1:45-2:00pm
Break

2:00-4:00pm
Keynote Address-Dr. Ibram X. Kendi
Title: "Disrupting Racism in Schools and Organizations: Leading for Change"

2:00-3:00pm
To be Announced

3:00-3:15pm
Break

3:15-4:00pm
Learning Sessions III (Concurrent)
Rooms: TBD

Additional Details/Items to be Announced Soon

Day 3

Saturday, June 29, 2019, 8:00-1:30pm

8:00-9:00am
Breakfast
Room: C. Grossman Hall

9:00-10:00am
Opening Address
Room: C. Grossman Hall

10:10-11:00am
Student Panel: "Our Voices"
Room: C. Grossman Hall

11:00-11:15am
Break

11:15-12:15pm
Learning Sessions IV (Concurrent)
Rooms: TBD

12:15-12:30pm
Break

12:30-1:30pm
Lunch
Room: C. Grossman Hall

Additional Agenda Items to be Announced Soon

American University
Washington College of Law
4300 Nebraska Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20016

The Washington College of Law (WCL) is a short walking distance from the Tenlytown/AU Metro Station (Red Line).

For drivers, WCL has a parking structure located on it campus. 

Call for Proposals
Shared Voices: Utilizing Anti-Racist Pedagogy to Transform Communities and Schools

The American University (AU) School of Education Summer Institute on Education, Equity & Justice (SIEEJ) invites proposals that examine education equity and justice in communities and schools. We are particularly interested in proposals that highlight anti-racist practices and interventions currently being utilized in education and community- based settings to promote student success. In order to purposefully examine how anti-racist pedagogy will transform communities and schools, it is imperative to focus on current research practices and evidence-based models that challenge long-standing injustices, including racial, social and cultural inequities. The School of Education is committed to equity and excellence in education. Our vision is to create meaningful impact by advocating for inclusive learning environments through our research, teaching, service and community outreach.

The annual AU Summer Institute on Education Equity and Justice (SIEEJ) was developed to provide professional development opportunities for community members, particularly educators, who want to learn promising practices that lead to equitable educational outcomes for underserved students, families, and communities. This year’s theme is Shared Voices: Utilizing Anti-Racist Pedagogy to Transform Communities and Schools.

We have four (4) overarching themes:

  1. Anti-Racist Pedagogy
  2. Oppressive Systems
  3. Support Structures for Marginalized Communities
  4. Assessment and Evaluation to Combat Racist Pedagogy

We are seeking proposals that explore these themes, and we strongly encourage prospective presenters to submit proposals that

  1. Balance conceptual and theoretical frameworks with concrete, pragmatic examples
  2. Highlight the how-to pieces of a practice, strategy, or model
  3. Facilitate reflection and engagement that helps translate vision into practice
  4. Feature mature evidence-based programs
  5. Foster discovery and problem solving through idea sharing and community building

Proposals should address how the work can be adapted in a wide range of institutional types, including K-12 schools, non-profits, community organizations, and colleges and universities. Presentations will take place from Friday, June 28 and Saturday, June 29. Presenters should plan to be available at the time their session is assigned in the conference program.

If you are interested, submit a proposal.

Session Format

Poster

(48” x 36” dimension)

Poster presenters share visual models of equity-focused curricular and cocurricular frameworks and approaches to promoting inclusive and difficult dialogues; strategies for transformation; research findings and disaggregated data regarding student development and learning; teacher development, support, programs and policies; and designs for high- impact practices. The poster session provides an opportunity for presenters to talk with attendees about how to apply findings to their own work. To allow adequate room for all presenters, posters should be a maximum of 3’ (h) x 4’ (w). If you are considering distributing handouts, approximately 20-30 copies are recommended.

Presentation Workshop

This interactive session provides opportunities for participants to highlight theory and practice. These sessions are scheduled for 45 minutes and should be structured so that some explanatory or introductory information is shared with enough time for audience participation. Presenters should guide participants in examining critical theories and scholarly evidence that support the mechanics of developing inclusive dialogues focused on questioning assumptions and exploring frameworks for equity-focused purposeful pathways for learning. Workshops might engage participants in examining and developing critical pedagogies, courses that connect student learning with real-world issues, curricular/co-curricular initiatives, professional development programs, and strategies for transformation. If you are considering distributing handouts, approximately 30-40 copies are recommended. Reviewers will give priority to proposals that model high-impact practices, such as collaborative and hands-on activities: those that include a diversity of presenters and those that explain how the work applies to varied institutional types.

Deadline

The deadline to submit proposals is Monday, April 15, 2019.

Notifications

The primary session contact will receive an email message indicating the decision on the proposal by Friday, May 3, 2019.

Important Reminders

Registration for SIEEJ

Registration for presenters is $125. All accepted presenters are to register for the conference by the early bird deadline. Conference must be paid for and travel/lodging secured. Please plan to budget accordingly prior to the submission of your proposal. SIEEJ will not cover the cost of travel/lodging/food unless otherwise specified. Presentation times take place Friday, June 28, at 8:00 a.m. through Saturday, June 29, at 12:00 p.m.

Expenses and Fees

All session presenters are responsible for conference registration fees, travel, and hotel expenses. Please ensure that all individuals listed in the proposal have this information and can be available at the appropriate time during the event.

Sharing Presented Resources

Presenters will be asked by SIEEJ to upload all presentation materials prior to presenting. These materials will be used to provide support for the presentation and will then become part of the conference proceedings. This way, your information is accessible beyond your presentation. If your proposal is selected for SIEEJ, you will be provided information on how to upload your materials.

Tickets

  • $180 (Early Bird Registration, ends June 1, 2019)
  • $99 (Presenter Registration, ends June 1, 2019)
  • $225 (Registration, ends June 28, 2019)
  • $145 (Group Registration [5 or more], ends June 28, 2019 )
  • $20 (Student Registration [High School and Undergraduate], ends June 28, 2019)
  • $75 (P-12 Teachers and Graduate Students; ends June 28, 2019)
  • $75 (AU Faculty, AU Staff, AU Alumni; ends June 28, 2019)

Please contact equityandjustice@american.edu with any questions. Information about discounted hotel rates will be provided to you in your confirmation email after you register.