4th This year’s theme of the annual educational conference on black history is “I am someone” and will take place virtually on Friday-Saturday, February 18-19. This two-day conference, organized by UW-Madison Professional Learning and Community Education (PLACE), provide space for educators from across the country to come together and share policies and practices that promote high levels of achievement in school communities that are not served or represented.
“I worked at the state level and created culturally relevant learning practices“- said in an interview with Madison365 longtime leader in education at Madison Andreal Davis. «I have heard all the time at various meetings and from different people that there is a big gap in education among African American students and Native American students. I used to work with the Madison Metropolitan School District (MMSD), where I worked a lot around African American education and worked a lot with that foundation. I created a model of professional development called CPR: Breathing New Life У Our teaching practices are where we focus on six areas of black education, trying to improve in the school district.”
Davis is a practice-led culture coordinator at the Wisconsin Intervention Response Center (Rtl) after 26 years at MMSD in a variety of roles. Davis, founder of Values of Cultural Practices Relevant, TAA, created a conference to improve school districts and support students suffering from lack of achievement and lack of resources.
«I eventually moved on to this job go to the state level and work with the team to move training more widelySaid Davis. «So we didn’t just be in the school district, we moved it across the state. I kept hearing about gaps in educational attainment, and constantly came across people across the state who worked really well in black education. I kept going to people and saying, “What can we do? How can we move faster? How can we move faster? ‘
“We have these opportunities, these gaps in relationships, the gap in achievement, how can we move faster? I just didn’t feel like people were moving fast enough, ”she adds. “I said, ‘Yyou know what, I’ll stop asking. I’m going to do it myself‘. Four years ago, I set up an educational conference on black history. ”
This year’s lineup is the Black History Education Conference include Dr. Alfred Tatum, Dr. Gloria Ladson-Billings, Dr. Chike Aqua, the Rev. Jesse Jackson, Freddie Taylor, Douglas Yuart, Shelley Stubbs and Terence Carey.
The virtual conference will have a variety of activities, including key sessions, events, and a breakthrough sessions. Davis spoke about the impact of this conference Black faculty and students and her appreciation to those who have supported her efforts over the years.
«I am excited that many members from home, school and community attended the conference and then take actionSaid Davis. «Сsome of our leading conferences like Milan Leverson, have shared with us her wisdom and gifts for four years in a row, and there is always a great demand from families and society to hear her and her presentation messages about justice in education.”
There is also a free student event for The Student Strand, organized by the G. Woodson Carter Foundation. Members of the Madison community and organization have many activities with which students can participate and learn.
«I want them to know that there is also a Student Playground, which is also freeSaid Davis. «It will take place the same day, but with a different link to Zoom and is sponsored A scholarship from the Woodson Public Services Foundation that my husband is president and it is‘in fact it is a subsidiary of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. They, along with foster and Seein‘There are Believin‘, LLC, will sponsor this. But first and foremost, the G. Woodson Carter Foundation.
“And we have [HBCU] Grambling State University is going to hold a presentation called “Where Everything Is”. They are going to show the collaboration they have made with Beyonce. We have Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., which is making a presentation on the college application process.”