Association of African American Educators San Diego, CA
Association of African American Educators San Diego, CA

FRIDAY, March 9, 2018 – University Center

School of Leadership & Education Sciences (SOLES)

Conference 35th Anniversary Awards Dinner


4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Pre-Registration Check-in / Vendors

5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Association of African American Educations 35th Anniversary and Awards Dinner


Assemblymember Dr. Shirley N. Weber

Dr. Angela Bass

Dr. Dennis Brown

Dr. Sharon Whitehurst-Payne

Dr. Joe Fulcher

Dr. Vernon Moore

Dr. John Browne

Ms. Alma Hills

Mr. Donald Mitchell

Ms. Ruby Gordon

Ms. Jenee Peevy

Mr. Darryl White

Ms. LaShae Collins

and a special Unsung Hero


8:00 p.m. – 8:15 p.m.

Closing and Schedule for Saturday



SATURDAY, March 10, 2018

Mother Hill Hall

 School of Leadership & Education Sciences (SOLES)


7:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Pre-Registration Check-in / Vendors

7:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

Continental Breakfast

8:00 a.m. – 8:15 a.m.

Opening and Conference Welcome



Opening Plenary Session

8:20 a.m. – 9:20 a.m.


Warren Auditorium



Keynote: Margaret Fortune, CEO/President of Fortune School


Session A   9:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.


MRH Bishop Buddy Sala

Topic: Creating a School Culture that Promotes the Success of Black Students

Led by: Dr. Joe Johnson, Executive Director National Center for Urban School Transformation


MRH 102

Topic: Parent Making Change with their Choices and with their Voices

Moderator: Seth Litt, President/CEO - Parent Revolution

Description: Most schools and school systems measure "parent satisfaction" or "parent engagement." But what about Parent Power? Should parents have the power to make sure their children get a great education? Should parents from historically underserved communities have the power to change the public education systems so that it serves all children their communities?


Parent Revolution works with public school families so that they can make immediate change for their children, by choosing the right schools, and we work with families so that they can use their individual and collective voices to improve public education in their community and throughout California.


During this panel you'll hear directly from families that are members of the Parent Power Network about their experience in using their choice and their voice for educational change.


Session B   10:50 a.m. – 12:05a.m.


MRH 131

Topic: Cultural Competence: Educators in a Changing World

Presenter: Dr. Tanis Starck, SDSU

Description: In response to severe trans-generational community traumas, many urban communities across our nation have adopted a culture that upholds values, norms, beliefs and aspirations of both survival and self-destruction. It is an often overlooked subculture that has been pressured to normalize the common dysfunction of its daily social realities. Many professionals who seek to educate these youth are unfortunately ill equipped of vital knowledge of the culture of the communities they seek to serve. It is imperative that educators and youth service providers seeking to effectively engage with students from heavily gang and drug impacted urban communities become culturally competent of urban youth culture. We will explain in great detail youth values and how cultural competency can help empower our youth.


MRH 135

Led by: Student Success with Cultural Curriculum: Critical Pedagogy

Presenters: SDSU Department of Africana Studies


MRH 145

Topic: Action Based Learning (Temporary Title)

Presenters: Lynn Barnes-Wallace and Becky Paradise


MRH 201

Topic: "Don't Get Me Started!'

Presenter: Dr. Estralita Martin,

Assistant Dean of Student Affairs, College of Sciences

Director, Center for the Advancement of Students in Academia

Campus Coordinator, CSU-LSAMP, San Diego State University

Description: Children are natural scientists and critical thinkers. They actively engage in learning about their surroundings. It has been shown Active learning leads to increases in examination performance that would raise average grades within the STEM fields by a half a letter. (Freeman, et al. 2014, PNAS June, 111 (23) 8410-8415). As educators, how enthusiastically we encourage this type of engagement and learning also influences how many of our students remain critical thinkers and interested in the sciences. Come join me in discussing and formulating strategies to maintain and retain our students' interests in STEM fields.


Soul Food Lunch

12:15 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.

Location: SOLES Court Yard



            Session C            1:20 pm – 2:35 pm


MRH 131

Topic: Learning Mathematics While Black: Understanding, and Navigating the Mathematics Pipeline

Presenter: Dr. Joi Spencer, Dean of SOLES USD

Description: There is a myth that Black students are not capable mathematics students. This myth manifests itself in numerous ways throughout the K-12 education system. Structural impediments such as course tracking as well as normative impediments like deficit beliefs have resulted in a situation where far too many African American students perform below their capabilities. In this session participants will learn to recognize and confront roadblocks to Black student success in mathematics. They will also learn tools for keeping Black students on their mathematical game throughout the elementary and high school years.  Finally, the session will provide research on high achieving African American mathematics students as well as responsive and relevant mathematics methodologies. 


At the end of this session, participants will:

•          Learn how to recognize and navigate the roadblocks to succeeding along the mathematics pipeline at the elementary, middle, and high school levels.

•          Learn the strategies of high achieving African American mathematics students.

•          Explore how to use mathematics to address issues that are relevant to African American students.


MRH 135

Topic: Exploring Intersections: Race, Sexual Orientation, and Gender Identity Expression

Moderator: Michael Rabin, SDUSD

Description: Students come into our schools from a variety of familial and cultural backgrounds and experiences including the realms of race, ethnicity, religion, socio-economic status, immigration status, disability, sexual orientation, and gender identity/expression. It is essential that educators consider these intersections of identity when supporting these students over the course of their academic and social-emotional development in order to address the needs of the whole student.


Despite increased awareness and understanding, many LGBTQ youth still experience difficulty gaining acceptance in their school communities. This is particularly true for LGBTQ youth of color, who often face unique obstacles in their efforts to achieve educational goals. For LGBTQ students of color, the intersections of identity exist at all times as they navigate our educational system.


MRH 145

Topic: Culturally Responsive Classroom Management Strategies

Presenters: Tamara Muhammad and Torazzi Hayslett

Description: What if I told you, you cannot teach what you do not know? You would probably give me a look that says otherwise.


Imagine that you are a science with no background in history, and your principal asks you to teach two periods of history every day. How are you going to be effective? How are you going to be enthusiastic? How are you going to hold the attention of your students? It is going to be very difficult, if not impossible, under these circumstances.


Now, imagine that you are teaching the content area that you have been trained to teach, but you know nothing about your students. What do you know about the specific population of students in your class? Are you prepared to connect with them? Do you know not only how to motivate them, but how to keep them motivated over a long period? Do you know what their classroom needs are? Are you prepared to address and meet their classroom needs? Unless you can answer these questions, your students’ success (and, therefore, your success as a teacher) would be very difficult to achieve.


At the end of this session, participants will:

•          Gain insight to help achieve a more culturally relevant classroom management skill set.

•          Learn techniques to creating a culturally relevant classroom environment.

2:40 pm – 3:30 pm




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