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Friday, April 17 • 2:10pm - 3:00pm
Black Brilliance Peer Learning Model

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Black Brilliance is an organization run by Black students for Black students. Black Brilliance provides a conference for Black students every year and features student-run workshops on topics such as, Racism and Micro-aggressions, Police Brutality, Post Traumatic Slave Trauma, the Politics of Black Hair and other issues that reflect the lived realities of Black Youth. In the past 4 years, Black Brilliance has become the most anticipated event for Black students in the school calendar. What first started as an opportunity for Black students to come together to share their experiences and struggles has now grown into a movement. 

It has been well documented by many scholars like Carl James and Gillian Parekh that our existing school system fails to meet the needs of Black students. That Black students run and organize the conference is at the heart of its success. Peer learning as a pedagogy is a learning strategy which is now having global reach. Studies suggest that students who engage in peer learning are more engaged, are able to create a safe environment of open communication and discussion and may study and perform better academically. This workshop will show how a peer model is especially impactful for Black students who are marginalized by a Eurocentric curriculum and ways of teaching. This workshop will be presented by Black students/alumni and will outline the impact of the Black Brilliance model for Black students. Participants will learn about the principals of the Black Brilliance peer to peer model as a practice of cultural responsiveness. Participants will learn how to utilize this model which can be adapted for various marginalized students in educational settings. This workshop will be useful for teachers, students, Counselors, administrators, central office leaders, and other educators.


Kevin Sutton

Student Equity Program Advisor, Toronto District School Board

Friday April 17, 2020 2:10pm - 3:00pm EDT
Room #3