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Friday, April 17

2:10pm EDT

Black Brilliance Peer Learning Model
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

2:10pm EDT

Black Minds Matter
This workshop centers exemplary practices for Black students, applying principles of Africentricity. Educators will explore innovative teaching practices, through research in the area of culturally-responsive, and Africentric pedagogy. Because “Black Minds Matter”, we answer the fundamental question: How do we support psycho-social/psycho-emotional health for Black students?

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Malik Adams

Counsellor, Halifax Regional
- 20-year educator in public school system in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada- curriculum developer (Social Studies and Language/Literature focusing on people of African Ancestry)- working with Black men in minimum, medium, and maximum Correctional institutions in eastern Canada- trained... Read More →

Friday April 17, 2020 2:10pm - 3:00pm EDT
Room #1

2:10pm EDT

Perception vs Persona
There is a dearth of educational leadership literature on the experiences of Canadian Black women school and system leaders. The absence of their voices in positions of leadership serves to keep invisible the ongoing systemic oppression that these leaders experience in their schools and boards. Additionally, the absence allows this oppression to evade dominant discourse on how racism and sexism operates in educational leadership in the Canadian context. Most importantly, such omissions result in systemic barriers failing to be explicitly addressed by school boards. Through an analysis of two qualitative studies with educational leaders focused on the factors contributing to the intersecting oppressions of being Black and female in education, this paper will reveal the ways in which dominant conceptualizations of educational leadership hinder opportunities for Black female educators and create challenges for aspiring leaders and those who are successfully placed in these roles.

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

2:10pm EDT

Practices for Developing Students’ Critical Consciousness for Black Student Success and Excellence
Confronting anti-Black racism workshop covers a brief history of the Black experience in Canada and addresses concepts such as White privilege, how anti-Black racism presents itself in the education system and in other public institutions, e.g. the child welfare system.


Keishia Facey

RFWC Consulting Services

Friday April 17, 2020 2:10pm - 3:00pm EDT
Room #4

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