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Saturday, April 18

10:40am EDT

Ain't I a Leader?: Black Mothers Partnering for Black Student Success & Excellence
This session explores the ways in which Black mothers affirm their role as educational leaders, within their children's schools and communities. 

Through spoken word, visual arts and short stories, four Black mothers share their leadership journey as experienced in a Toronto District School Board initiative.

Session facilitators link their own leadership work to current research and highlight how schools, community members and Black families can come together and engage in collective action for Black student success and excellence.

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Stephanie Fearon, Keisha Evans, Chantell Richards & Fati Seidu

Coordinator, Equity and Model Schools for Inner Cities, Charles Gordon Senior Public School
We are a community-based project that teaches parents how to help their children read. We also work with local partners to promote and improve literacy in the communities that need it the most. We are passionate about Black caregiver engagement, community-school partnerships, and... Read More →

Saturday April 18, 2020 10:40am - 10:55am EDT
Room #4

10:40am EDT

I Define ME not Girl Drama!-Culturally Relevant Strategies
How does a girl Define her voice when Girl Drama is Real! Girl friendships are intense and all-encompassing from early elementary years on; but cliques, bullying, power struggles and an intense desire to belong create a ripe field for relational aggression. Literature reminds us that a girl’s “key support system is – her tribe – which consists of peers who are also as reactive and erratic as they will ever be. (She) works hard every day to harness powerful and unpredictable emotions so that she can get on with doing everything else she means to do.

 In this session,  we will discuss the impact of social aggression and the factors that motivate relational aggression. We will share tools to develop a trauma-free space to promote girls  to define their voices, harness positive power, increasing emotional intelligence, and develop literacy skills through a culturally relevant model to increase girl empowerment. 

We will offer tools to implement strategies promoting SEL, restorative justice practices that strengthen and promote resiliency in girls will be explored. You will discover tools for promoting pro-social behaviors like kindness, sharing and empathy in girls K-12, while improving their attitude toward school and reducing depression.

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Tracie Berry-McGhee & Kiana McKinney

Speaker, Counselor, Author, Executive Director, SistaKeeper Empowerment Center
Tracie Berry-McGhee, M.Ed., LPC is the Founder of the SistaKeeper Empowerment Center, founded in STL. Mo. in 2002, in her Ferguson/Florissant School District. A Licensed Therapist, Mentor, National Motivational speaker. As a Psycho-Therapist, she has created research- based SEL curricula... Read More →

Saturday April 18, 2020 10:40am - 11:30am EDT
Room #2

10:40am EDT

Making Connections - Embracing Equity
My personal story is one of triumph in the face of insurmountable obstacles. I was born into poverty and attended schools with the worst reputations in Kingston, Jamaica, where days saw me running for my life to escape bullets, in order to get to my school. The effect of those experiences was negated by me having one amazing teacher who believed in my potential and created an atmosphere where I, along with other students, could thrive and dream big. Today, as an educator of 20 years, in three continents, a social justice advocate, I am 100% confident that if teachers and administrators understand what equitable practices will do for their students, they would not make the curriculum content their priority, but EQUITY. When equity is embraced and infused in ALL aspects of a teacher or administrator's decisions, progress will be made in the mindsets of children, especially those, who like me, had the odds stacked against them. Today, I am successful because of my teacher. I will show teachers and administrators practical ways of infusing equity in their practices. I may have a parent who will share a brief testimonial as to how her engagement with my class, helped both her and her child.


Nadia Nembhard-Hunt

Educator/Author/Empowerment Coach, DDSB

Saturday April 18, 2020 10:40am - 11:30am EDT
Room #1

10:40am EDT

Restorative Discipline Practices
This workshop will support the culture of the school by fostering effective communication and relationship building for all members of the school family. Restorative Discipline in schools create opportunities for adults and students to respond to conflict in a healthy manner. This interactive session will provide educators with effective strategies to build caring relationships through shared values and intentionality  to improve student achievement, as well as provide educators with the tools to build, maintain and repair relationships that have been harmed. Participants will receive  vital handouts on Restorative Discipline Practices, the different types of restorative circles, completed sample lesson plans, a blank lesson plan template and a list of websites for additional resources to implement restorative discipline in your school and district.

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Nicole Myers Gardere

Assistant Principal
My name is Nicola Myers Gardere, I am an Assistant Principal, Trainer of Trainers for Restorative Discipline Practices in Texas, International guest speaker and a scholar. I hold a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Services management, A masters in Curriculum and Instruction/English... Read More →

Saturday April 18, 2020 10:40am - 11:30am EDT
Room #3

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