The Penn Summit on Black Girls and Women in Education focuses on highlighting the experiences and realities of Black girls and women in educational contexts.
Led by Center Director Dr. Ali Michael, this daylong summit is comprised of workshops intended to engage critical questions about discussing race in K-12 classrooms.
With featured speaker Dr. Howard Stevenson, Constance E. Clayton Professor of Urban Education and the author of "Promoting Racial Literacy in Schools," center co-directors Dr. Shaun R. Harper and Dr. Ali Michael will lead a daylong workshop with a focus on supporting teachers in their development of racial proficiency and culturally aware pedagogy. The summit will consist of interactive workshops and keynote talks with emphasis on raising race questions, facilitation strategies, and long-term skill development for racial proficiency. The content will be relevant to teachers, teacher educators and administrators.
TALKING ABOUT RACE
Why is it so difficult to talk about race? Why is talking about race in the classroom important? Summit attendees will work collaboratively with partners to engage these questions, and others, using the "Four Agreements" for talking about race framework.
FOR CONVERSATIONS ABOUT RACE
This session discusses the ways in which supporting difficult conversations about race in the classroom, interrupting racist encounters (i.e., microaggressions), amplifying diverse voices, and negotiating privilege are all critically important in preparing racially proficient teachers in the classroom.
RAISING RACE QUESTIONS AND DEVELOPING
LONG-TERM SKILLS FOR RACIAL PROFICIENCY
Learning about and how to grow the racial identities of teachers as well as their own inquiries about race over the course of the teaching careers is a process requiring the intentionality and purposeful action(s) discussed in this session.
8:30a – 9:00a
9:00a – 9:45a
Talking About Race Workshop
9:45a – 11:00a
Racial Literacy in Schools w/ Dr. Howard Stevenson
11:00a – 11:30p
Reflective Breakout Session
11:30p – 12:30p
12:30p – 1:45p
Facilitation Strategies Workshop
2:00p – 3:15p
Keynote Address by Dr. Shaun R. Harper, Executive Director
3:15 – 4:30
Raising Race Questions Workshop
4:30 – 5:00
Summit Closing and Reflections
Researchers from the Center will present powerful insights on successfully getting more Black male students to and through higher education. The keynote address and concurrent sessions will focus on better preparing these young men for college admission and success, more effectively engaging them in educationally purposeful activities, enhancing their personal and career development, addressing racial disparities in intercollegiate athletics, and learning from models of institutional excellence.
PREPARING BLACK MALE STUDENTS FOR COLLEGE ADMISSION AND SUCCESS
Last year, over 400 college-ready and college-bound students shared their educational experiences with our Center staff. This session discusses the findings from our study, in which we engage their preparation for the admissions process and successfully gaining admission to college.
UNDERSTANDING BLACK MALE ACHIEVEMENT IN COLLEGE
Using an anti-deficit framework, this session provides a national view of Black male achievers at four-year institutions, their strategies for success, and the resources with which they were able to successfully navigate college and university life.
DEVELOPING BLACK MALES FOR GRADUATE & PROFESSIONAL SCHOOL
For three years, the Penn Grad Prep academy has helped increase the presence of Black men in graduate programs, particularly in education. This session discusses findings from longitudinal data of Grad Prep applicants and participants during the course of the program.
COUNTERING RACIAL INEQUITIES IN NCAA DIVISION I ATHLETICS
NCAA Division I athletics programs maintain disparities in the representation of Black Males on sports teams and their success beyond sports. The Center engages this problem by addressing opportunities to better support increasing Black male athlete success in the classroom toward graduation and beyond.
INSTITUTIONAL MODELS OF EXCELLENCE FOR BLACK MALE ACHIEVEMENT
The Center partnered with 8 colleges and universities in the development and execution of programs and initiatives supporting Black male students in the classroom and beyond. In this session, we explore these cases, their outcomes, and the implications for institutions across the country.
8:30 – 9:00
9:00 – 10:15
Opening Keynote by Dr. Shaun R. Harper
10:30 - 11:45
Concurrent Sessions I
12:00 – 1:15
Lunch and Student Voice Panels
1:30 – 2:45
Concurrent Sessions II
3:00 - 4:15
Concurrent Sessions III
4:30 – 5:00
Summit Closing and Reflections