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Moving Past Failed Outcomes for Students, and into MODELS of SUCCESS through Cultural Practices that are Relevant

  • Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center 1 John Nolen Drive Madison, WI 53703 (map)
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Forward, Upward and Onward Together; Diverse Voices Shared Commitment!

This conference is targeted towards and will bring together Early Childhood Educators, K-12 Teachers, Administrators, Social Workers, Health Professionals, Elected Officials, Researchers, and representatives from Colleges and Universities, Community and Faith-based organizations, Business and Government entities who shares our mission and are working to improve and advance the quality of life for Black children and children with disabilities and families through Education and Advocacy.

The conference involves nationally-known keynote speakers and researchers, as well as local experts and advocates. The goal is to create an environment that encourages collective works and responsibility through multidisciplinary approaches.

This conference will provide a set of promising models for family and student engagement that has taken both external and school factors into account, intentionally confronting non-academic barriers while also providing promising practices and intervention models to support student and family engagement . This conference will offer 19 workshops that provide resources , skills and knowledge to educators , social service providers and parents . Use this conference to fill your tool box with a multitude of strategies that will support community schools, full-service schools, integrated student supports, and wraparound services, classroom management , mental health and so much more Here at Sankofa Educational Leadership United , culturally responsive wraparound services is our expertise.

The conference will provide workshops that highlight the following:

  • Content that represents voices in the field of Education or Human Services that are not often heard, but important to the advancement of our schools and communities. Offer Innovative curriculum and /or practices that support the learning and growth of our most underserved students and families.
  • The conference will present diverse voices and strengths-based, action-oriented solutions that will help participants move their schools, neighborhoods, communities and states forward. The conference is designed to advance the following outcomes:
    • Increased resources to improve and advance the quality of life for Black children, children with disabilities and families
    • Increased outcomes of healthy black children and /or children with disabilities whose social-emotional and brain development are supported holistically by their ecosystem
    • Increased access to high-quality early childhood education for Black children and /or children with disabilities to ensure Kindergarten readiness
    • Increased number of educators effectively implementing Culturally-Responsive Practices and /or Trauma Informed Pedagogy
    • Increased number of Educators implementing developmentally appropriate discipline practices to respond to the needs of Black children and or children with disabilities 
    • Increased number of Black and or children with disabilities reading at or above grade-level by Grade 3
    • Increased number of Black and or students with disabilities that are high school graduates who are prepared for the workforce and post-secondary education
    • Increased number of engaged and empowered Black families and community members in schools
    • Increase the number of highly qualified educators in the early childhood workforce
    • Increased number of Black leaders and stakeholders at the helm of policy discussions that impact Black children, children with disabilities and families
    • Increase the number of highly qualified educators in the early childhood workforce
    • Increase the amount of culturally sensitive and culturally competent social workers that can co- create foster homes that honor and validate the identity of children 


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