December 2 | 9AM-12:45PM
Educators LEADLearnEnrichAdvanceDevelop
Professional Development Day

Featuring Keynote Address by
Dr. Gloria Ladson-Billings,

renowned researcher, scholar, and theorist who examines the pedagogical practices of teachers who are successful with African American students and pioneered the concept of culturally relevant pedagogy.


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8:30 – 9 a.m. | Dr. Rando Hall

9 – 9:45 a.m. | Dr. Rando Hall 
Keynote by Dr. Gloria Ladson-Billings

10-10:30 a.m.
Breakout Session 1

10:35-11:05 a.m.
Breakout Session 2

11:10-11:45 a.m.
Breakout Session 3

noon-12:45 p.m.| Dr. Rando Hall
Question & Answer Panel

featuring all of today’s experts.

12:45-1:30 p.m. | HEA
Lunch & Virtual Attendee Break

1:30-2 p.m. | HEA
Student Fellow Social
(In-Person Only)

Engage in Your PD

Gloria Ladson-Billings takes the reader on a journey into the educational past of the African American community, through its present, and toward future possibilities. In this text, Dr. Ladson-Billings critically addresses questions many have asked but few have analyzed.

Dreamkeepers highlights several individuals and programs that have been responsible for improving the academic achievement of African-American students.

Chapter 1 points to the growing disaffection of African Americans with the kind of education their children receive today in the public schools. Chapter 2 discusses the growing educational and anthropological literature on ways in which schools can be made more compatible with the students’ cultural backgrounds. The chapter identifies a lack in the literature on the experiences of African-American students specifically and offers culturally relevant teaching as a way to address this gap. Chapters 3, 4, and 5 discuss three critical aspects of culturally relevant teaching: the teachers’ conceptions of themselves and others; the manner in which classroom social interaction is structured; and the teachers’ conception of knowledge. Chapter 6 focuses on three teachers in the study and their teaching of elementary literacy and mathematics programs. The final chapter examines prospects for improving the academic performance and the school experiences of African-American students. Appendixes address methodological and contextual issues.

The author reports on the positive results of culturally conscious education and highlights eight teachers who, though they differ in personal style and methods, share an approach to teaching that strengthens cultural identity.

Working in Nevada schools and with diverse populations of students, each of you are change agents in your schools and communities.

What does it take to teach African American children successfully? What does culturally relevant teaching look like in my classroom?

Speakers & Sessions

Dr. Gloria Ladson-Billings

Gloria Ladson-Billings is Professor Emerita and former Kellner Family Distinguished Professor in Urban Education in the Department of Curriculum & Instruction and was Faculty Affiliate in the Departments of Educational Policy Studies, Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis and Afro American Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is the Immediate Past President of the National Academy of Education. She was the 2005–2006 president of the American Educational Research Association. In 2021 she was named a Corresponding Fellow the British Academy. She is a 2020-2021 Hagler Institute Fellow at Texas A&M University. She is a Fellow in the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. She is the inaugural Distinguished Scholar in Race and Social Justice for the Rutgers Graduate School of Education. Ladson-Billings’ research examines the pedagogical practices of teachers who are successful with African American students. She also investigates Critical Race Theory applications to education.

Ladson-Billings is the author of the critically acclaimed books, The Dreamkeepers: Successful Teachers of African American Children, (currently in its 3 rd edition), Crossing over to Canaan: The Journey of New Teachers in Diverse Classrooms, and Beyond the Big House: African American Educators on Teacher Education and recently released Culturally Relevant Pedagogy: Asking a Different Question, and Critical Race Theory: A Scholar’s Journey. She is editor of 6 other books and author of more than 100 journal articles and book chapters. She is the former editor of the American Educational Research Journal and a member of several editorial boards. Her work has won numerous scholarly awards.

Ladson-Billings has an active community life that includes serving on several community boards such as the Urban League of Greater Madison, the Madison Children’s Museum, the United Way of Dane County, and the Susan G. Komen for the Cure of Madison. She is a member of the Links, Inc. and a 50-year plus member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. At the 2017 Leadership Summit she was named the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. International Citizen of the Year. As an active member of the Mt. Zion Baptist Church of Madison, WI she is the 2 nd woman named to the 109 year old church’s Board of Deacons.

Keynote Address:
Time for a Hard Re-set: Revisioning Education for Equity

Adjoa Mensah

Adjoa Mensah is a fourth-year Ph.D. candidate in teacher education, specializing in researching the technology integration practices of elementary teachers. With 15 years of teaching experience in bilingual schools across all grades (K-8) and subjects in Canada, coupled with three years of preservice teacher instruction, she offers a wealth of experience.

Breakout Session:
Using technology to support social-emotional learning (SEL)

Social and emotional learning (SEL) and its associated practices empower children, enabling them to express themselves and broaden their perspectives. The integration of technology tools further enhances this process, creating a synergistic and effective combination for everyday learning experiences. This session will explore tools and strategies that leverage technology to integrate social and emotional learning practices into various learning activities.

Belisa Brownlee

Dr. Brownlee is a teacher at CSN HS. This is her 15th year teaching in Clark County School District. She has taught English, the CTE Criminal Justice Program, and Publications (yearbook) throughout those years. She has a Masters in Teaching Secondary Education and a Juris Doctorate from the Boyd School of Law.

Breakout Session:
Making War and Peace: Instructor Immediacies and Classroom Incivilities”

First impressions of people are not always what we think. Oftentimes other factors get in the way of understanding each other. This may happen before you even physically meet. This session offers insight into what causes students to gravitate towards or be repelled by different instructors and possible solutions to create a positive classroom environment.

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December 2 | Educators LEAD Day Livestream

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Educators LEAD events are made possible thanks to generous funding from the Nevada Institute on Educator Preparation (NITEP), the Nevada Educator Preparation Institute & Collective (NV-EPIC), and the Nevada Institute on Educator Preparation, Retention, & Research (NIEPRR).