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First Annual Equity in Education Conference

Thursday, January 18, 2018

The theme for the conference is "Culturally Relevant Pedagogy: Start Where You Are, But Don't Stay There." The keynote speaker is Henry Richard Milner IV, Ph.D., Endowed Chair of Urban Education at the University of Pittsburgh.

Topics for sessions include the following:

  • Educating African American females/males
  • Meeting ELA standards using CRP
  • Meeting social studies standards using CRP
  • Meeting economics standards using CRP
  • Teaching elementary students African and African American history
  • Restorative classroom management

CEU Certificates will be available; the registration fee includes breakfast and lunch. In addition to the keynote speaker presentation, there will be book signings and vendors.

Thank you for your interest in the 2018 Equity in Education Conference. We have reached capacity for this year’s event. Connect with us on Facebook and Twitter to stay informed about upcoming events.


Equity in Education Lecture Series

The most recent installment of the series was “Morally Engaged Research in the Black Liberation Tradition: Return What You Learn to the People,” presented by Dr. Joyce E. King, on January 26, 2017 [video].


2017 Roundtable Discussion Series - Reading, Viewing, Thinking and Acting

The Center for Education and Equity of African American Students is hosting a year-long roundtable discussion series which will focus on current issues facing African American students.

A series of articles and/or videos will be sent out to interested participants in advance to encourage discussion during the roundtable. Also, the Center will host a summer book study (June-August) which will follow the same discussion format as the roundtables.

All events will be held from 4:30-6:30p.m. in Room 219 of the Child Development Research Center, 1530 Wheat Street, Columbia, SC. For additional information or copies of articles and video links contact Jennifer Reed via email at or phone at 803.777.0092.

Roundtable Date

CEEAAS 2017 Roundtable Discussions

January 19, 2017
Article: Ladson-Billings, G. (2011). Boyz to men? Teaching to restore Black boys’ childhood. Race Ethnicity and Education, 14(1), 7-15.
Video: Dean Leslie Fenwick of Howard University delivering the W.E.B. DuBois Distinguished Lecture for the Research Focus on Black Education SIG at AERA, 2013. (47 minutes)
February 16, 2017 Article: Sokolower, J. (2016). Space for young Black women:  An interview with Candice Valenzuela. Rethinking Schools. 28-33.
Video: Marley Dias - #1000 BlackGirlBooks for libraries and schools. (4 minutes)
March 16, 2017 Article: Boutte, G. S., & Johnson, G. L., Jr. (2013). Funga Alafia. Toward welcoming, understanding and respecting African American Speakers’ Bilingualism and Biliteracy. Equity and Excellence in Education. Special Issue on Social Justice Approaches to African American Language and Literacies, 46(3), 300-314.
Video: Jamila Lyiscott: 3 ways to speak English (5 minutes)
April 20, 2017 Article: Ladson-Billings, G. (2016). “# Literate Lives Matter” Black Reading, Writing, Speaking, and Listening in the 21st Century. Literacy Research: Theory, Method, and Practice, 65(1), 141-151.
Video: Dr. Bettina Love on Cultural Memory in Youth Creativity and Hip Hop (6 minutes)
May 18, 2017 Morrell, E., & Duncan-Andrade, J. M. (2002). Promoting academic literacy with urban youth through engaging hip-hop culture. English journal, 88-92.
Video: Gloria Ladson-Billings: “Hip Hop, Hip Hope: (R) Evolution of Culturally Relevant Pedagogy” (1 hour, 34 minutes)
June 22, 2017 Book Study: Coates, T. N. (2015). Between the World and Me. New York, NY: Spiegel & Grau.
Video: Ta-Nehisi Coates on Being Black in America (6 minutes)
July 20, 2017 Book Study: Emdin, C. (2016). For White Folks Who Teach in the Hood... and the Rest of Y'all Too: Reality Pedagogy and Urban Education. Boston, MA: Beacon Press.
August 17, 2017 Book Study: Alim, H. S., & Smitherman, G. (2012).  Articulate While Black. (Barack Obama, Language, and Race in the U.S.). Oxford, England: Oxford University Press.
September 21, 2017  Article: Milner IV, H. R. (2011). Culturally relevant pedagogy in a diverse urban classroom. The Urban Review, 43(1), 66-89.
October 19, 2017  Article: Boutte, G. S., Johnson, G. L., Wynter-Hoyt, K., & Uyoata, U.E. (2017). Using African Diaspora Literacy to heal and restore the souls of Black folks. International critical childhood policy studies journal, 6(1), 66-79.
Additional Reading: The Kamtok Project
November 16, 2017 Article: Johnson, L. L. (2016). Using critical race theory to explore race-based conversations through a critical family book club. Literacy Research: Theory, Method, and Practice, 65, 300-315.          
December 14, 2017 Multi-Article Discussion:
Restorative classroom discipline [pdf]
Examples of Restorative Justice, courtesy of the Colorado School Safety Resource Center
8 Tips for Schools Interested in Restorative Justice
Video: Repairing our schools through restorative justice: Jean Klasovsky at TEDxWellsStreetED (13 minutes)


Doctoral Symposium Series  

The center will host three symposiums related to research methods and pedagogies for Black Education. Dates to be announced soon. Check back for more details throughout 2017.


Online Equity Series

The online equity series is a series of short video commentaries about specific issues featuring CEEAAS staff or guests. They will be archived online.

January - Equity in Curriculum Representation and Perspectives
February  - Equity in Special Education
March - Equity in Mathematics
April - Equity in Science
May - Equity in English Language Arts
June - Equity in Social Studies
July - Equity in the Arts
August - Equity in Research Methodology
September -  Equity Pedagogies                   
October - Equity in Gifted, Advanced Placement, and Honors Practices, Pedagogy, and Policies
November - Linguistic Equity          
December - Restorative and Equitable Classroom Management Practices