LiberatED Too

LiberatED Too

Friday, April 12, 2024 – Saturday, April 13, 2024


Bruce R. Watkins Center

3700 Blue Pkwy, Kansas City, MO

LiberatED II(Too) was created for and by Black Male Educators, although the conference is open to all interested in justice and understanding the perspectives of Black Male Educators.

Conference sessions will focus on Black Male Educator Best Practices, Education Policy & Funding, Attracting & Retaining Black Male Educators, Trauma Informed Teaching, Career Opportunities, and How to Be an Accomplice for Black Male Educators.

As Black Men represent only 2% of teachers in the United States, many school faculties do not reflect the student populations they serve. However, all students benefit from a diverse teacher workforce.

LiberatED provides space for Black Male Educators to share their best practices, successes, and struggles. In doing so, participants from all walks of life will leave LiberatED empowered to continue their work toward justice with tools rooted in educational equity.

$25 Single Admission

Includes two days, light breakfast, lunch + drinks

Click or tap the button below to register for the conference.

BLOC Builder // $500

  • Name on event collateral, e-newsletter and website
  • Social media thank you + special acknowledgement at event

BLOC Bricklayer // $1,000

  • Name on event collateral, e-newsletter and website
  • Social media thank you + special acknowledgement at event

BLOC Architect // $2,500

  • Name on event collateral, e-newsletter and website
  • Social media thank you + special acknowledgement at event
  • Logo on signage at the event + event materials

BLOC Influencer // $5,000

  • Name on event collateral, e-newsletter and website
  • Social media thank you + special acknowledgement at event
  • Logo on signage at the event + event materials
  • Promotional materials distributed to LiberatED attendees
  • Company/organization’s name, logo and hyperlink on BLOC website

BLOC Mason // $7,500

  • Name on event collateral, e-newsletter and website
  • Social media thank you + special acknowledgement at event
  • Logo on signage at the event + event materials
  • Promotional materials distributed to LiberatED attendees
  • Company/organization’s name, logo and hyperlink on BLOC website

BLOC Angel // $10,000

  • Name on event collateral, e-newsletter and website
  • Social media thank you + special acknowledgement at event
  • Logo on signage at the event + event materials
  • Promotional materials distributed to LiberatED attendees
  • Company/organization’s name, logo and hyperlink on BLOC website
  • Prominent logo on collateral materials and in live mentions

Schedule

Friday, April 12th

3:30PM – 5:00PM

Opportunity Fair

Find your next opportunity on the BLOC!

Mix and Mingle with local organizations, education institutions, and school districts.

5:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Superintendents Panel

LiberatED Too is Brothers Liberating Our Communities’ opportunity to highlight and recognize the vital roles that Black men play in community Liberation.

To begin our convening, we will hear from five current and former superintendents about the importance of their unique leadership.

Harrison Neal

Harrison Neal

Assistant Superintendent
Kansas City, Missouri Public Schools

Yaw Obeng

Yaw Obeng

Superintendent
Hickman Mills School District

Eric Johnson

Eric Johnson

Assistant Superintendent
North Kansas City Public Schools

Anthony Lewis

Anthony Lewis

Superintendent
Lawrence, Kansas Public Schools

Dennis Carpenter

Dennis Carpenter

Former Superintendent
Lee’s Summit School District

Harrison Peters

Harrison Peters

CEO and Founder
Men of Color in Educational Leadership (MCEL)

6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Liberatory Art - An Icebreaker

LiberatED Too is Brothers Liberating Our Communities’ opportunity to highlight and recognize the vital roles that Black men play in community Liberation.

To help break the ice and build authentic connections, we have lined up a talented group of Black Male Educators and Artists to guide us through an opening activity!

Logan Stacer

Logan Stacer

Executive Artistic Director
Heartland Arts KC – Sketch Comic

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Ryan Harvey

Ryan S. Harvey

Motivational Speaker, Founder/Creator/em>
“The Strongest Man in the Room” Mentoring – Spoken Word/Poetry

Warren Harvey

Warren “Stylez”
Harvey

Artist/ Creator, Warren Harvey Art
Gallery – Visual Arts

Samuel Lockridge

Samuel Lockridge

Founder/Creative Director
Kreative Mindz Performing Arts Academy – Dance

Saturday, April 13th | 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Breakout Session 1

Liberation Through Collaboration

Civic Partnership and Organizing – Family and Communities – Higher Education – Homeschooling – Alternative Education – Social, Mental and Emotional Health

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Black Male Educator of the Year Award

Pastor Ulysses Bestey

Pastor Ulysses Bestey

BLOC will recognize Pastor Bestey for his decades of service to the Kansas City Community through Early Childhood Education at the Erma L. Williams Learning Center.

Join us for a catered lunch from, “What’s On Your Plate” and celebrate Pastor Bestey with us!

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Breakout Session 2

Dr Marcus Broadhead

Dr. Marcus
Broadhead

Liberation Through Curriculum

Science/Math/Technology – Fine & Performing Arts – Humanities

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Keynote Presentation

Curtis Valentine Headshot

Curtis Valentine

Co-Director of the Progressive Policy Institute’s Reinventing America’s Schools Project. Curtis comes to this position with over 15 years experience in local, state, federal, and international education policy. Curtis currently serves as Adjunct Professor at the University of Maryland, College Park and as At-Large member of the Prince George’s County (MD) Board of Education. Prior to joining the Progressive Policy Institute, Curtis served as Consultant to the National Council on Teacher Quality. In the past, Curtis served as Executive Director for State Relations with Connections Education, a virtual K-12 public school provider, where he directed state level education policy in Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin, Maryland, and Virginia. Prior to joining Connections Education, Curtis was International Affairs Fellow (IAF) with the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). Curtis was the first IAF posted to the Education Department where he served in Secretary Arne Duncan’s Office of International Affairs. As a fellow, Curtis promoted American economic competitiveness by examining the education reform efforts of four developed countries (Finland, Poland, Canada, and South Africa). Curtis is a graduate of Morehouse College and Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. At Harvard Kennedy School’s Commencement, Curtis received the highest student honor: the Robert F. Kennedy award for excellence in public service for his work in post-Katrina New Orleans. After graduating from Morehouse College, Curtis joined the Peace Corps and traveled to South Africa where he led a professional development-training program for primary school educators. After two years, Curtis returned to the Maryland and became an 8th grade Language Arts Teacher. A former appointee to the Governor’s Workforce Investment Board in Maryland, Curtis is a Contributor to the Huffington Post, the Washington Post, The Atlantic, the National Council on Teacher Quality Blog, and the Council on Foreign Relation’s Renewing America blog.

Click or tap the button below to register for the conference.

Click or tap the button below to register for the conference.

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