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April 23, 2021 – April 24, 2021


A two-day virtual convening focused on the Black Male Educator perspective. Hear from national and local Black Male Educators discussing Anti-racist Practices and Black Male Educator Data and Research. Come have conversations about Liberating Yourself, Your Class, and Your Community. 


Evo Hannan

Teacher, Ed Talks Live

Evo is the creator and host of the Global Education Talk show – Ed Talks Live. Evo focuses on creativity in education and helping teachers engage with students and families more effectively.

Dr. Tyrone Bates

President/CEO True Empowering, LLC

Tyrone Bates, Ed.D., is Shawnee Mission’s first-ever Coordinator of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. Over the past several years, Bates has been leading diversity and equity workshops for a variety of groups — from upper level administrators to elementary students.

Jason Terrell

Co-Founder/Executive Director, Profound Gentlemen

Jason Terrell is the co-founder and co-chief executive officer of Profound Gentlemen. Profound Gentlemen provides better opportunities for young black boys by ensuring they have positive role models inside and outside of the classroom.

Ayodele Harrison

Senior Partner, Education Director , BMEsTalk CommunityBuild Ventures

As Senior Partner, Education with CommunityBuild Ventures (CBV), Ayodele channels his 20+ years of working in public, private and international schools, to support schools and districts in remedying and reversing the educational inequities our students, parents, caregivers, teachers, staff and community members experience everyday.

Brandon Calloway

Executive Director , GIFT

Curtis Valentine

Founder / CEO, Real Men Teach

Dr. Anthony Lewis

Superintendent , Lawrence Public Schools

Dr. Auburn E. Ellis

Founder / CEO, Studio 54oo

Dr. Chris Emdin

Professor , Columbia University

Dr. Dennis Carpenter

CEO/Founder , Aspirational Insights

Dr. Dennis L. Carpenter has worked in the education field for more than two decades. For the past 14 years he has served in senior level administrative roles. Dr. Carpenter has served as superintendent of schools in urban and suburban districts.

Dr. Gloria Ladson-Billings

Profesor Emerita, University Madison-Wisconsin

Dr. Gloria Ladson-Billings is the former Kellner Family Distinguished Professor of Urban Education in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction and faculty affiliate in the Department of Educational Policy Studies at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She also investigates Critical Race Theory applications to education.

Dr. Jayson Strickland

Superintendent , Hogan Prep

A true educational advocate for our youth, guiding and encouraging them to a bright future for over 3 decades. Dr. Strickland has a passion for the growth and success of all young people. His mission is to cultivate and mobilize leadership that creates ideal educational environments for all stakeholders and ultimately results in young people being prepared for an evolving future.

Dr. Keith Jones

Principal , Platte Country SD

Dr. Mark Bedell

Superintendent , Kansas City Public Schools

Kansas City Public Schools Superintendent Mark T. Bedell, Ed.D. is a talented, caring teacher and administrator and one of the top urban public-school leaders in the United States. As the child of a working-class family in upstate New York, he overcame significant challenges and was inspired to take his education seriously by teachers and other caring adults who pushed him to achieve his dreams. 

Dr. Rodney Smith

Co-Founder , Sophic Solutions

As co-founder and managing partner, Rodney is Sophic’s lead authority on issues related to diversity, equity and inclusion. His expertise specifically pertains to African American student achievement, urban education and culturally responsive pedagogy.

Dr. Sean Stallings

Superintendent , DeLaSalle Learning Center

Emir Davis

Director of Black Male Engagement, Center for Black Teacher Development

Dr. Eric Johnson

Principal , Winnetonka HS

Dr. Vashawn Smith

Principal , Grandview HS

Jason Allen

Community Builder
Profound Gentlemen

Rakim Amalu Jenkins

The Insightful Teacher
Abolitionist, Motivational Speaker, Mentor, Life Coach, Educational Consultant
High School History Teacher, Bronx, NY

Ritchie Cherry

Increasing the number of Black Male Educators in KCPS
Director Recruiting and Retention Kansas City, Missouri Public Schools

Colmon Holmes

The Psychological State of the Black Community

Paul Turner

Diverse Curriculum in KCMSD
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Friday, April 23rd

05:00 PM – 06:30 PM

Black Males in Educational Leadership

A Panel Discussion

Joing local superintendents principals and school leaders as they speak about their success and challenges as black man in a mostly white education space.

06:35 PM – 08:00 PM

Artful Liberation

Sip n Paint with Dr. Auburn

Liberate yourself and your week through a soul-full sip n paint!

Saturday, April 24th

09:00 AM – 10:30 AM

Supporting Black Male Educators with Accompliceship in your School

As white educators, what are the tools and mindsets necessary to support Black Male Educators?

Join Keith and Tyrone as they talk about practical ways to support black male educators in mostly white spaces.

Liberation of the Black Community

Join Voices of the People as they speak on the history of the Panther Party, activism and education, and future liberation that starts with us.

Engaging with Parents and Families in our communities

Vashawn Smith
Principal , Grandview HS

Principal Smith will be speaking his his success and learnings as a building leader from this year’s covid crisis.

Recruiting more Black Male Educators

Jason Terrell
Co-Founder/Executive Director, Profound Gentlemen

Join Profound Gentlemen talk about strategies they have seen be successful around recruiting more black men into education.

The Unmasking

A prerequisite for creating a foundation for transformational work

Ayodele Harrison
Senior Partner, Education Director, BMEsTalk CommunityBuild Ventures

A “container” is a required prerequisite for teams, groups or committees that seek to examine and dismantle systems and practices that hinder educational equity and justice within their schools.  A supportive working container assists committee members, representing diverse spectrums, with developing a connection to each other, the work ahead, and themselves. This workshop will introduce and lead a short practice of Brave Space Building (BSB) – a framework for building a container that allows members to “unmask” – show up fully – so they can share selves and experiences authentically, and engage more deeply in tackling issues that disproportionately impact the lives of those who have experienced inequities in education because of their identities.

Participants will walk away with: 

  •  A 6-part framework for building a working “container” that serves as a necessary foundation for transformational work
  • Practical strategies for integrating the framework into committee meetings, community engagement events, and professional development experiences. 
  • Tools to ready oneself to understand, embrace and embody racial equity and justice. 

Sustaining Black Males in Education

Programming and Development that matters for Black Male Educators

Emir Davis
Director of Black Male Engagement, Center for Black Teacher Development

The Center for Black Teacher Development will give us their recent tactics and ideas for retaining their black male educators.

10:35 AM – 12:00 PM

Keynote Presentation

Curtis Valentine and Dr. Chris Emdin

Come join some men at the forefront of revolutionizing education.

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