School of Education Summer Institute on Education Equity & Justice (SIEEJ)

June 27-29, 2019
Shared Voices: Utilizing Anti-Racist Pedagogy to Transform Communities and Schools.

American University Summer Institute on Education Equity and Justice (SIEEJ)

American University's School of Education (SOE) is committed to equity and excellence in education. Our vision is to create meaningful impact by advocating for inclusive learning environments through our research, teaching, service and community outreach.

SOE established the Summer Institute on Education Equity and Justice (SIEEJ, pronounced "seej") in 2018 to provide professional development opportunities for community members, particularly educators, who want to learn promising practices that lead to equitable educational outcomes for underserved students, families, and communities.

The institute's workshops, conducted by experts in the field, focus on educational, legal, and health implications for young people of color. Sessions are designed to change both mindsets and practices (i.e. alternatives to suspension/punishment; strategies to instill a culture of engagement). The overall goal of SIEEJ is to build a community of practice singularly focused on the strengths, challenges, and opportunities in the lives of young people of color and the communities in which they live.

Our 2019 theme is "Shared Voices: Utilizing Antiracist Pedagogy to Transform Communities and Schools." This year's SIEEJ co-sponsors are the American University Washington College of Law and Anti-Racist Research and Policy Center.

For questions, email equityandjustice@american.edu.

Keynote Speakers

Dr. Johnnetta Betsch Cole, Dr. Ibram X. Kendi, Dr. Bettina L. Love, and Matthew R. Kay are the featured keynote speakers at this year's Summer Institute of Education, Equity & Justice conference. 

An educator and anthropologist, Dr. Cole is currently the Chair and President of the National Council of Negro Women (NCNW). She is a former President of Spelman and Bennett colleges and a former Director of the Smithsonian Institute's National Museum of African Art. Dr. Kendi is the author of the 2016 National Book Award Winner (Non-fiction) Stamped From the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America. He is a Professor of History at American University, where he is also the Founding Director of the campus's Antiracist Research and Policy Center. Dr. Love is an Associate Professor of Educational Theory and Practice at the University of Georgia College of Education. She is the author of the book, We Want to Do More Than Survive: Abolitionist Teaching and the Pursuit of Educational Freedom. Mr. Kay is the author of the book Not Light, But Fire: How to Lead Meaningful Race Conversations in the Classroom and Founding Teacher at Science Leadership Academy in Philadelphia.

Schedule at a glance

Event Dates

June 27-29, 2019

Location

Washington College of Law (WCL)
4300 Nebraska Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20016

Day 1

Thursday, June 27, 2019, 4:00pm-7:30pm

4pm-7pm
Registration

5pm-7:30pm
Pre-Institute Networking Reception

Day 2

Friday, June 28, 2019, 8:00am-4:45pm

(All Day)
Registration

8am-9am
Breakfast

9am-10am
Opening Session

10:10am-11:10am
Learning Sessions I

11:20am-12:20pm
Learning Sessions II

12:30pm-1:45pm
Lunch

2pm-3pm
Learning Sessions III

3:10pm-4:10pm
Leadership Session

4:10pm-4:45pm
De-Briefing Session

Day 3

Saturday, June 29, 2019, 8:00am-1:45pm

8am-9am
Breakfast

9:15am-10am
Morning Speaker

10:10am-11:15am
Student Panel Discussion

11:30am-12:30pm
Learning Sessions IV

12:30pm-1:45pm
Lunch and Closing Remarks

American University
Washington College of Law
4300 Nebraska Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20016

The Washington College of Law (WCL) is a short walking distance from the Tenlytown/AU Metro Station (Red Line).

For drivers, WCL has a parking structure located on it campus.

For lodging, there numerous hotels located near the Washington College of Law.

Call for Proposals
Shared Voices: Utilizing Anti-Racist Pedagogy to Transform Communities and Schools

The American University (AU) School of Education Summer Institute on Education, Equity & Justice (SIEEJ) invites proposals that examine education equity and justice in communities and schools. We are particularly interested in proposals that highlight anti-racist practices and interventions currently being utilized in education and community- based settings to promote student success. In order to purposefully examine how anti-racist pedagogy will transform communities and schools, it is imperative to focus on current research practices and evidence-based models that challenge long-standing injustices, including racial, social and cultural inequities. The School of Education is committed to equity and excellence in education. Our vision is to create meaningful impact by advocating for inclusive learning environments through our research, teaching, service and community outreach.

The annual AU Summer Institute on Education Equity and Justice (SIEEJ) was developed to provide professional development opportunities for community members, particularly educators, who want to learn promising practices that lead to equitable educational outcomes for underserved students, families, and communities. This year’s theme is Shared Voices: Utilizing Anti-Racist Pedagogy to Transform Communities and Schools.

We have four (4) overarching themes:

  1. Anti-Racist Pedagogy
  2. Oppressive Systems
  3. Support Structures for Marginalized Communities
  4. Assessment and Evaluation to Combat Racist Pedagogy

We are seeking proposals that explore these themes, and we strongly encourage prospective presenters to submit proposals that

  1. Balance conceptual and theoretical frameworks with concrete, pragmatic examples
  2. Highlight the how-to pieces of a practice, strategy, or model
  3. Facilitate reflection and engagement that helps translate vision into practice
  4. Feature mature evidence-based programs
  5. Foster discovery and problem solving through idea sharing and community building

Proposals should address how the work can be adapted in a wide range of institutional types, including K-12 schools, non-profits, community organizations, and colleges and universities. Presentations will take place from Friday, June 28 and Saturday, June 29. Presenters should plan to be available at the time their session is assigned in the conference program.

If you are interested, submit a proposal.

Session Format

Presentation Workshop

This interactive session provides opportunities for participants to highlight theory and practice. These sessions are scheduled for 45 minutes and should be structured so that some explanatory or introductory information is shared with enough time for audience participation. Presenters should guide participants in examining critical theories and scholarly evidence that support the mechanics of developing inclusive dialogues focused on questioning assumptions and exploring frameworks for equity-focused purposeful pathways for learning. Workshops might engage participants in examining and developing critical pedagogies, courses that connect student learning with real-world issues, curricular/co-curricular initiatives, professional development programs, and strategies for transformation. If you are considering distributing handouts, approximately 30-40 copies are recommended. Reviewers will give priority to proposals that model high-impact practices, such as collaborative and hands-on activities: those that include a diversity of presenters and those that explain how the work applies to varied institutional types.

Deadline

The deadline to submit proposals is Monday, April 15, 2019.

Notifications

The primary session contact will receive an email message indicating the decision on the proposal by Friday, May 3, 2019.

Important Reminders

Registration for SIEEJ

Registration for presenters is $125. All accepted presenters are to register for the conference by the early bird deadline. Conference must be paid for and travel/lodging secured. Please plan to budget accordingly prior to the submission of your proposal. SIEEJ will not cover the cost of travel/lodging/food unless otherwise specified. Presentation times take place Friday, June 28, at 8:00 a.m. through Saturday, June 29, at 12:00 p.m.

Expenses and Fees

All session presenters are responsible for conference registration fees, travel, and hotel expenses. Please ensure that all individuals listed in the proposal have this information and can be available at the appropriate time during the event.

Sharing Presented Resources

Presenters will be asked by SIEEJ to upload all presentation materials prior to presenting. These materials will be used to provide support for the presentation and will then become part of the conference proceedings. This way, your information is accessible beyond your presentation. If your proposal is selected for SIEEJ, you will be provided information on how to upload your materials.

Tickets

  • $180 (Early Bird Registration - extended, now ends June 21, 2019)
  • $99 (Presenter Registration, ends June 1, 2019)
  • $225 (Registration, ends June 28, 2019)
  • $145 (Group Registration [5 or more], ends June 28, 2019 )
  • $20 (Student Registration [High School and Undergraduate], ends June 28, 2019)
  • $75 (P-12 Teachers and Graduate Students; ends June 28, 2019)
  • $75 (AU Faculty, AU Staff, AU Alumni; ends June 28, 2019)

Please contact equityandjustice@american.edu with any questions. Information about discounted hotel rates will be provided to you in your confirmation email after you register.