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Sources of Urban Educational Excellence Conference

NEW SOURCES

Breaking (The Neutral) Ground:
Collaboration, Negotiation and Celebration in Urban Education

Conference Dates: October 21-23, 2016
Pre-conference Dates: October 17-21, 2016

 PROPOSALS

Notification of Selection: by 5:00 p.m. EST on Friday, July 8, 2016

 

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October 21-23 2016
More conference details will be posted as updates become available.


All proposals must be submitted electronically* no later than 11:59 p.m. on Friday, June 3, 2016. Proposal Submission 

*No other submission formats will be accepted.

The 11th Annual Sources of Urban Educational Excellence Conference conference committee invites proposals on all topics related to the theme of Breaking (The Neutral) Ground: Collaboration, Negotiation and Celebration in Urban Education.

For the past 11 years, the Sources of Urban Educational Excellence Conference has served as a critical space for the discussion and dissemination of solutions to the challenges facing urban education in the southeast United States. The conference serves as a gathering space for Dr. Alonzo A. Crim’s Community of Believers; a collection of individuals from various fields who have committed themselves to breaking out of their professional silos while cultivating and sustaining quality urban schools.

The conference committee welcomes proposals that examine the different aspects of urban education from a variety of perspectives. Thus, the conference seeks to not only highlight the research and perspectives of higher education faculty and scholars, but also strongly encourages submissions from pre-service and in-service educators, graduate students, activists, policy makers, artists, business and industry members, and community workers interested in forging a positive educational agenda in urban schools. While all proposals of quality are welcome, especially encouraged are those that specifically address this year’s theme – Breaking (The Neutral) Ground: Collaboration, Negotiation and Celebration in Urban Education.

The 2016 theme calls attention to the need for “controversy with civility” where individuals and organizations can come together in a communal space to discuss and/or hash out sometimes difficult conversations that impact urban education. It draws upon the history of neutral grounds in New Orleans; large tracts of grass-covered land that run between streets and neighborhoods throughout the city. It is believed that these neutral grounds (also known as medians) once served as spaces for the city’s various racial and ethnic groups to meet outside of their segregated communities. Thus, neutral grounds were places where groups with different values, beliefs, worldviews and norms could learn ways to value each other and “break new ground” towards enlightened understanding, informed action, conscious resolution and critical reflection. In the same light, the 11th Annual Sources Conference endeavors to serve as a neutral ground where urban education collaborations, conflicts/negotiations and celebrations can be addressed in a solutions-focused context.


Individuals or groups proposing a session for this year’s conference should identify one of the following strands for the presentation and select a presentation format:
Breaking Ground: Submissions to this strand will focus on new and emerging ideas aimed at creating quality educational opportunities for children in urban communities. Presentations in this strand will extend or challenge established frameworks, policies, paradigms and narratives regarding excellence in urban education. This strand will serve as a space for dynamic conversations regarding excellence in urban education. While critique of existing ideas is necessary, presenters in this strand should focus on specific emerging ideas and how those ideas will support excellence in urban education.

Collaboration: Submissions to this strand will focus on work that bridges two or more professional, philosophical, political or disciplinary communities. Presentations in this strand will focus on the complex nature of urban education and solutions that emerge from collaboration. In addition to presentations that bridge communities, we also welcome sessions that present solutions for inviting conversation and collaboration across communities that may appear to have conflicting values, priorities, missions and ideals.

Compromise & Negotiation: Submissions to this strand will focus on how individuals or organizations navigate conflict, disagreement and dissent as they arise in the work. Presenters in this strand will focus on these struggles, the challenges they create, and the strategies for addressing them even if the process of compromise and negotiation is ongoing. This session will serve as a space for exploring the often uncomfortable, ignored and potentially destructive aspects of collaborative work.

Celebration & Reflection: Submissions to this strand will focus proven solutions to challenges in urban education. Presenters in the strand will focus on frameworks, strategies, interventions and programs rooted in action research, community/organizational engagement and targeted practice. In addition to celebrating the successes of the work, presenters may also reflect on the obstacles, pitfalls and lessons learned on the road to success. The sessions will serve as a space of dissemination for effective solutions in urban education, a springboard for discussions around the future of urban education, and the application of recognized solutions to emerging challenges and possibilities. Presentations that relate to building capacity for future endeavors in urban education will be given priority.

Conversations with Community are designed to create spaces for open dialogue among participants on a topic that connects to or supports excellence in urban education. Presenters will briefly frame the topic and then facilitate a large group discussion. These sessions focus less on presenting a single person’s ideas and more on connecting perspectives from a variety of participants.
Allotted time: 60 minutes

Panel Discussions provide opportunities for a group of individuals to present ideas on a common topic or theme that connects to or supports excellence in urban education. The session should include a panel of three to five panelists and a facilitator. Sessions should also include time for a facilitated dialogue with participants.
Allotted time: 60 minutes

Focus15s are brief presentations that focus on a specific topic. Each Focus15 presenter will have 15 minutes to present ideas that connect to or support excellence in urban education. These straight-to-the-point talks are meant to inspire questions and dialogue. Allotted time: 60 minutes

Workshops offer a hands-on/minds-on opportunity to focus on a specific topic or idea that connects to or supports excellence in urban education. Sessions are designed to create spaces for direct engagement with the topics in creative and innovative ways. Sessions should provide participants with opportunities to explore the topic and engage in valuable discussions. Slots for workshops are extremely limited. We anticipate scheduling no more than four workshops for this year’s conference.
Allotted time: 120 minutes


The Alonzo A. Crim Center for Urban Education Excellence (CUEE) was established in 1996 by Dr. Lisa Delpit to provide a “city-wide laboratory for the development of excellence in urban education.” Since its inception, the CUEE has served the southeast region of the nation as an interdisciplinary outreach, research and educational support and development hub aimed at continuing the legacy of Dr. Alonzo A. Crim.

It is the mission of the Alonzo A. Crim Center for Urban Educational Excellence to extend Dr. Crim’s vision by optimizing the life opportunities of children and families in urban communities by ensuring the availability of a prosperous and equitable school environment. We believe that through our work we can create a world where all children have equal access to educational opportunities that prepare them to be academically excellent, culturally competent and critically conscious. Please visit the rest of our website for more information.

SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS"

All proposals must be submitted electronically* no later than 11:59 p.m. on Friday, June 3, 2016. Proposal Submission 

*No other submission formats will be accepted.

 

Please direct questions to dsalter@gsu.edu

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Reconstructing the Narrative:

Stories of Change, Equity, and Promise in Urban Education

When: May 2, 2015

Where: Georgia State University Student Center, 44 Courtland St. SW

The Sources of Urban Educational Excellence is a regional conference with the mission of improving urban education by providing innovative avenues for interaction and collaboration between stakeholders. During the conference, undergraduate and graduate students from colleges and universities throughout the southeast, university faculty, educators, and other community stakeholders present research and ideas related to excellence in urban education. The 2014 Sources of Urban Education Excellence Conference hosted more than 180 attendees from Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina. The program included presentations from individuals from:

Georgia State University, Clark Atlanta University, Emory University, Emory University School of Medicine, University of Georgia, Mercer University, University of North Georgia, Kennesaw State University, Berry College, Center for Teacher Effectiveness and the National Association for Multicultural Education.

In addition to the conference presentations, the Sources Conference also invites recognized leaders in urban education to serve as keynote speakers throughout the day. Past keynote speakers have included Dr. Joyce King, Dr. Adrienne Dixson, Dr. Alfred “Coach” Powell and Dr. Layli Maparyan. Conference attendees are provide breakfast and lunch during the day as well as printed program of the conference proceedings. This is all provided to the community at no cost to the participants.

camara This year's keynote speaker is Dr. Camara Phyllis Jones, MD, MPH, PhD is Senior Fellow at the Satcher Health Leadership Institute, Morehouse School of Medicine, and President-Elect of the American Public Health Association.

Dr. Jones is a family physician and epidemiologist whose work focuses on the impacts of racism on the health and well-being of the nation.  She seeks to broaden the national health debate to include not only universal access to high quality health care, but also attention to the social determinants of health (including poverty) and the social determinants of equity (including racism).As a teacher, her allegories on "race" and racism illuminate topics that are otherwise difficult for many Americans to understand or discuss.  She hopes through her work to initiate a national conversation on racism that will eventually lead to a National Campaign Against Racism.

We are pleased to announce the pre-conference schedule of events for this year’s Sources of Urban Educational Excellence Conference.  These events are all free and open to the public. Please feel free to share this announcement with others who might be interested. If you have questions, please contact the Alonzo A. Crim Center for Urban Educational Excellence at 404-413-8070.

Wednesday April 29: Voices of the Believers: An Evening of Poetry Celebrating Urban Education
Where: Speaker's Auditorium at GSU Student Center,
44 Courtland St. SE Atlanta, GA 30303
Time: 7-9:00 PM 

Join us for an evening of poetry and spoken word aimed at celebrating excellence in urban education through creative expression. Poets, Michael Molina and Celeste McNeil, will be the featured artists for the evening. Both Michael and Celeste have roots in education and teaching and both have been recognized for their innovative creative endeavors. The event will weave together poetry and dialogue about education, social justice, and the arts.

Thursday April 30: SideNote II: A Night of Service and Soul
Where: Sidebar, 79 Poplar Street, Atlanta, GA 30303
Time: 8-10:00 PM

Join us for our second annual night of service and soul! Come out and enjoy music provided my DJ 5Star along with LIVE musical performances from local artists as we collect donations and educational supplies to support our community youth. Monetary or school supply donations are required for admission and all proceeds will be donated to Renaissance Learning Center.

Donations can be made at Sidenote 2 and at the Alonzo A. Crim Center, Suite 350, 30 Pryor Street until Thursday, April 30th. For questions, contact us at sidenote2@gmail.com or 404-413-8070.

Friday, May 1: Crim Center Happy Hour II (C2H2)
Where: Dania’s, 26 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, GA 30303
Time: 5-6:30 PM

You are cordially invited to the Crim Center Happy Hour II (C2H2).  Come out prepared to meet great people, share in good laughter, and relax with the Crim Center.  As I’m sure you remember from your Freshman Chemistry class, C2H2 is the chemical formula for acetylene. We just know the night will be explosive!!

Friday, May 1: Screening of The E-Word: A Documentary on the Ebonics Debate followed by a discussion with Dr. Jonathan Gayles
Where: Speaker's Auditorium at GSU Student Center,
44 Courtland St. SE Atlanta, GA 30303
Time: 7-9:00 PM

The E-Word, written, directed and produced by Jonathan Gayles, PhD, critically considers the Ebonics Resolution adopted by Oakland Unified Schools in 1996 as well as the myriad influences on the public debate (or lack thereof) that erupted as a result of the Resolution. Through the use of archival footage and interviews with scholars, policymakers and, most importantly, those directly involved with the Resolution, the documentary pursues a coherent and comprehensive engagement of Ebonics. You can learn more about the film at ewordfilm.com. The screening of the film will be followed by conversation with Dr. Gayles.

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In collaboration with the Georgia State University Office of Sustainability, we are asking everyone to download the program to their mobile or other device instead of printing the program. A limited number of printed programs will be available at the conference.

Download the Conference Program 

Free parking for the Sources Conference is available in the G Parking Deck. Get more information regarding the G parking deck.

IMPORTANT: Use this entrance to get into the G Parking Deck: 121 Collins St., Atlanta GA, 30303

Directions to Student Center

Please enter "Student Center" into the GSU Interactive map located here.

Student Center Address: 101 Piedmont Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30303

Thank you for taking the post- Sources Conference survey.

At the end of this survey, in partnership with the GSU Athletic Department, we are pleased to offer you two complimentary tickets to ANY Georgia State University home  football game during the 2015 season! Just click the link at the end of the survey to get your tickets.

Special thanks to the Georgia State University Athletic Department—we're excited to be a part of Dr. Alonzo A. Crim's "Community of Believers" with you as we support excellence in education. GO PANTHERS!

Survey link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Sources2015[/item]

In honor of the 10th Annual Sources of Urban Educational Excellence Conference the Alonzo A. Crim Center for Urban Education Excellence is launching a campaign to highlight inspiring and empowering stories of community members’ personal experiences in public education.  These stories can be about the influence of a teacher, a community rallying together to strengthen a school, or anything that contributes to the positive narrative of urban education.

To participate use the hashtag #Sources2015 across your social media sites to share a short video or narrative featuring your story.  Be sure to follow the Crim Center on Twitter and Instagram at @AlonzoACrimCUEE, and like us on Facebook at  facebook.com/CrimCenter. The campaign will continue throughout the year.

We would like to extend a special 'thank you' to the following organizations for their support of the 10th Annual Sources of Urban Educational Excellence Conference: