2021 Sources Conference Program
9 – 9:30 a.m.
9:30- 10:30 a.m.
Without a Vision, the Children Perish
Luther E. Smith, Jr., Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus of Church and Community
Candler School of Theology, Emory University
Keynote description: Creating and sustaining educational programs that enrich children’s lives rely upon compelling visions of beloved community. Educators are wise to perceive together the images of their visions and to identify the practices that empower their visions. Beloved community is possible and necessary for a future worth anticipating.
Moderator: Brian Williams, Georgia State University
11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Storying Humanizing Teacher Education
CREATE Teacher Residency Program
Panelists: Members from Georgia State University’s Center for Equity and Justice in Teacher Education and CREATE Teacher Residency Program: Rosalynne Duff, David Mitchem, Rhina Williams, Kamaria Korta, Darius Johnson, Samara Ryce, Lawdia Kennedy, Sydney Carthan
Moderators: Nadia Behizadeh, Chantee Earl, Thomas Albright, Stephanie Cross, Georgia State University
Session description: In this presentation, teachers and teacher educators from GSU’s CREATE Teacher Residency Program will share stories of experience related to Humanizing Teacher Education. Drawing on Freire (1970), Bartolomé (1994), Salazar (2013), and Carter Andrews and colleagues (Carter Andrews & Castillo, 2016; Carter Andrews et al, 2019), panelists will discuss how we dream — together — about new ways forward in teacher preparation that centers critical consciousness development, prioritizes ontological and epistemological plurality, and builds on the sociocultural realities of students and teachers through the examination of political dimensions of education and schooling. Using a paired storytelling format, we aim to life up what this looks like in our practice and name where we intend to grow in this work. The session will close with an invitation for audience members to share their stories of experience in humanizing teacher education, alongside statements of action/commitment from all on how we individually and collectively intend to move toward revolutionary, humanizing approaches to teacher education and support. This presentation will be of particular interest to teacher educators in university settings and in K-12 schools, particularly those trying to reimagine new ways forward in teacher education.
12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
ARTivism: The power of creatives to design transformative spaces for humanizing education
Panelists: Natalie Davis, Georgia State University and German DuBois, HOPE Murals
Session description: Historically, creatives have played a critical role in the development of spaces that inspire imagination, connection, conversation, and reflection in our world. Join us for a conversation about the artful learning movement and its potential to transform today’s learning communities into spaces rooted in a vision for humanizing education. The panelists will explore the role and responsibility of creatives in public education, current research and scholarship on artful learning, and the innovative programs and practices that are creating opportunities for our children to share their ideas with the world.
2 – 3 p.m.
Humanizing STEM Education: What does access for all really mean in the Southeast?
Errika Moore, STEM Funders Network; Tamara Pearson, Spelman College; Marsha Francis, STE(A)M Truck
Session description: Three STEM professionals offer their direct experiences and perspectives in their pursuit of supporting, creating, offering, and sustaining opportunities for humanizing the STE(A)M experiences of teachers, students, their families, and communities in urban contexts. The hyper visibility and reliance on STEM has grown, in schools and society writ large. The purpose and practice of STEM pedagogy can either stifle or liberate; dehumanize or humanize. What then are the critical experiences necessary to ensure that historically marginalized students feel rooted and connected to their STEM learning experiences in healthy viable ways that help facilitate their active participation in transforming the world; and why should it matter?
3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Kuumba: Ancestral Healing Wisdom to Interrupt Menticide as Schooling
Venus E. Evans-Winters, Ph.D.
In conversation with: Janice Baines (teacher), Janice Byrd, Ph.D. (Assistant Professor), and Lynette Shaw (undergraduate student)
Keynote description: In this presentation, Evans-Winters will discuss the role of racial and gender consciousness in acknowledging collective racial trauma and African-centered approaches to collective healing in educational spaces. This discussion has implications for teacher education, higher education, and K-12 schooling. The presentation will be of particular interest to graduate students, student support services staff, and Black educators.