About the 2021 VIRTUAL Sources Conference
Thank you for attending the 16th Annual Sources Conference!
The theme for the 2021 Sources of Urban Educational Excellence Conference is Shifting Our Gaze: Towards a (Re)Humanizing Urban Education. This year’s Sources conference invited us to shift our gaze from seeing the dehumanized versions of our children, our communities, and ourselves towards education as the practice of healing and liberation. By working to see ourselves and our communities in authentic ways, we will develop the consciousness required to imagine new possibilities and transform our world for the better. This is representative of a humanizing education.
This year’s Sources conference presented ideas, scholarship, and models aimed at deepening our community’s understanding of a humanizing urban education.
Pre-Conference Event: November 10, 2021 at 6:30 p.m. EST
Thank you for attending!
PRE-CONFERENCE EVENT: Book talk featuring Vincent Willis (University of Alabama) discussing his new book Audacious Agitation: Black Youth and the Uncompromising Commitment to Equal Education. Book talk recording posted below.
About Audacious Agitation by Vincent Willis, Ph.D.:
In the decade after the landmark 1954 Brown v. Board decision, it became clear to students, parents, and community members alike that court cases were insufficient in the pursuit of educational justice. This book explores what made it difficult for educational equality to become obtainable after the Brown decision as well as the resilience and activism of younger Black students who sought to enforce equality—even when the government could not. The 1954 ruling enabled public schools to reach a degree of desegregation but did not enable them to become “the learning institutions they could have become” due to the actions of white officials and local white communities who construed Black youth’s articulation of educational
redress as “adversarial” instead of as a “communal enterprise.” Importantly, Audacious Agitation does not portray Black youth as objects of study but rather highlights their powerful agency in increasing opportunity for themselves through the educational system.
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Session Recordings of the 2021 Sources Conference posted in “Conference Program” block below.
2021 Sources Conference Spotlight
2021-2022 Center for Equity and Justice in Teacher Education (CEJTE) Research Initiation Grant Winners
In 2005, Dr. Asa Hilliard and Dr. Susan Crim-McClendon conceptualized the Sources Conference as a space to affirm urban students, their teachers and their work to positively transform their own lives. From its inception, Sources has set out to share the reminder that brilliance in urban education is not unique and that the College of Education and Human Development produces teachers and leaders who are experts in the cultivation of urban educational excellence. We are excited to continue this tradition of affirming the urban educational excellence of educators at the 16th Annual Sources of Urban Educational Excellence Conference by spotlighting examples of early career researcher/educator excellence.
The Center for Equity and Justice in Teacher Education (CEJTE) in collaboration with the CREATETeacher Residency program is pleased to spotlight the winners of the new program of research initiation grants for doctoral students in our College of Education and Human Development.
The winning projects focus on equity and justice in teacher education and advance the mission and vision of CEJTE:
Vision: Justice-centered, critical and racially conscious educators who advocate for all students.
Mission: Grounded in critical, humanizing and culturally relevant theories, the mission of the
Center for Equity and Justice in Teacher Education (CEJTE) is to design, research and reimagine
teacher education in Atlanta and beyond, spanning university teacher preparation to veteran
teacher development and support. We are dedicated to working with teachers, teacher educators,
researchers, community members, and districts to prioritize racial justice and interrupt inequities
in teacher education research, policy and practice.
Click on the videos below to explore these exciting projects.