Sources of Urban Educational Excellence Conference


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October 20, 2018

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Breaking (the Neutral) Ground:

Collaboration, Negotiation, and Celebration in Urban Education

When: October 22-23, 2016

Where: Georgia State University College of Law, 85 Park Pl NE, Atlanta, GA 30303

The 11th Annual Sources of Urban Educational Excellence Conference, scheduled for Oct. 22-23 at Georgia State University’s College of Law (85 Park Place N.E., Atlanta), will bring together educators, graduate students, activists, policy makers, artists, business and industry members, and community workers for a series of panels, presentations and discussions on the conference’s theme, “Breaking (The Neutral) Ground: Collaboration, Negotiation and Celebration in Urban Education.” This conference is hosted by the Alonzo A. Crim Center for Urban Educational Excellence at Georgia State University.

It is believed that neutral grounds in cities like New Orleans – large tracts of grass-covered land that run between streets and neighborhoods throughout the city – 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.

The Sources Conference is growing! In response to feedback from previous conference attendees, for the first time ever the Sources Conference will cover 2 days! In addition, we welcome partnerships with other conferences that aim to "break new ground" on issues that intersect urban education. This year, we are excited to partner with The Committee on Teaching About the United Nations (CTAUN)-Atlanta (ATL). The CTAUN-ATL Conference will run concurrently with the Sources Conference!

CTAUN-ATL exists to provide opportunities for educators to learn, understand and appreciate the work of the U.N., and to incorporate global awareness into curricula and school activities at all levels. This year’s Georgia State CTAUN-ATL conference will forward the interests of the UN by discussing the theme, “Welcoming New Americans: Immigrants and Refugees Strengthen Our Community by focusing on refugee resettlement and immigration reform. To learn more about this year's CTAUN-ATL conference, click on the tab below.

To learn about the presentations at the 2016 Sources-CTAUN-ATL Conference, please click on the link below. We look forward to seeing you on October 22-23, 2016!

Announcing Mosi Makori and the Students at The Center as this year’s Sources closing plenary speaker

Mosi Makori utilizes community-based participatory research-informed knowledge to circumvent the power disparities and negative life outcomes and underdevelopment sustained by the academic, military and prison industrial complex.

Makori arrived through non-traditional action research and organizing internships under the tutelage of Connie Tucker – the first modern-day political prisoner after Rosa Parks. Tucker, former director of Southern Organizing Committee for Economic and Social Justice and Co-Founder of the Selma Bridge Crossing Jubilee and National Voting Rights Museum, ushered Makori into the Black Radical Tradition by way of the Environmental Justice Movement during his matriculation at Morehouse College and Loyola University New Orleans.

Tuesday October 18


The 11th Annual SOURCES of Urban Educational Excellence Conference began with a series of Pre-Conference events. The Pre-Conference Committee held “A Perfect Storm,” a film screening and community forum. On Tuesday October 18th we screened selections from director, educator and philanthropist Phoebe Ferguson’s film A Perfect Storm: The Takeover of New Orleans Public Schools” reveals the real story behind the creation of the nation’s first all-charter school district. A clip of the film is below.

The film, directed by Phoebe Ferguson and Dr. Raynard Sanders, features interviews with leaders in the New Orleans education community who were faced with the daunting task of reopening schools immediately following Hurricane Katrina. The purpose of this event was for the Community of Believers and the Greater Atlanta Community to join us and learn about how the Recovery School District became the blueprint for Georgia’s Opportunity Schools District, what it entails for our primary school children, and what’s you should do about Amendment One on the ballot in the upcoming election.

A Perfect Storm: The Takeover of New Orleans Public Schools Part One 17 Days in November from N.O. Education Equity Roundtable on Vimeo.

Wednesday October 19


Following the Sources Conference themes of collaboration and negotiation, the Pre-Conference Committee bought in Dr. Arash Daneshzadeh to present his work on Restorative Hip-Hop: The Cypher. His work focuses on the collaborative process of healing,and learning to make culturally responsive classrooms. Dr. Daneshzadeh worked with educators, teachers, students and staff and through exercises that walked participants through our own educational experiences to envision that changes we would want in our education system.

Check back soon for an audio transcript of the talk!

Thursday October 20
The last day of Pre-Conference events the committee presented A Book Talk with Dr. Akinyele Omowale Umoja We Will Shoot Back: Armed Resistance in the Mississippi Freedom Movement, at the historic Auburn Avenue Research Library on African-American Culture and History. We Will Shoot Back is a revolutionary work detailing the history of armed resistance, repression, and liberation throughout the Mississippi Freedom Struggle.

In addition to his literary activism Dr. Umoja, is a Professor and Department Chair of African-American Studies at Georgia State University (GSU). Here, he teaches courses related to the history of people of African descent throughout the Diaspora along with courses on Black political thought and social movements.

Thursday October 20

(Open to current students only)


Concurrently, the committee along with the interns of the Alonzo A. Crim Center for Urban Educational Excellence invite all students to join them in tackling the truth behind personal identity, power and privilege.

Power of Students Institute for all Georgia State University students to join in tackling the truth behind personal identity, power, and privilege.

Refreshments provided by Black Student Alliance and Black Graduate Student Association.

Did you really want to go, but missed the event? The interns are putting it on again next semester! Keep Checking here to stay updated!

On Saturday: FREE parking is available in the G Deck on Georgia State University’s campus. !! The COLLINS STREET ENTRANCE IS THE ONLY ONE OPEN on SATURDAY AND SUNDAY!! (121 Collins St., Atlanta, Georgia, 30303). This parking deck is open from 7:00 am – 9:30 pm on Saturday and 11:00 am – 9:30 pm on Sunday.

Once you park in the G Deck, you will walk 2 blocks over to Park Place.

On Sunday: $7.00 parking is located in T Deck on Georgia State University’s campus. The entrance to T-Deck is located on 43 Auburn Avenue, Atlanta, Georgia, 30303. The G Deck on Georgia State University’s campus parking deck is open from 11:00 am – 9:30 pm on Sunday.


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 provided 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 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 The screening of the film will be followed by conversation with Dr. Gayles.

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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!

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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 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: