The 18th Summer Institute held by A Black Education Network (ABEN) focused on Pedagogies & Practices for Successfully Reaching African American Students. At the institute, 120 educators from throughout the country gathered to engage with, learn from, and share best practices with the nation’s most inspiring Black educators. This year’s institute included SOE’s Dean Joi Spencer as a keynote speaker.
During Dean Spencer’s keynote address, she shared her insights on the importance of advancing Black education and empowering the next generation of leaders. She also went over hallmarks of Black affirming spaces and gave examples of her experience running the STEAM Summer Academy in San Diego, Ca. Her keynote address paid special attention to education liberation and equity, teaching math to Black students, and using storytelling and familial experiences to educate students.
After Dean Spencer's address one attendee said, "The opportunity I see now is the urgency to embed Black culture and ideas into math lessons. Therefore, more Black children are excited about learning math and identify with the math being taught. Then the narrative and outcome can be changed in a positive way."
What did folks take away from Dean Spencer’s keynote?
Below is a list of notes that highlight what resonated most with attendees after they heard Dean Spencer’s keynote, and what opportunities they thought of for applying what they heard in their spheres of influence.
What resonated most:
What does ABEN do?
ABEN reverses the backward slide by facilitating academic and cultural excellence wherever our children and youth are--using culturally informed research, technology, visionary parent education, and networking in our communities here and in diaspora contexts.
ABEN combines and disseminates evidence-based research findings, education strategies, and culture through offering professional development opportunities, student-focused programming, and curricula designed to empower the educators of Black students and Black students themselves. Specifically, ABEN supports and partners with educational institutions - schools, churches, non-profit organizations, educators, researchers, parents, corporations, foundations, especially those who focus on African-centered education - that work to ensure Black students reach their full potential.