Teaching Black Boys

Join authors of The Best Selling Book:
The Guide for White Women Who Teach Black Boys
Books available for purchase & signing.

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Dates, Rates & Details

DATENovember 12, 2018
Monday (8:30am-1pm)

LOCATIONFriends Center
1500 Cherry Street, Philadelphia PA

REGISTRATION FEES$90pp (includes program, light breakfast and substantial snack)


8:30 – 9:00    Registration

Refreshments & Book Sales [Cherry Street Rm]
9:00- 9:20    Welcome & Framing [Meetinghouse]
Brian L. Johnson and Ali Michael

Toni Graves Williamson and Deborra Sines Pancoe 
9:20     Presentation 
The Personal Work & Responsibility of Establishing Educational Equity
Sharif El-Mekki, Principal of Mastery Charter
Shoemaker Campus & Founder of The Fellowship – Black Male Educators for Social Justice. El-Mekki is a 27 year veteran educator and in his 11th year as the principal of Shoemaker. He blogs at Phillys7thWard.org and can be found on Twitter @selmekki. 
10:00    Transition to seminars 
Click above for topics & locations
10:15 - 11:15      Seminars / Breakout groups
11:15    Transition to Panel discussion
Snacks available in the Cherry Street Rm
11:30 - 12:10    Panel discussion [Meetinghouse]

Students from Building-21, Friends Select School, and Teen Sharp 
12:10 - 12:30    Questions and Answers, Responses and Reflections 
12:30-12:45   Book Signing & Sales [Cherry Street Room]

Seminars & Locations

Activating Inclusiveness - Black boys, White Teachers, Best Practices 
Christopher Avery - Lucretia Mott Rm [1st floor]
Currently, the Vice President of Programs for Steppingstone Scholars, Chris Avery has worked with students for over 20 years around the globe. Published in the NAIS Diversity Handbook, Chris received the 2014 Teaching Tolerance: Teacher of the Year Award due to his dedication to improving education and better preparing students for the diverse world they face.

Black Boys Doing What? Re-defining and Re-constructing Black Boy Masculinities
Jack Hill AFSC Training Rm [Basement]
Jack Hill, a notable diversity consultant, facilitator, educator, writer and child advocate, has given presentations and workshops at conferences locally and internationally, and has offered consultation to schools and organizations nationwide in the areas of multicultural education, diversity, equity, social justice and organizational culture. His articles and talks on race, education, religion and diversity have appeared in The Baltimore Sun, Black Issues Book Review, NPR, ABC, Chicago Tribune, The Afro American Newspaper, WashingtonPost.com, Urbanite Magazine, The Chicago Defender and other media. Jack is a contributor to A Guide for White Women Who Teach Black Boys and to Diversity Work in Independent SchoolsThe Practice and The Practitioner, a publication of the National Association of Independent Schools. 

Excavating the Guide and Reflecting on Self
Ali Michael Rufus Jones Rm [1st floor]
Guide editor Ali Michael will talk participants through video and exercises embedded in the Guide to help participants process and apply the content in their own teaching. 
Ali Michael, Ph.D., is the co-founder and director of the Race Institute for K-12 Educators, and the author of Raising Race Questions: Whiteness, Inquiry and Education (Teachers College Press, 2015), winner of the 2017 Society of Professors of Education Outstanding Book Award. She is co-editor of the bestselling Everyday White People Confront Racial and Social Injustice: 15 Stories (2015, Stylus Press) and bestselling Guide for White Women who Teach Black Boys (2017, Corwin Press).

How to be a 1st Responder to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Events and Issues - Cherry Street [1st floor]
Brian L. Johnson is a career educator with 27 years of experience as a teacher, Apprentice Principal of Instruction, consultant, Admission Director and currently serving as the Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at The Philadelphia School. Brian authored A Look in the Mirror, One School’s Study of Raced Based Achievement - Independent School Magazine and is a contributing author of The Guide for White Women Who Teach Black Boys.

Brian Caselli Jordan is an associate Kindergarten teacher, garden educator and member of the Diversity Committee at The Philadelphia School.  He is part of the social justice music & education duo, City Love, offering workshops/assemblies throughout the country and is currently pursuing a masters in early childhood education at Temple University.

Seeing #BLACKBOYJOY - Literacy Based Mirror & Windows for Black Boys
Erica Snowden - Meetinghouse [1st floor] 
Erica Snowden is the Dean of Lower School and Diversity Clerk at Greene Street Friends School. In addition to being a contributing author to WWGTTBB, she has published in the Journal of Ethical Educational Leadership, and has presented at ADVIS, PAIS, University of Pennsylvania and Rutgers College on topics of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

Spreading positive gossip re-writing the narrative of black boys - MLK Room [3rd floor]

Toni Graves Williamson is the Director of Equity and Inclusion at Friends Select School. She is a facilitator of the Race Institute for K12 Educators. Toni leads Diversity, Equity and Inclusion professional development and student leadership experiences throughout the region.


Deneen R. Young is a health advocate, motivational speaker, lifestyle coach, certified spin instructor, certified participant indoor row instructor, and an entrepreneur of YoungLife Coach ~ Beyond Fit, LLC. Working in an independent school for 17 years administratively as well as several roles within the school community.

Hip-Hop Pedagogy 
Dr. Carl S. Moore - Room 136 
[1st floor]

Dr. Carl S. Moore is currently the Assistant Chief Academic Officer at the University of the District of Columbia (UDC). He also serves as Certificate faculty in Temple University’s Teaching in Higher Education Certificate and has dedicated his career to advancing leadership development and student success in higher ed.