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(12:0pm - 4:00pm)

BER, Inc. Community Day (11:00am - 3:00pm)

Golf Outing (9:00am - 4:00pm)

Registration (9:00 am - 5: 00 pm) Lobby/Foyer

Networking Mixer: Hosted by the Ones (6:00pm - 10:00pm) Salon B


(8:00am - 4:30pm)

Breakfast (8:00 am-8:50 am) 

Opening General Session (9:00 am - 10:45 am)

Carolina Ballroom

Welcome & Occasion: Hosted by L Kobie Da Wiz

Keynote Speaker: The Education Revolution: Rebuilding, Reimagining & Expanding the Village for Radical Love and Belonging (Dr. Terrell Strayhorn)

■ Panel Discussion: Rebuilding, Reimagining, & Expanding The Village (Panelists: Dr. Dennis McKesey, Dame Dash, , Sharif El-Mekki, Dr. Melissa Chester; Moderator: Dr. Marcus Jackson)

Concurrent Breakout Sessions (11:00 am - 4:00 pm)

Session 1 (11:00 am - 11:50 am)

■ Lessons from the Sole: Difficulty and Failure is Feedback (Samantha Pugh) (IS&P) Tarheel

■ The Truth Shall Set You FREE (Rashad Brown (A&E) Azalea

■ HEARTWORK: Creating a Culture of Trauma Informed Care (Dr. Kacy Shahid (A&E) Dogwood

■ Breaking The Education Code: Data-Driven Instruction

(Larue Fitch (IS&P) Magnolia

Session 2 (12:00 pm - 12:50 pm)

■ Make Literacy a Trend (IS&P)(Lakeisha Byrd) Tarheel

■ I Define ME: Educational Equity for Girls of Color (Tracie Berry-McGhee) (IS&P) Azalea

■ Bridging the Gap: Integrating STEM and STEAM Education for Equitable AI Innovation in Minority Schools (Marie Desforges) (PK) Dogwood

■ Transforming a School Through a Cultural & Social Justice Lens (Dr. Arisa Allen-Rochester) Magnolia

Session 3 (1:00 pm - 1:50 pm)

■ Grab Your Hard Hat! : Rebuilding Students for Success through Self-Esteem Small Groups (Dr. Dinesha Brown) (IS&P) Tarheel

■ The More Things Change - The More They Say the Same. Or Do They? (Bea Lewis) (A&E) Azalea

■ School Alignment: Creating harmony between instruction, operations, and culture to achieve consistent and intentional student success (Dr. Travis Brown) (PK) Dogwood

■ fREADdom: Literacy is a Civil Right (Stephanie Hunte) (PK) Magnolia

■ The ACE Study & its Impact on Children of Color (Michael McGrone) (PK) 

General Session (Luncheon): (2:00 pm - 3:15 pm) Carolina Ballroom

■ Panel Discussion: Private, Charter, & Micro Schools: Is This the Future of Education?

Session 4 (3:30 pm - 4:20 pm)

■ Culture of Literacy: And the Babies Still Can't Read? (PK) Azalea

■ 7 Secrets of Social Emotional Learning (Tierica Berry) (A&E) Dogwood

■ Proven & Effective Strategies to Address the COVID-Slide in Mathematics (Charles Winslow) (PK) Magnolia

■ (Dr. Malik Small) Tarheel

Social Events: Wine & Beer Social (6:30-7pm) Night on the Town: Breezy’s Jazz Club (8:00pm - until)
Piano Practice


9:00am - 4:30pm)

General Session: (9:00 am - 10:00 am) Salon AB

Keynote Speaker: Khalid El-Hakim: Hip Hop at 50 Presented by Black History 101 Museum

Breakout Session (10:10 am - 11:00 am)

  • Putting The Neighbor Back In The Hood: Empowering Black Boys Through Hands On Social Emotional Learning Strategies (Onae Chatman) (PK) Carolina Ballroom

  • Revolutionizing School Leadership: Aligning the Work (Dr. Sheka Houston & Dr. Tammy Taylor) (PK) Azalea

  • Leading by Example: Exploring Work-Life Balance Strategies for School Leaders to Build Stronger

  • Practices and Impact the Entire School Community" (Jamillah Hud-Kirk) (A&E) Dogwood

  • Removing Barriers (Akbar Cook) (A&E) Magnolia

  • (Dr. Rudy Jamison) Tarheel

Power Hour (11:10 pm- 12:00 pm)

○ Dr. Marcus Jackson Dogwood/Azalea 

○ Principal Shawn Hurt: Your 1st Office as a Principal Should be the Classroom Salon D

Power Hour (12:10 pm- 1:00 pm)   

○ Coach Carlos: Let's Get Engaged - The Power of The Classroom Coach Salon DE

○ Principal James Presley: The Systems That SHIFT the Culture Dogwood/Azalea

Power Hour (1:10 - 2:00pm)

○ Erik Cork Salon DE

○ Dr. Chike Akua Dogwood/Azalea

Power Hour (2:10 - 3:00pm)

○ HOTEP: Why Your SEL Isn’t Working (and what to do about it) Salon DE

○ Dr. Stephanie Pasley-Henry: The Math Party: Sing! dance! exercise! Learn! Dogwood/Azalea

● Roundtable Discussions (3:10 pm - 4:30 pm)

Men’s Roundtable: (Principal Kafele, James Presley, Dr. Marcus Jackson; Moderator: Dr. Jerome Mosley) Salon DE

Women’s Roundtable: LeadHER: Best Practices & Lessons Learned (Moderator: Tracy Oliver) Dogwood/Azalea

8th Annual Scholarship and Awards (8:00 pm-1:00 am) Formal Event (Sneaker Ball Theme)

○ MC: Keynote Speaker: Merlyna “Shero” Valentine

(8:00pm - 1:00am)
  • 8th Annual Scholarship and Awards Formal Event (Sneaker Ball Theme)

  • ○ MC: L Kobi da Wiz & Samantha "Power" Pugh

  • ○ Keynote Speaker: Merlyna “Shero” Valentine


(10:00am - 4:00pm)
  • Overview:

  • Aspiring Leaders Institute (10:00 am - 4:00 pm)

  • Aspiring Leaders, APs, & New Principals Institute with Principal Kafele Salon DE

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