Givens Foundation Education Conference
The Givens Foundation's
Sixth Biennial Education Conference
November 1 & 2, 2013
Crowne Plaza Hotel
3 Appletree Square, Bloomington, MN 55425
The Givens Foundation for African American Literature will host its 6th Biennial Education Conference "Culture Matters" on November 1st and 2nd, 2013. The conference will feature keynote speakers Isabel Wilkerson and Dr. Ernest Morrell. More than 300 teachers, principals, administrators and parents will gather to gain the tools to increase students' academic achievement through culturally inclusive curricula and instruction. Educators will learn how to help African American children to achieve their academic potential by understanding African American culture and using African American literature in the classroom.
The opening session and banquet will feature keynote speaker Isabel Wilkerson, the Pulitzer-Prize-winning journalist and bestselling author of The Warmth of Other Suns. Wilkerson will speak on the impact of the Great Migration on the education of African American students. Photo of Isabel Wilkerson by Joe Henson.
Saturday's luncheon will feature speaker Dr. Ernest Morrell. Ernest Morrell is nationally known for his scholarship focused on urban youth, critical literacy, and hip-hop culture. Dr. Morrell is the Director for the Institute for Urban and Minority Education at Teachers College, Columbia University and Vice President of the National Council of Teachers of English.
Conference Themes from the Past:
2003 Tell All the Children: Teaching and Learning with African American Literature
2005 Show All the Children: Teaching and Learning with Illustrated African American Literature
2007 Remind All the Children: Teaching and Learning Using Historical Narrative
2009 Cultivating Literary Minds Using African American Literature
2011 Reach and Teach Through African American Literature and Culture