CEEAAS Quarterly News

Center for Education and Equity of African American Students

2019 Equity in Education Conference

We are beyond thankful for the support shown at our second annual Equity in Education Conference. We hit record-breaking numbers (500+) and received overwhelmingly positive feedback. We cannot wait until next year! Please stay tuned.

2020 Equity in Education Conference

Save the Date! January 15 – 16, 2020 @ Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center

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Dr. Gloria Ladson-Billings, 2019 keynote speaker, was honored with a resolution from the South Carolina Legislation and a key to the City of Columbia.

Pictured (from left to right): Dr. Gloria Ladson-Billings; Mrs. Ashlye Wilkerson; Dr. Gloria Boutte; Dr. Jennifer Reed.

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Project Change 2019

June 10-14 2019

9:00am-6:00pm Daily

University of South Carolina Columbia Campus

College of Education Wardlaw Building

Field Excursions throughout the Midlands, Upstate, and Low Country

Project CHAANGE (Counternarratives for the History of African Americans Needing and Getting Emancipated) is a multiple day professional development experience for P-12 teachers. The institute is framed using the theme of Change—borrowing from Bob Dylan’s 1964 classic song, The times they are a-changin’ (which has been remade by numerous articles including Josephine Baker, Nina Simone, Peter, Paul, and Mary, Simon & Garfunkel, the Beach Boys, Joan Baez, Phil Collins, Billy Joel, and Bruce Springsteen). The song, released during the Civil Rights movement, focuses on addressing social injustices. Under the context of exploring African American national and global activism, institute instructors and guest lecturers will guide teachers in developing critical inquiry instructional plans that teach about freedom movements in the 20th and 21st centuries.

Participant Eligibility

Ten 5th, 7th, and 8th grade SC teachers and social studies coordinators will be selected from each of the three regions in the state: (1) midlands; (2) upstate; (3) low-country. Selection will be based on a competitive application process.

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CEEAAS Teacher Spotlight

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Ms. Janice Baines

Janice is a 2nd-grade teacher at Bradley Elementary School. She emphasizes the importance of relationships within her class, and it is evident in the positiveclass climate. Pictured below are photos from a Black History project she completed with her students where they interviewed faculty and staff within their school and showcased these “Hidden Figures.”

Janice is one of the authors of We've Been Doing It Your Way Long Enough: Choosing the Culturally Relevant Classroom. She recently traveled to the UK with the other authors, Dr. Susi Long and Carmen Tisdale, on a book tour for their book where they engaged with classroom teachers and university professors and presented at a conference.

Aside from her work in the classroom and with her book, she is seeking a Ph.D. in Teaching and Learning at the University of South Carolina. In her spare time, she enjoys being a brand new aunt to baby Eli.

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Adinkra Spotlight

African symbols known as Adinkra are ubiquitous in Ghana, a beautiful West African country on the Atlantic, situated between Cote d'Ivoire and Togo. On cloth and walls, in pottery and logos, these Asante symbols can be found everywhere.

(West African Wisdom)

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Sankofa is an African word from the Akan tribe in Ghana. The literal translation of the word and the symbol is it is not taboo to fetch what is at risk of being left behind.”

The word is derived from the words:

SAN (return), KO (go), FA (look, seek and take).

The Sankofa symbolizes the Akan people’s quest for knowledge among the Akan with the implication that the quest is based on critical examination and intelligent and patient investigation.

(Berea College, Carter G. Woodson Center)

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