“What in the African diaspora is happening in South Florida?”
‘Integrating Our History & Culture’ with the PBC School District
June 15 @ 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
An event every day that begins at 8:00am, repeating until June 18, 2020
June 15 to 18 marks this year’s 26th annual African, African American, and Caribbean Studies Summer Institute, a four-day long study of the history and culture of the African diaspora, how it relates to students of color in the School District of Palm Beach County (PBCSD) and how to connect those relations to the work of the District. This year’s theme: Integrating Our History and Culture: From Contributions to Social Action. The free Institute is open to educators and the general public and will be held at Palm Beach Lakes Community High School in West Palm Beach. It is a an annual project of the District’s Office of African, African American, Latino, Holocaust and Gender Studies and the Institute’s goal, according to the Office, is to help develop an understanding of how to transform the District by integrating the history and cultural experiences of black students into the curriculum. In addition, attendees will also discuss how the work of racial equity is a critical part of that integration. Those critically important discussions will be led by these nationally known keynote speakers:
- Dr. Bettina L. Love, an award-winning author and Associate Professor of Educational Theory & Practice at the University of Georgia. Learn more about her here.
- Dr. James A. Banks, a pioneer in the field of multicultural education, is known as “The Father of Multicultural Education” and taught for more than 50 years at the University of Washington in Seattle. Read a story about him here.
- Mr. Chris Chatmon, the Senior Advisor of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion for the Oakland Unified School District in California and a founder of the education-focused nonprofit Kingmakers of Oakland. More about him? Here.
Registration is now open through the District’s eLearning system by enrolling in the course titled 26th Annual African and African-American Summer Institute (Fy21). The eLearning system is only open to District employees; click here to learn more about it. District employees can earn up to a total of 32 in-service points or eight points per day. Additional Institute details will be released related to breakout sessions, the Institute’s opening reception and a connected Juneteenth celebration.