Indiana University
Education Conference

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July 13th – 15th, 2021

Every year the Education Conference spotlights topics impacting the school experience and gathers sought-after experts influencing pivotal advancements in education. No other conference in the midwest provides access to such highly valuable resources for educators and administrators. Get registered below.

More About This Year's Topics
Keynote Speaker

Dr. Bettina L. Love

Dr. Bettina L. Love is an award-winning author and the Athletic Association Endowed Professor at the University of Georgia. She is one of the field’s most esteemed educational researchers. Her writing, research, teaching, and activism meet at the intersection of race, education, abolition, and Black joy. Dr. Love is concerned with how educators working with parents and communities can build communal, civically engaged schools rooted in Abolitionist Teaching with the goal of intersectional social justice for equitable classrooms that love and affirm Black and Brown children. In 2020, Dr. Love co-founded the Abolitionist Teaching Network (ATN). ATN’s mission is simple: develop and support teachers and parents to fight injustice within their schools and communities. In 2020, Dr. Love was also named a member of the Old 4th Ward Economic Security Task Force with the Atlanta City Council.
Dr. Love is a sought-after public speaker on a range of topics, including Abolitionist Teaching, anti-racism, Hip Hop education, Black girlhood, queer youth, Hip Hop feminism, art-based education to foster youth civic engagement, and issues of diversity and inclusion. She is the creator of the Hip Hop civics curriculum, GET FREE.
Keynote Speaker

Dena Simmons, Ed.D.

Dena Simmons, Ed.D., is an activist, educator, and student of life from the Bronx, New York. She is the founder of LiberatED, a liberatory approach to social and emotional learning, racial justice, and healing. She writes and speaks nationally about social justice and culturally responsive and sustaining pedagogy as well as creating emotionally intelligent and safe classrooms within the context of equity and liberation. She is the author of the forthcoming book, White Rules for Black People (St. Martin’s Press).

2021 CONFERENCE THEME

Education Equity: The Role of Schools and Universities in Leveling the Playing Field

Last year, over 5,000 education professionals joined us online for one of the largest, most comprehensive educational conferences in the country.  No other conference in the Midwest provides access to such highly sought-after experts influencing important advancements in education at no cost. The conference provides professional development opportunities to educators and administrators in K-12 and higher education that lead to equitable educational outcomes for students of color. This year, topics will include:

  • the state of K-12 and higher education in the era of COVID-19;
  • strategies to support equity in schools and the returned benefits;
  • social and emotional learning with an emphasis on how to teach and learn in the context of stress and the pandemic;
  • educational rights issues associated with grade retention, remedial class assignments, and standardized testing during COVID-19;
  • how to combat chronic absenteeism;
  • positive discipline during a pandemic;
  • school safety and the necessary role of social workers and counselors versus police and security officers;
  • best practices on how to navigate conversations with students about politics, race, and racism while facing pressures to remain nonpartisan;
  • teacher education innovation and how to make learning interesting beyond the use of textbooks; and
  • technology in the classroom

Participants will be provided links to livestream all sessions in advance.  Full recordings of the sessions approved by the presenters will be made available on IBE’s website.

PGP points will be provided.

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