Indiana University
Education Conference

Presented by Indiana Department of Child Services and Strada Education Network

Tuesday, July 14th, Wednesday, July 15th & Thursday, July 16th – Join us online for one of the largest, most comprehensive educational summits in the country. This year’s Education Conference will focus on topics and resources to help educators and administrators respond to the COVID-19 crisis and the contemporary impact of racism on school experiences. No other conference in the midwest provides access to such highly sought after experts influencing important advancements in education. Professional Growth Points (PGP) will be available for those who attend the conference.

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Day 1 Schedule: Tuesday, July 14th

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Steve Jefferson
Steve, affectionately known as “Scoop J”, is a WTHR Emmy Award Winning Reporter with numerous other awards including Edward R Murrow, Best Newscast from the Associated Press, and various community service awards. He’s reported on major events including the Atlanta bombings, 100 Million Man March, the Georgia floods and Hurricanes George and Katrina.

Steve is from Dayton, Ohio, where he graduated from The Wright State University Journalism School. Steve and his family currently reside in Indianapolis. You may see him around town on one of his motorcycles. He also enjoys social media, exercising, traveling, roller skating, bike riding, running, pro sports and word games.

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Fanchon Stinger
Fanchon Stinger is the evening news anchor for Fox 59 News 5pm, 6pm, 7pm & 10pm in Indianapolis. Executive Producer, anchor/reporter of Community Hero series highlighting people who make a difference in central Indiana.

Fanchon Stinger has received numerous awards and recognition for her professional work.  She has won 15 Emmy awards from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, most recently Best Series Societal Concerns 2016; Best Evening Newscast 2015; Plus 12 others in various categories over the years including Best Anchor and Best Reporter. The Associated Press-Michigan named Stinger Best Reporter in 2000. She also was the Society of Professional Journalists finalist for Young Journalist of the Year 2002; Best Spot News Reporting for her coverage of the attack on the World Trade Center in New York City; and Best General Reporting for her investigative report busting a fake doctor.  Other awards include, the United States Department of Health and Human Services awarded Stinger its highest honor, the Inspector General’s Integrity Award; The 2016 Service to Mankind Awards District and Club from Sertoma Club; The 2018 & 2015 Inspire Award for Mentor of the Year from College Mentors for Kids; The 2008 Flame of Inspiration Award from Compuware for leadership in the Metro-Detroit Community.

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Dr. James Wimbush
Dr. James C. Wimbush is Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Multicultural affairs, Dean of the University Graduate School, and Professor of Business Administration at Indiana University. As Dean, he oversees Graduate Master’s and Doctoral programs on Indiana University’s eight campuses.

Nationally, he works to advance graduate education by serving as past-chair of the board of directors of the GRE; chair-elect of the Council of Graduate Schools’ board of directors; and as a member of the executive committee of the AAU’s Association of Graduate Schools. He was appointed to the joint Commission on the Future of Graduate Education, which released the 2010 report The Path Forward: The Future of Graduate Education in the United States.

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Deborah J. Curtis
Deborah J. Curtis began her tenure as the twelfth president of Indiana State University on January 3, 2018. She is the first female and only the second graduate of Indiana State to serve as president. She came to Indiana State from the University of Central Missouri where she had served as provost and chief learning officer. Prior to becoming provost at Central Missouri, Curtis served as dean of the College of Education at Illinois State University where she had served on the faculty for 26 years, advancing to the rank of full professor. Earlier in her career, she served as a music specialist and coach in K-12 schools in Illinois and Indiana.

Curtis earned her Ph.D. from Indiana State University in curriculum and instruction with specializations in secondary education and supervision of instruction. She holds a master’s degree in music education from the University of Illinois and a bachelor’s degree in music education from MacMurray College.

Throughout her career, Curtis has served her community and profession through engagement in a variety of service roles at the local, state and national levels. Currently, she serves on the boards of the Terre Haute Chamber of Commerce, the Indiana Chamber of Commerce, the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership, the Indiana State University Foundation, and Indiana Campus Compact. She also is an Indiana representative on the State Higher Education Executive Officers Association/Education Strategy Group (SHEEO/ESG) Attainment Academy.

Curtis and her husband, Lynn, are the parents of five children and nine grandchildren. Lynn worked in public education for nearly 40 years as a teacher, coach, athletic director, principal and school district superintendent.

About This Workshop

Ensuring health and safety for Hoosiers is absolutely necessary in attacking this crisis – and so is addressing the jolt to our state’s economic well-being and personal livelihoods. Individuals and employers are seeking a path forward, and higher education has been uniquely positioned to play a key role in recovery. Commissioner Teresa Lubbers will share the multiple ways Indiana’s colleges are responding with the sense of urgency that is required to improve lives and communities. Additionally, she will highlight the “Rapid Recovery for a Better Future” initiative, which is centered on meeting individual needs by providing comprehensive support for Hoosiers to secure a job, assess and grow their skills, and get the support they need to get back on their feet.

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Teresa S. Lubbers
Teresa Lubbers was appointed in 2009 to serve as Commissioner for Indiana’s Commission for Higher Education, the coordinating agency charged with ensuring the state’s postsecondary education system is aligned to meet the needs of students and the state. Prior to joining the Commission, Lubbers served in the Indiana State Senate for 17 years, leading on education and economic development issues as Chair of the Senate Education and Career Development Committee. As Commissioner, Lubbers works to increase college completion, ensure academic quality and student learning and align postsecondary credentials with meaningful careers. She partners with policymakers and higher education leaders to develop and implement the state’s higher education strategic plans, including the Commission’s recently adopted fourth plan, “Reaching Higher in a State of Change.”

Lubbers is a past chair and a current member of both the State Higher Education Executive Officers and the Midwestern Higher Education Compact. She serves as Chair for both the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements and Higher Learning Advocates Board of Directors. Additionally, she serves as a Commissioner for both the Education Commission of the States and the Postsecondary Value Commission, a member of the Advisory Council for both the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning and the Level Up Advisory Council and as the Chair of Indiana’s Governor’s Workforce Cabinet.

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About This Workshop

This session will share resources and guidance available in response to COVID-19 as well as the considerations for re-entry. It will specifically address the need for remediation to counter the academic slide caused by the pandemic closures and share best practices for schools regarding continuous learning and remediation strategies. This session will also address how IDOE is continuing to address the achievement gap of our underperforming populations and the urgency for equity and equitable practices.

Moderator: Dr. Karlin Tichenor, Director of Social Emotional Health, Indiana Youth Institute

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Robin LeClaire
Robin LeClaire, Chief Academic Officer at the Indiana Department of Education has been working in public education for over a quarter of a century. As a classroom teacher for 14 years, she taught grades 1, 2, 4, and 5 in a diverse urban setting. She moved into administration and served as a Dean of Students for two years and principal for eight years. She has been with Department for two years. During her tenure in schools, she helped turn a failing school around and helped to close the achievement gap among underperforming student groups. In her current role she oversees Curriculum and Instruction, Social Emotional Behavioral Wellness, School Improvement, Leadership and Innovation, Special Education, School Safety, and Title Grants. Robin has presented nationally on improving school culture in order to raise student achievement and presents across the state on topics such as MTSS, Pushing for Proficiency and Bullying. Her goal as CAO for the Department is to provide educators with the high quality resources, guidance, professional development, and supports they need to be successful to serve the 1.2 million students in Indiana.

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About This Workshop

Due to the Covid19 pandemic, educators now must use virtual and online education methods more than ever. While this transition was not easy for any educational institution, Ivy Tech Community College was able to build on more than two decades of experience as one of the nation’s largest providers of online education to continue serving more than 100,000 Indiana residents through the spring and summer semesters. To do this, Ivy Tech expanded its existing Quality Matters™ recognized faculty certification program for teaching online to include a pathway to earn both certification in virtual instruction and certification in online instruction at the College.

Ivy Tech is proud to partner with Indiana Black Expo to extend the opportunity to complete this course free to all Education Conference participants.  Participants who are interested in perhaps teaching for Ivy Tech online may also use this as an opportunity to complete the certification for online and virtual instruction required to teach for the college – all at no cost.

Moderator: DiLynn Phelps, Assistant Superintendent/Human Resources, Muncie Community Schools

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Dr. Kara Monroe
Dr. Kara Monroe is the Provost and Senior Vice President for Student and Academic Success of Ivy Tech Community College – Indiana’s community college. A native of Indiana, Monroe holds a B.S. in Mathematics Education from Ball State University, an MBA, and a Ph.D. in Higher Education Leadership from Capella University. Dr. Monroe’s research interests include Creative Problem Solving, needs of adjunct and contingent faculty populations, the use of technology in education and in life, and innovative methods for teaching and learning.

Kara has been named as an Ivy Tech Benefactor of the Year; is a lifetime member of and served as chair of Circle of Ivy, the foundation’s women’s philanthropy organization; and has created multiple endowed scholarships and coordinated the development of several others. Monroe loves telling Ivy Tech’s story and uses the platform she has as Provost to host and produce the College’s podcast, “Our College, Your Voices.”
Monroe maintains involvement with several professional organizations including the Steering Committee for WCET and she serves as a consultant/evaluator for the Higher Learning Commission where she is both a team member and team chair.

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Justin Dammeier
Justin Dammeier is the Executive Director, Educational Technology at Ivy Tech Community College – Indiana’s community college. Justin is originally from Ft. Wayne, Indiana and earned a Masters in Education from Indiana Wesleyan University and a B.S. in Secondary Science Education from Indiana University.
Prior to joining Ivy Tech in December of 2019, Justin spent 14 years in K12 education as a classroom Biology teacher in a variety of public and non-public schools throughout the state of Indiana and 6 years in various K12 educational technology leadership roles. His experience in educational technology included work coordinating online courses for students, managing technology infrastructure, and delivering professional development for teachers, and staff.

Justin currently leads Ivy Tech’s statewide educational technology team that is charged with providing support and training to the faculty and students for the use of the LMS – currently Canvas – as well as other educational technology tools used across the college. His team is also responsible for the Online Faculty Certification Program that trains and certifies instructors to teach online courses for the college.

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About This Workshop

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the use of video in the virtual classroom experience has taken center stage and it is unlikely that the way we deliver education will return to what it used to be anytime soon. Educators must adapt to this “new normal” of eLearning and there are plenty of resources being developed to help educators achieve the desired results.

For the past twenty years I have advocated for intentional integration of video in the classroom experience because of its ability to illustrate, demonstrate and illuminate key learning objectives in a way that engages students and fosters key concept retention. Add to this equation, how our new generation of learners consume video and digital content, at all grade levels, and it should be evident to us as educators that video must be one of the tools we have in our “educator toolbox.”

In this workshop you will be equipped to harness the power of visual communication to foster student engagement to achieve desired results in the eLearning process. You will learn how to incorporate the use of video in the virtual classroom experience, the production techniques that best fosters student engagement, and how to successfully incorporate the “AIDA Principle” to drive performance results. This workshop is designed for faculty and staff members who are both new to the world of video production or have been using video in the traditional classroom.

Moderator: James Taylor, Director of Student /Social Services, MSD of Warren Township

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Dennis Jarrett
Dennis Jarrett is the current Director of Media and Community Relations for MSD of Warren Township, Production Manager for FrontRunner Media NG, Founder and President of The Next Generation Initiative, and the Advanced Media Instructor at the Walker Career Center, all located in Indianapolis, Indiana. Dennis is a 30+ year veteran of the television broadcasting, media production, broadcast news and digital content creation industries. He is also the author of two books: The Leadership Connection and The Student Athlete Playbook, How To Be A Champion In Sports and Life.

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Day 2 Schedule: Wednesday, July 15th

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Steve Jefferson
Steve, affectionately known as “Scoop J”, is a WTHR, Emmy Award Winning Reporter with numerous other awards including Edward R Murrow, Best Newscast from the Associated Press, and various community service awards. He’s reported on major events including the Atlanta bombings, 100 Million Man March, the Georgia floods and Hurricanes George and Katrina.

Steve is from Dayton, Ohio, where he graduated from The Wright State University Journalism School. Steve and his family currently reside in Indianapolis. You may see him around town on one of his motorcycles. He also enjoys social media, exercising, traveling, roller skating, bike riding, running, pro sports and word games.

 

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Fanchon Stinger
Fanchon Stinger is the evening news anchor for Fox 59 News 5pm, 6pm, 7pm & 10pm in Indianapolis. Executive Producer, anchor/reporter of Community Hero series highlighting people who make a difference in central Indiana.

Fanchon Stinger has received numerous awards and recognition for her professional work.  She has won 15 Emmy awards from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, most recently Best Series Societal Concerns 2016; Best Evening Newscast 2015; Plus 12 others in various categories over the years including Best Anchor and Best Reporter. The Associated Press-Michigan named Stinger Best Reporter in 2000. She also was the Society of Professional Journalists finalist for Young Journalist of the Year 2002; Best Spot News Reporting for her coverage of the attack on the World Trade Center in New York City; and Best General Reporting for her investigative report busting a fake doctor.  Other awards include, the United States Department of Health and Human Services awarded Stinger its highest honor, the Inspector General’s Integrity Award; The 2016 Service to Mankind Awards District and Club from Sertoma Club; The 2018 & 2015 Inspire Award for Mentor of the Year from College Mentors for Kids; The 2008 Flame of Inspiration Award from Compuware for leadership in the Metro-Detroit Community.

About This Workshop

Indiana’s newly developed social-emotional learning (SEL) competencies for students in grades Pre-K through 12, were designed to address social and emotional well-being through a neurodevelopmental culturally responsive framework. The foundation for these competencies has been developed from the most current brain research, social-emotional research, and trauma and culturally responsive best practices. The SEL competencies build upon CASEL’s five core Social-Emotional Learning Competencies by adding competencies that address mindset and sensory-motor integration addressing the brain stem, limbic system and cortical functions of a child and adolescent’s brain development. During this session attendees will not only learn the importance of social-emotional learning for adults and youth but also come away with practical strategies for immediate use. Objectives of this session are:

1. Attendees will become familiar with the Indiana Department of Education’s new released PK-12 Social Emotional Learning Competencies.
2. Attendees will be provided with ways to implement the newly released PK-12 Social Emotional Learning Competencies.
3. By using this holistic lens IDOE schools will see an increase in academic performance and emotional wellbeing.
4. Attendees will learn the importance of adult social-emotional learning.

Moderator: Brittany Collins, Manager, Postsecondary Outreach and Career Transitions, Indiana Commission for Higher Education

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Christy Berger
Christy Berger is the Director of Social, Emotional, and Behavioral Wellness at the Indiana Department of Education. Christy has been with the Department of Education since September 2018. Christy graduated from Anderson University (2006) with her Bachelor degree in Social Work and worked for a year as a case manager before returning to school to obtain her Masters degree. Christy received her Masters in Social Work from Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (2008). After graduation she worked in Center Grove Schools for six years at the elementary level. In 2015 Christy went back to obtain her Post Master certificate in School Counseling from Indiana Wesley and worked at the middle school level for four years until starting her career at the Department of Education. Christy is passionate about creating positive whole-child focused school environments for Hoosier students.

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Dr. Brandie M. Oliver
Brandie Oliver is an Associate Professor at Butler University teaching in the Master’s in School Counseling Program.  Prior to Dr. Oliver’s current role, she worked most recently as a middle school counselor but also has experience at the elementary and high school levels. Brandie sees her role as a resource and support for Professional School Counselors as well as an advocate and source of positive change for all students, parents, and educators.  Her specific areas of interest include social-emotional learning, restorative practices, grief and loss, and culturally responsive education. Brandie has served families at Brooke’s Place for Grieving Young People as a support group facilitator for grieving teens and also as a grief therapist for individual counseling. Dr. Oliver is a co-author of the Indiana Department of Education’s Social-Emotional Learning Competencies.  She is also one of the authors of the Suicide Prevention & Response: A Comprehensive Resource Guide for Indiana Schools, a document written in collaboration with the Indiana Department of Education in response to Indiana legislation.

Dr. Oliver has served as a leader both in her field both at the state and national level. She served on the Presidential Advisory Board for the American Counseling Association, as a board member on the North Central Association of Counselor Education and Supervision and held a board position for over eight years on the Indiana School Counselor Association executive board. Currently, Dr. Oliver serves on the Advisory Board of the Evidence Based School Counseling Conference.

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About This Workshop

This interactive session considers the linked historic and contemporary impact of racism and oppression (exacerbated by COVID-19) that is ever-present in the social lives and schooling experiences of Black children. Additionally, discussants offer a substantive focus on the familial, communal, and ancestral funds of heritage knowledge and praxis that informs the most responsive and effective approaches. The facilitators envision that the session participants will:

  • Recognize at least one major historical document or event deeply connected to the systemic racism and oppression presented in current legislation and (in) action;
  • Recall, apply, and gain additional knowledge on familial, communal and ancestral funds of heritage knowledge; and
  • Identify feasible, meaningful first steps (or next steps) in thoughtful, practical application of this knowledge for the survival of our Black children.

The facilitators will offer a vibrant atmosphere for the unloading and disposal of deficit thinking to give all space to individual and collective experiences as parents, educators, and community members. The facilitators will encourage crediting those whose honorable work led us here with narrow attention on forward thinking about collective responsibility to extinguish any (in)action that compromises progress. Practical outcomes may include:

  • Identifying missed opportunities to redress long standing inequities exacerbated by COVID-19 are created in how we think about approaches and actions.
  • Reiterating the assets among the session participants and potential efforts of newly engaged participants; and
  • Considering useful collaboration with the university to address racism and oppression.

Moderator: Nicole Oglesby, Director for P-20 Educational Alliances, Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis IUPUI

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Lasana D. Kazembe, Ph.D.
Lasana D. Kazembe, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in the Department of Urban Teacher Education within the IU School of Education at IUPUI and in the Africana Studies Program within the IUPUI School of Liberal Arts. He is a scholar of Urban Education, Global Black Arts Movements, and the Black Intellectual Tradition.

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Seena Skelton, Ph.D.
Seena Skelton, Ph.D., is the director of operations for the Midwest and Plains Equity Assistance Center and associate faculty member within the IU School of Education at IUPUI. She is also the editor of Multiple Voices: Disability, Race, and Language Intersections in Special Education. 

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Natasha Flowers, Ph.D.
Natasha Flowers, Ph.D., is a clinical associate professor in the Department of Urban Teacher Education within the IU School of Education at IUPUI. Her primary expertise is in university-school partnerships, collaborative after school programs, and critical multicultural education.

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Cristina Santamaría Graff, Ph.D.
Cristina Santamaría Graff, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of special education in the Department of Urban Teacher Education at the IU School of Education at IUPUI. She has expertise in bilingual/multicultural special education and critical community engagement.

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Dr. James Wimbush
Dr. James C. Wimbush is Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Multicultural affairs, Dean of the University Graduate School, and Professor of Business Administration at Indiana University. As Dean, he oversees Graduate Master’s and Doctoral programs on Indiana University’s eight campuses.

Nationally, he works to advance graduate education by serving as past-chair of the board of directors of the GRE; chair-elect of the Council of Graduate Schools’ board of directors; and as a member of the executive committee of the AAU’s Association of Graduate Schools. He was appointed to the joint Commission on the Future of Graduate Education, which released the 2010 report The Path Forward: The Future of Graduate Education in the United States.

About This Keynote

In this deeply personal and empowering lecture, Kendi shifts the discussion from how not to be racist, to how to be an antiracist. He shares his own racist ideas and how he overcame them. He provides direction to people and institutions who want more than just band-aid programs, but actual antiracist action that builds an antiracist America.

Moderator: Dr. Jamyce Curtis-Banks, Founder & CEO, Whatever it Takes, Inc.

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Professor Ibram X. Kendi
Professor Ibram X. Kendi is one of America’s foremost historians and leading antiracist voices. He is a #1 New York Times bestselling author and the Founding Director of The Antiracist Research & Policy Center at American University in Washington, DC. A professor of history and international relations, Kendi is a contributor at The Atlantic and CBS News. Beginning July 1, 2020, Kendi will become Professor of History and the Founding Director of the Boston University Center for Antiracist Research. He will also become the 2020-2021 Frances B. Cashin Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for the Advanced Study at Harvard University.

He is the author of The Black Campus Movement, which won the W.E.B. Du Bois Book Prize, and Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America, which won the National Book Award for Nonfiction in 2016. At 34 years old, Kendi was the youngest ever winner of the NBA for Nonfiction. He grew up dreaming about playing in the NBA (National Basketball Association), and ironically he ended up joining the other NBA.

His third book, How to Be an Antiracist, a #1 New York Times Bestseller, made several Best Books of 2019 lists. His much anticipated fourth book with Jason Reynolds, STAMPED: Racism, Antiracism, and You, debuted at # 1 on the New York Times Bestseller List. His next book, Antiracist Baby, is scheduled to be published this month.

Kendi has published fourteen academic essays in books and academic journals, including The Journal of African American History, Journal of Social History, Journal of Black Studies, Journal of African American Studies, and The Sixties: A Journal of History, Politics and Culture.

He has published op-eds in numerous periodicals, including The New York Times, The Guardian, Washington Post, London Review, Time, Salon, Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, Paris Review, Black Perspectives, and The Chronicle of Higher Education. He commented on a series of international, national, and local media outlets, such as CNN, MSNBC, NPR, Al Jazeerah, PBS, BBC, Democracy Now, and Sirius XM.

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Day 3 Schedule: Thursday, July 16th

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Steve Jefferson
Steve, affectionately known as “Scoop J”, is a WTHR, Emmy Award Winning Reporter with numerous other awards including Edward R Murrow, Best Newscast from the Associated Press, and various community service awards. He’s reported on major events including the Atlanta bombings, 100 Million Man March, the Georgia floods and Hurricanes George and Katrina.

Steve is from Dayton, Ohio, where he graduated from The Wright State University Journalism School. Steve and his family currently reside in Indianapolis. You may see him around town on one of his motorcycles. He also enjoys social media, exercising, traveling, roller skating, bike riding, running, pro sports and word games.

 

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Fanchon Stinger
Fanchon Stinger is the evening news anchor for Fox 59 News 5pm, 6pm, 7pm & 10pm in Indianapolis. Executive Producer, anchor/reporter of Community Hero series highlighting people who make a difference in central Indiana.

Fanchon Stinger has received numerous awards and recognition for her professional work.  She has won 15 Emmy awards from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, most recently Best Series Societal Concerns 2016; Best Evening Newscast 2015; Plus 12 others in various categories over the years including Best Anchor and Best Reporter. The Associated Press-Michigan named Stinger Best Reporter in 2000. She also was the Society of Professional Journalists finalist for Young Journalist of the Year 2002; Best Spot News Reporting for her coverage of the attack on the World Trade Center in New York City; and Best General Reporting for her investigative report busting a fake doctor.  Other awards include, the United States Department of Health and Human Services awarded Stinger its highest honor, the Inspector General’s Integrity Award; The 2016 Service to Mankind Awards District and Club from Sertoma Club; The 2018 & 2015 Inspire Award for Mentor of the Year from College Mentors for Kids; The 2008 Flame of Inspiration Award from Compuware for leadership in the Metro-Detroit Community.

About This Workshop

Many Black parents are wondering whether our schools will be a safe place this fall for Black students.  We are concerned about the level of preparedness and training that educators and administrators have acquired to handle the heightened level of trauma disproportionately experienced by Black students when school returns.

Black Americans already suffer from historic trauma due to racism.  This trauma has been exasperated over the last six months from COVID-19’s disproportionate impact on Black unemployment, essential work mandates and quarantines.  Toppled on the coronavirus pandemic are more police killings of Black people, including the death of George Floyd, mass protests and unrest spread across the world, police walkouts and every day experiences that stem from being marginalized or underserved in our communities.

Black families have internalized these tragedies, experiences and messages repeatedly and we are not clinically trained or equipped to help our children manage and survive these realities in healthy ways.  Now our children are returning to your classrooms, schools and educational institutions.  Are you prepared to respond to such high levels of psychological distress?  What role will you serve to process with students?  How will you do so without re-traumatizing them?  This 45 minute workshop will highlight the psychological impact that the recent tragic incidents have had on Black students and how parents and community leaders expect educators and administrators to respond.

Moderator: Kristian Stricklen, Chief Communications & Engagement Officer, Indianapolis Public Schools

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Tanya Mckinzie
Attorney Tanya Mckinzie is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Indiana Black Expo, Inc. a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization with 12 chapters in Indiana.  As IBE’s President and general counsel for more than thirteen years, Bell oversees day-to-day operations and supervises various programs and initiatives as well as Summer Celebration and Circle City Classic®, fundraising events that generate more than $28 million in annual local spending, attract more than 400,000 attendees annually, and provides annual scholarships that have totaled more than $4.6 million to Indiana students.

Tanya has also served on the Board of Directors for IBE from 2001 until 2007. Immediately preceding her position with IBE, Tanya was the Assistant General Counsel for Community Health Network and an Adjunct Legal Writing Professor at the Indiana University School of Law.  While at Community, a billion dollar non-profit health system, Tanya managed all of its litigation for five hospitals and more than 70 sites of care. From 2000 to 2003, Tanya was a Litigation Attorney at Ice Miller where she first became acquainted with IBE while serving as outside corporate counsel.

Thirteen years ago, Tanya worked with several community stakeholders to create the Education Conference in order to provide professional development opportunities for educators and administrators across the state to more effectively teach children of color.  Tanya has led several task forces that focus on addressing quality of life issues for Black youth and families, including the Your Life Matters® Anti-violence Task Force and State of Our Black Youth Task Force. Last year, IBE was named by President Barack Obama’s Foundation as a Community to Watch for its work to improve life outcomes for boys and young men of color in Central Indiana.

Tanya graduated cum laude from Indiana University School of Law in Indianapolis where she obtained her Juris Doctorate. She received her undergraduate degree in Social Studies Education from Indiana State University.

Tanya was a member of the Indianapolis Super Bowl Civic Advisory Committee in 2012, United Way of Central Indiana, and is currently a trustee for Indiana State University, member of the 2021 NBA All Star Game Planning Committee, and member of the Children’s Policy & Law Initiative of Indiana’s Public Policy Committee.

Tanya has received numerous awards.  She has been named a Sagamore of the Wabash by Governor Eric Holcomb which is the highest honor of distinction in Indiana.

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About This Workshop

The Indiana Civil Rights Commission has observed an increase in the number of COVID-19 related inquires submitted to the agency during the current pandemic. In response, ICRC has increased the availability of online learning tools through virtual presentations and social media marketing. This initiative has allowed ICRC to disseminate COVID-19 related guidance regarding civil rights issues such as fair housing, employment, education, and public accommodations to thousands of Hoosiers. This workshop will help inform educators and administrators of the most current guidelines and resources available regarding protected classes and appropriate conduct.

Moderator: John Hawkins, Public Outreach Manager, Indiana Civil Rights Commission

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Tim Schultz
Tim Schultz currently serves as Deputy Director and General Counsel of the Indiana Civil Rights Commission (ICRC), the agency charged with enforcing the Indiana civil rights laws and provides education and services to the public in an effort to ensure equal opportunity for all Hoosiers.  Mr. Schultz has served Hoosiers since 2008 in various capacities, first by representing the State before the Indiana Tax Court and the Indiana Supreme Court for a combined seven years with the Office of the Attorney General and the Indiana Department of Revenue. Immediately prior to joining ICRC, Mr. Schultz served as the General Counsel for the Indiana State Board of Education. Over the course of more than four years with the Board, Mr. Schultz provided counsel to the Board members on a variety of topics including school accreditation, assessment and academic accountability issues, grant programs, and virtual education. In his capacity as General Counsel for the Board, Mr. Schultz also had the opportunity to work with policymakers to assist in the development of education initiatives and future goals.

In his current role, Mr. Schultz oversees the agency’s complaint intake, investigations, alternative dispute resolution, and litigation divisions as well as coordinating agency efforts with the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. In this capacity, Mr. Schultz works to ensure Hoosiers have an equal opportunity for education, employment, access to public accommodations, and fair housing in accordance with the State’s civil rights laws.

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About This Workshop

Black and Latino Males are the most misunderstood, suspended, and expelled students in K-12 Schools in the US. It’s important to understand the thought process of these young men in order to educate them more effectively. Many of these young men live in fear daily and it comes out in negative ways in their interactions at school. This interactive virtual session will give strategies to teach educators and administrators how to become the educator these young men need in the midst of a pandemic, including affirming them, speaking positive words, teaching them to control emotions, changing hard skills into soft skills and the importance of self-care. This session will address how young men are wired. Come join this fun interactive virtual session and learn techniques educators and administrators can use right away.

Moderator: Dr. Shenia Suggs, Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources, MSD of Wayne Township

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Robert Jackson
Robert Jackson began his teaching career almost 25 years ago in Indianapolis Public Schools with a no excuses teaching approach with all of his students. As an educator he didn’t allow his students to feel sorry for themselves or let their circumstances define their futures. He set high expectations for his students and expected them to do well. As a coach, he led with the same principles. Several of his students went from being low performing to successful pastors, lawyers, school administrators, teachers, sales reps, business owners, pro athletes, entertainers and more.

He has become one of the most sought after speakers in the country, delivering keynote addresses and workshops to educators, administrators, parents and students. He has delivered 100’s of presentations and has become an expert in teaching cultural diversity, restorative practices, socio emotional learning and how to retain troubled students in school. His goal is to teach educators and administrators how to use their power more effectively to Educate, Activate and Motivate all students to be successes. He challenges parents to take a more active role in their children’s education. Robert also works with students to overcome pain and hardships through discipline and accountability.

Mr. Jackson has written and published 6 books and has written articles for ASCD EL Leadership Magazine. His new book, “Becoming the Educator They Need: Strategies, Mindsets and Beliefs for Supporting Male Black and Latino Students” was just released in August of 2019 by ASCD. His No More Excuses Curriculum has been featured in publications nationally and is utilized in K-12 Schools and Colleges/Universities. His books include, Black Men Stand Up, A Boys Guide to Manhood, A Young Woman’s Guide to Womanhood, Put a Stop to Bullying and Solutions to Educating Black and Latino Males.

He attended Western Kentucky University where he received his BS Degree in Industrial Technology while lettering 4 years in both Football and Track. After being cut from the NFL Minnesota Vikings he began his teaching career. Instead of focusing on the problem, he decided to focus on solutions by training students to cope with their inner pain and navigate more effectively through the school system.

He has remained deeply rooted in his commitment to serve his community as a speaker and mentor. Robert has spoken at national conferences including ASCD, SDE, CAAASA, NABSE, HSTW, School Discipline National Conference and SAAB National Conference.

Mr. Jackson is a Life Member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc., and the NFL Players Association. He has received numerous awards for his work, including the 2019 Motivational Educator of the Year Award and the Key to the City of Miami. He has spoken at Harvard University, Nova Scotia, Canada and Hilo, Hawaii just to name a few. 1000’s of youth and adults nationally are being transformed through his speeches and presentations.

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Introduction

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Terry Stigdon
Terry Stigdon, MSN, RN, was appointed as director of the Indiana Department of Child Services in early 2018 as part of Gov. Eric Holcomb’s sweeping reform of the state’s child welfare agency. In her first year in her new position, Stigdon has implemented changes aimed at offering the best service to Hoosier children and families. As a result of her efforts to provide the right care to the right child at the right time, the state has seen a decrease in children in residential treatment and foster care. Her leadership has also led to decreased staff turnover, resulting in better continuity of care for families involved in the child welfare system.

When Stigdon joined the Department of Child Services, she was uniquely qualified to understand the mission ahead. Prior to her appointment, she spent nearly 20 years at Riley Hospital for Children. Her work took her to the pediatric intensive care unit as well as the emergency medicine and trauma center; there, she saw firsthand what can happen in the most serious cases of child neglect and abuse. Stigdon, a Chicago native, holds a bachelor’s degree in nursing as well as a master’s degree in nursing leadership and management.

About This Keynote

Dr. Hill discusses the many forces impacting the lives of Black people in America. Covering topics such as race, politics, hip-hop culture, education, mass incarceration, and love, Dr. Hill shines a spotlight on some of the most pressing issues in 21st century African American life.

Moderator: Peggy Surbey, Regional Manager, Indiana Department of Child Services Region 10

Keynote Speaker

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Dr. Marc Lamont Hill
Dr. Marc Lamont Hill is one of the leading intellectual voices in the country. Marc Lamont Hill is host of BET News and a Professor of Media Studies at Temple University. He is the author of the New York Times Bestseller “Nobody: Casualties of America’s War on the Vulnerable, From Ferguson to Flint and Beyond.” An award-winning journalist, Dr. Hill has received numerous prestigious awards from the National Association of Black Journalists, GLAAD, and the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences.

Dr. Hill is the Steve Charles Professor of Media, Cities, and Solutions at Temple University. Prior to that, he held positions at Columbia University and Morehouse College.

Since his days as a youth in Philadelphia, Dr. Hill has been a social justice activist and organizer. He is a founding board member of My5th, a non-profit organization devoted to educating youth about their legal rights and responsibilities. He is also a board member and organizer of the Philadelphia Student Union. Dr. Hill also works closely with the ACLU Drug Reform Project, focusing on drug informant policy. Over the past few years, he has actively worked on campaigns to end the death penalty and to release numerous political prisoners.

Ebony Magazine has named him one of America’s 100 most influential Black leaders.

Dr. Hill is the author or co-author of four books: the award-winning Beats, Rhymes, and Classroom Life: Hip-Hop Pedagogy and the Politics of Identity; The Classroom and the Cell: Conversations on Black life in America; the New York Times bestseller Nobody: Casualties of America’s War on The Vulnerable from Ferguson to Flint and Beyond; and Gentrifier. He has also published two edited books: Media, Learning, and Sites of Possibility; and Schooling Hip-Hop: New Directions in Hip-Hop Based Education.

Trained as an anthropologist of education, Dr. Hill holds a Ph.D. (with distinction) from the University of Pennsylvania. His research focuses on the intersections between culture, politics, and education in the United States and the Middle East.

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2020 Education Conference Sponsors
Education Conference Partners
Education Conference Committee Members

Elizabeth Blevins 
Indiana University Bloomington

Pam Burton
MSD of Pike Township

Shawn Bush
MSD of Lawrence Township

Brittany Collins
Indiana Commission for Higher Education

Dr. Jamyce Curtis-Banks
WIT Consulting

Jennifer Darby
Indiana Black Expo, Inc.

Joi Harmon
Indiana University Bloomington

John Hawkins
Indiana Civil Rights Commission

Evelyn Pierce-Hicks 
National Sorority of Phi Delta Kappa, Inc. Tau Chapter

Annette Johnson
Pike Township Trustee

Dr. Gwen Kelley
Children’s Policy and Law Initiative of Indiana

Aerionna Martin
Office of Education Innovation

LaQuita Maxey
Indiana State Teachers Association

Nicole Oglesby
Indiana University/Purdue University at Indianapolis

Lauren I. Peterson
The Mind Trust

DiLynn Phelps
Muncie Community Schools

Dr. Sean Taylor
MSD of Washington Township

Dr. Karlin Tichenor
Indiana Youth Institute

Kristian Strickland
Indianapolis Public Schools

Dr. Shenia Suggs
MSD of Wayne Township

James Taylor
MSD of Warren Township

Robert Townsend
Indiana Wesleyan University

Peggy Surbey
Indiana Department of Child Services Region 10

Debra “Faye” Williams-Robbins
Fort Wayne Community Schools