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On Black Education • Thursday, October 11 - Saturday, October 13, 2012

A WORKING SUMMIT

NATIONAL BLACK EDUCATION AGENDA (NBEA)

This WORKING SUMMIT will be the historic opportunity for Black parents, students, educators and other rights-holders to come together to establish the organizational structure and strategic platforms needed to ensure academic and cultural excellence in education and create equity and power for our children and their families to achieve these outcomes. We a rm the imperative of providing a global, ethical, transformative and culturally grounded education for all children of African ancestry in the United States, and by extension, throughout the African Diaspora. Each attendee will be required to participate in ONE of the following Action Groups during a signi cant part of this working summit. Please read each description below and mark your 1st, 2nd and 3rd choices on the registration form in the appropriate place. You will be apprised of your Action Group when you pick up your registration packet at the summit. We look forward to your help in producing powerful Action Plans for people to implement in their regions around the country after the summit ends. These preliminary Action Plans will be presented just before the close of the summit on Saturday, October 13th, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., when all attendees are assembled.

DESIGNING / MOBILIZING A NATIONAL MEMBERSHIP ORGANIZATION

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This Action Group will establish the structure and organizing means by which the NBEA will roll out a national Black education activist organization with local and regional formations grounded in the idea that an excellent racism-free education is a Human Right. This Action Group will also design and initiate the much-needed nationwide mass education campaign that "Connects the Corporate Dots in the Current Destruction of Public Education." This Action Group will also be responsible for nding and securing a NBEA National Organization o ce by October 2013.

BUILDING A NATIONAL URBAN PARENT UNION

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This Action Group will lay out a blueprint for using Title I funds (and other resources) to build national Parent Union chapters that will work closely together to challenge local education systems at every level, from building ght backs against demeaning testing, racialized school suspensions and student debt to mobilizing political-legislative fronts and campaigns to end mass-incarceration and “stop & frisk” policies and promoting the physical and emotional well-being of children and families as well as sustainable community economic development solutions. Parent Union chapters will work closely with Student Union chapters, and will be the crux of Regional NBEA Meetings / Forums / Conferences.
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BUILDING A NATIONAL BLACK STUDENT / YOUTH UNION ACTION GROUP 3

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This Action Group will lay out a blueprint to resurrect and rede ne the historical legacy of Black student and youth leadership in all areas of our ght for academic and cultural excellence in education and for social justice and self-determination. This national organization will place emphasis on creating and nurturing Black Youth Leadership inside and outside of schools. We recognize that while Black students in public schools constitute the vast majority of Black youth, millions who are either incarcerated, in college, working or unemployed need to be mobilized to become the leading forces involved within our struggle. Some of the issues to be tackled are: •  re-establishing the Black intellectual tradition of Study-for-Struggle,  •  developing student-youth designed school safety/discipline policies,  •  closing the prison pipeline,  •  formulating positive gender equity and respect policies and •  creating youth-initiated job development. Hence, this Action Group will also deliberate on how to create a national, regional and local organizing and mobilizing structure to bring at least one million youth into its membership ranks by 2014.

DEVELOPING EFFECTIVE PARTNERSHIPS WITH UNIONS AND EDUCATION ASSOCIATIONS

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Unions and professional education associations can be but are not necessarily strategic advocates for the NBEA. This Action Group will explore the issues and identify key principles and strategies for building e ective coalitions and collaborations with teacher unions and professional education associations. Successful models of partnership and programs that have furthered the values of NBEA will be shared towards development of principles of partnership that can be implemented following the Working Summit.

CREATING / CERTIFYING A NETWORK OF 1,000 AFRICAN-CENTERED SCHOOLS

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The vision for 1,000 Schools is to have a system of schools (wherever our children are) that have been given an African-centered "treatment" designed to turn around those that are poor performing or accelerate those that have a history of educating children of African ancestry at high levels of academic and cultural excellence. These schools must be at least 90% African American. This Action Group will create a blueprint for the infrastructure needed to support these schools. That infrastructure will include a work site, full sta ng, and a robust funding stream. The treatment will be multifaceted. It will involve the implementation of African-centered curriculum, high-quality and on-going professional development, parent engagement, site-based and culturally courageous leadership development, and student empowerment. It will be independent of the NBEA and have its own 501c3, Board of Directors and Advisory Board of Elders.

DEVELOPING HIGHER EDUCATION STRATEGIES AND LINKAGES

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Using International Human Rights Conventions of the United Nations, this Action Group will design strategies and action priorities in Higher Education to: collaborate with Schools of Education, teacher educators and Black Studies/African American Studies scholars; re-establish pipelines into teaching and paraprofessional career ladders; provide support for Black teachers and engage Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Social Policy Sectors to increase the output of e ective teachers and school leaders.
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DEVELOPING STRATEGIES FOR NBEA FUND DEVELOPMENT & INDEPENDENT SUSTAINABILITY

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The Fund Development Action Group's main task is to establish an ongoing funding stream for the national organization's daily work and independent sustainability that is primarily rooted in Black communities throughout the U.S. and secondarily among African American philanthropic individuals and organizations as well as progressive non-Black foundations and individuals willing to freely fund our e orts.

SAVING AFRICAN AMERICAN CHILDREN FROM THE PRISON PIPELINE

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The NBEA must interrupt the systemic nature of the school to prison pipeline. This Action Group will identify speci c operational and policy triggers that perpetrate and sustain the criminalization of the African American child and make recommendations to dismantle the system. This Action Group will highlight successful models of in-school and community-based initiatives to reverse and prevent the mass incarceration of our youth and internal youth violence.

IDENTIFYING / IMPLEMENTING CULTURALLY CONNECTED TEACHING, LEARNING, 9 CURRICULUM AND ASSESSMENT
This Action Group will identify curriculum and pedagogical constructs, standards and culturally authentic assessment practices that parents, educators and students can use to evaluate African-centered content and culturally connected teaching practices across the curriculum. P-16 model curriculum demonstrations will be presented that support culturally connected teaching and learning and professional development as well as research and evaluation using NBEA-certi cation standards that will available for other NBEA initiatives.

SAVING THE AFRICAN AMERICAN CHILD: MENTORING AND CULTURAL IMMERSION 10 BEYOND THE SCHOOLHOUSE
E ective schooling for African American children is challenged by the U.S. cultural context and the informal educational system that reinforces a genocidal trajectory for our children. The NBEA embraces a community village approach to successful education. Mentoring programs, which are based in cultural awareness and a rmation, intentionally designed and implemented, can make the di erence in saving the African American child. This Action Group will highlight and share best practices for implementing successful mentoring and culturally rich programs beyond schools.

ESTABLISHING SHADOW SCHOOL BOARDS AND EFFECTIVE LOBBYING AND LEGISLATIVE 11 ADVOCACY
This Action Group will help to organize and empower parents and students to: 1) End Mayoral Control / Privatization of Public Education where it exists and negatively impacts children of African ancestry; 2) replace it with a Human Rights-based school governance system with people’s oversight coming from the neighborhood down to the citywide system;
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3) implement culturally connected curriculum, instruction and assessment coupled with increased Black and Latino educators; and 4) support an independent Parent Union and an independent Student Union. In addition, the Shadow School Boards Action Group will work within a Human Rights framework as outlined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. According to this Declaration parents, students and their communities have the Right to: • participate in the governance of the educational system • independently monitor the system • adequate training and information that would ensure effective participation in the system and • effective and timely remedies when rights are violated. In essence, the Shadow School Boards will be one of the key bases for e ective lobbying, advocacy and struggle for the National Black Education Agenda's new national organization.

ENGAGING AND PARTNERING WITH OTHER NON-EDUCATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS & ALLIES

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Partners and Allies are key to the success of any national movement in the U.S. for educational excellence for people of African ancestry. This Action Group will de ne what it mean to be a Partner and an Ally in this movement and will develop a plan to seek and get support from Partners and Allies across racial, class and national lines. Key to all of this alliance work is the willingness of Partners and Allies to take leadership from a progressive Black-led organization.

BLACK YOUTH SPEAK; ELDERS LISTEN AND HEAR: WHAT WE NEED TO SAVE US! 13 “. . .Whoever wants to be a healer must rst take leave of the world he’s grown up in before his mind is freed for learning.” (The Healers, Armah, 1978, p. 90)
This Action Group invites elders, who are well versed in past and present examples of excellent African and African Diaspora educational pedagogy and practices, to listen to Black youth speak to the question, “How are you and your African American brothers and sisters doing in school?” Elders will engage youth in focused conversations that lead to a common set of understandings, goals and objectives concerning what is needed to signi cantly improve the quality of educational outcomes for African American students enrolled in America’s schools. Expected to emerge from this Action Group are youth and Elder leaders who will, together, produce a set of culturally appropriate action plans--including assigned tasks and timelines--to be used as a model for training and educating Black youth and their families, regionally and nationally, to take ownership and responsibility for the socialization and education of all Black children and youth.

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A WORKING SUMMIT

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