Save the Date: 2nd Annual Educators of Color Conference is June 17! Proposals due May 22#ecc17

The Second Annual Educators of Color Conference
We BEEN Here: Educators of Color Changing the World of STEAM
Saturday, June 17, 2017
Cambridge, Rindge and Latin High School
Cambridge, MA

“The obligation of anyone who thinks of himself as responsible is to examine society and try to change it and to fight it–at no matter what risk. This is the only hope society has. This is the only way societies change.” James Baldwin, A Talk to Teachers

Call For Proposals: Deadline May 22, 2017

It is a pleasure to invite you to the second annual Educators of Color Conference. The conference is organized by a grassroots group of educators, community organizers, and professionals of color and will take place at CRLS on June 17, 2017 from 9:00-3.

The Race, Education and Democracy Network (REDSTEM) is a network of Black STEAM educators, professionals, and community organizers who are committed to supporting each other and creating opportunities for students of color, in schools and in out of school settings, to excel in STEAM disciplines. The Network was founded in the aftermath of Dr. Freeman Hrabowski’s 2013 Simmons College/Beacon Press Race Education and Democracy Lectures.

The Educators of Color Group was re-started at CRLS (after a period of dormancy) in 2014 to address issues related to the recruitment, retention and long-term flourishing of educators of color. We hope that you will consider submitting a proposal that will address issues relevant to this audience. The theme of the Educators of Color Conference is “We BEEN Here: Educators of Color Changing the World of STEAM”

This year’s conference will feature a keynote by Dr. Nettrice Gaskins, a luncheon for STEAM professionals to host students, and a closing panel of STEAM professionals sharing their experiences, challenges and successes.

Dr. Nettrice Gaskins is one of the most exciting and sought out scholar/educators/artists, professors in STEAM education today. Her model for  ‘techno-vernacular creativity’ is an area of practice that investigates the characteristics of this production and its application in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics.  Nettrice has researched and created culturally situated computer design tools, and supported the use of digital technologies by students and faculty in all art/media disciplines. Her essays are in Meet Me at the Fair: A World’s Fair Reader published by ETC Press, Future Texts: Subversive Performance and Feminist Bodiespublished by Parlor Press and Afrofuturism 2.0: The Rise of Astro-Blackness. She is currently the director of theSTEAM Lab at Boston Arts Academy.

Please join us for this important event, spread the word, and bring colleagues with you. Also, please consider submitting a proposal to share your own excellent work. The deadline to submit proposals is May 22, 2017.

Topics of Interest:

  • High-leverage, exemplary classroom practices that have impacted underserved students in the areas of STEAM in K-16 settings
  • STEAM for underserved populations

Guide for Presenters:

We are seeking workshop proposals. All workshops will be 60 minutes and should address one of the topics of interest, be interactive, and relevant to the conference theme. Proposals should be 250 words. We encourage proposals from groups of presenters as well as first-time presenters. Please submit proposals via Google Forms using this link:

Guide for STEAM Professionals (who may or may not be presenting a workshop):

We are seeking STEAM professionals to host tables of 6-8 students during lunch. During this time, professionals will engage with young people about their education, careers, and experiences. If you are interested in participating in the luncheon, please register for the conference and indicate your willingness to host. Additionally, please indicate if you would like to participate in the closing panel of STEAM professionals of color to share their journeys in STEAM, focusing on the supports, challenges, dilemmas and successes they have faced.

Sponsorship Opportunities:

Sponsorship opportunities abound to help produce a successful event. We seek funding to support stipends for presenters, facilities fees, meals (breakfast, lunch). Sponsors may also sponsor workshops. For more information, please contact Dr. Kim Parker at

Important Dates:

Proposals Due via email: May 22, 2017

Notification of Acceptance: May 30, 2017

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For any inquiries about proposals, please contact Dr. Kim Parker ( On behalf of the Conference Committee, we look forward to seeing you on June 17, 2017.

In solidarity,

Ms. Michelle, Li, Ms. Bernadette Manning, Dr. Kimberly N. Parker, Dr. Theresa Perry, Conference Chairs




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