The 2nd Annual #BlackSELSummit highlights educators and elevates the voices of African American people in the social-emotional field. We aim to create healthy dialog around policy, critical race theory, and ways to expose social-emotional learning to surrounding communities and its key stakeholders.
The Student Union Center Parking lot is reserved for the #BlackSELSummit23 and #BlackSELGala23 attendees.
Please note: You will need to provide proof of ticket to park in the parking lot
#BlackSELSummit23 will take place on Thursday, September 28th from 8am – 3pm followed by the #BlackSELGala23 from 6pm – 10pm. Both events will take place at North Carolina Central University’s New Student Union Center located at 1801 Fayetteville Street, Durham, NC.
Day two of the Summit will take place on Friday, September 29th from 8am – 1pm, followed by the Black SEL Self-Awareness Block Party which will take place at “The Bull” Downtown Durham (211 W. Parrish St., Durham, NC 27701) from 2:30pm – 7:30pm.
Dr. Cynthia Treadwell is the Executive Director for the Office of Social and Emotional Learning. Prior to this role, she was the Principal of Ira F. Aldridge Elementary. During her principalship, she accomplished becoming a CAHN fellow for distinguished principals and a Chicago Public Schools distinguished principal. Dr. Treadwell has been an educator in Chicago Public Schools for the past 22 years and she has fulfilled various roles. In addition to being a driven educator, Dr. Treadwell has had the opportunity to teach courses as an Adjunct Instructor to help strengthen the pipeline and development of future educators. Dr. Treadwell holds a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from National Louis University and she is the author of 30 Days of Encouragement for the Educator. Her goal is to create academically engaging school communities and learning experiences that fosters curiosity, kindness, and a strong focus on social and emotional skills for all.
Dr. Michael Mallery is a transformative leader and educational influencer with over 14 years of experience working with educational systems at the secondary and post-secondary levels. Dr. Mallery currently leads the Award Winning Social Emotional Learning Department of Windsor Public Schools in Connecticut. He holds a B.S. in Marketing from Southern University and A&M College. M.A. in Survey Research and a Ph.D. in Learning, Leadership, and Educational Policy from the University of Connecticut (UConn).
Greg Lucas is an educator, trainer, and non-profit leader with over 20 years of school-based youth development experience. Greg has coached and led schools in the implementation and assessment of social emotional learning, school climate, restorative practices and culturally responsive student engagement. Greg is the founder of Joy Roots LLC. Joy Roots is a training and consulting collective focused on equity-centered social and emotional development and restorative practices. Greg also serves as the Director of Social and Emotional Learning at New Visions for Public Schools where he oversees the implementation and continuous improvement of social emotional learning, restorative practices, equitable policies, and positive school climate for a network of New York City schools. Greg is also an equity fellow with the Deeper Learning Equity Fellowship and has served as a consultant for both local and national organizations including the NYC Administration for Children’s Services, NYC PRIDE, World Vision, Fresh Air Fund, City Relief, and Girls Scouts of America. Greg is a school coach with the National School Climate Center where he advises school leaders from across the country on issues of school culture and climate. Greg also serves as a trainer and consultant for Ramapo for Children where he has led the development of training content and facilitates training for schools and community based organizations. Greg serves as associate pastor for New Light Baptist Church of Harlem, NY. Greg holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Long Island University, a Master’s Degree in Social Welfare from the University at Albany and is currently completing a Doctorate in Education with a concentration in Social and Emotional Learning at Antioch University.
Director of Social Emotional Learning and Restorative Practices |
Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools
This breakout session will examine the ways to effectively evaluate Black SEL programs and their success with Black youth. The session will provide participants with up to date research concepts and practices. This will be an engaging session that will prepare participants to better integrate research practices into their everyday work with children and families.
Meet Your Host:
Taneisha Brown, Ph.D. is a Program Evaluator with over 18 years of experience as a director, educational program developer, grant writer and manager, and program evaluator. Dr. Brown’s expertise is with both qualitative and quantitative methodologies and she has evaluated programs funded by the National Science Foundation, US Department of Education, US Department of Health and Human Services, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Dr. Brown received a Bachelor of Science in International Affairs from Georgia Institute of Technology, a Master’s of Public Administration with a concentration in Nonprofit Management from Georgia State University, and a Ph.D. in Educational Policy Studies Program with a concentration in Research, Measurement, and Statistics from Georgia State University.
This session will provide participants an opportunity to take a further dig into the data that has been collected by The Dangers of the Mind Education Fund. The participants will review and discuss the current data. Facilitators will provide information around how data can support best practices.
Meet Your Host: Ashley Mathews is currently working as a School Social Worker at Windsor Public Schools. She earned her undergraduate degree in Psychology from Bennett College for Women (2005) and her MSW from the University of Connecticut (2009). She is currently a doctoral candidate in the DSW program at Southern Connecticut University. Over the last 15 years she has worked with various organizations to support children and their families’ socioemotional needs. Her advocacy work within the school system has been impactful to many children and their families. She is passionate about early childhood social-emotional development, positive self-concept among youth, and racial equity in education.
Description: This session will provide participants culturally responsive strategies that can be utilized in the classroom to support Black youth SEL development. Participants will engage in hands-on learning opportunities and will leave with take home items.
Meet Your Host: Jahara Davis was born in Darmstadt, Germany. She grew up in Fayetteville, North Carolina, where her father is retired military and her mother is currently a chaplain for the VA Medical Center. She graduated from North Carolina Central University with an undergraduate degree in English Literature. In 2014, she began teaching as an English I teacher at E.E. Smith High School (Fayetteville, NC). A few years later, Davis taught at West Charlotte High School in Charlotte, NC. It was there, she received her first award for Teacher of the Year and made it to the top nine in Charlotte-Mecklenburg County by becoming the 2017-2018 PROJECT LIFT Learning Community Teacher of the Year (Charlotte, NC). That same year, she won the 2018 CIAA Food Lion High School Educator Award. Davis has worked at three Historically Black High Schools (HBHS) in the state of North Carolina. Currently, she works at Hillside High School (Durham, NC) where she teaches English II, is the English Department Chair and the advisor over three school organizations. Davis’ motto stems from the community philosophy, “It takes a village to raise a child,” because that is what inspired her catchy thematic classroom: Village University. Hence why her students affectionately refer to her as Professor Davis. Her ability to create a culture around building positive student-teacher relationships has allowed her to be recognized from the Black SEL Non-Profit as 2022 Black SEL Awardee and receiving recognition for buying out a movie theater to surprise all 96 of her students to go see Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. Recently, she was awarded the 2023-2024 Durham Public School’s Teacher of the Year and 2023 40 Under 40 for North Carolina Central University. Her style of teaching has impacted hundreds of students over the last nine years. To know Davis, you will know her proudest accomplishment is being the mother of her two beautiful children, Carter and Davis.
Description: This breakout session will review best practices for collaborating with others to support Black SEL efforts. Participants will actively engage in ways to build practices that support the collaboration of Black SEL providers.
Meet Your Host: After working across grade levels in different districts as a teacher, reading specialist, teacher tutor, mentor and student advocate, it became clear to me that there is a lack of programs that support the personal growth and development of students, especially girls, as they navigate a technology and social media driven world. As a classroom teacher I felt despite their academic success I was falling short of nurturing their self- esteem, self-worth and social skills. As a result, in March 2018 I launched, Girls Embracing Manifestation, a student development and character building workshop, that focuses on the importance of self advocacy, effective communication and conflict resolution designed to encourage girls to believe in their abilities and introduce them to a more complex way of thinking. Through this transition I began working collaboratively with Dangers Of The Mind as a ReSELient Coach Lead overseeing curriculum instruction with our partner schools and more recently took on the role as the Program Coordinator for BlackSEL.
Description: This breakout session will review evidence based practices regarding ways to integrate Black SEL into various Black spaces such as: churches, homes, schools, community agencies, and etc. This session will be interactive and allow participants to share and learn.
Meet Your Host: Michaela Stovall, is an instructional administrator and teacher coach for a public school in the state of North Carolina. Michaela’s expertise is in instructional development and planning, student data analysis, and coaching educators. Michaela has supported Title I schools in urban areas for over 5 years. Michaela Stovall received her Bachelor’s of Science in K-6 Education with a concentration in African American and African Diaspora Studies from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and a Master’s in School Administration from Gardner-Webb University.
Closing remarks from Executive Director and Black SEL Creator, Kristen Hopkins.
Exhibition hall will be open from 2:30pm-3pm. The Summit portion of the event will end at 3pm. The Gala portion of the event will take place at 6pm at the NCCU New Student Union Center (same location).
Black SEL is about acknowledging the ways that SEL competencies have been present in black communities long before the designation or study of social-emotional learning.