BOND Academy 2023

From Abstract to Action: Transforming the Culture of Schooling to Support Students, Educators, and Communities of Color.

The Building Our Network of Diversity (BOND) Project is committed to advancing efforts to recruit, develop, retain, and empower male educators of color. The BOND Project demonstrates its commitment through professional enrichment, mentoring, scholarship, and fellowship activities across the country.


Our yearly conference, will take place from May 19th through May 21st at Bowie State University, an HBCU in Bowie, Maryland. The Academy will feature powerful presentations and discussions on instructional strategies, career advancement, community building, cultural proficiency, and social emotional learning, primarily through the lens of male educators of color. Practitioners at every level of education (teachers, professors, counselors, para-educators, administrators, central office staff, student teachers) are welcome, as well as community leaders, board of education members, elected officials, and interested community members.

The BOND Academy 2023

Our presenters lead creative, 50-minute presentations that challenge the perspectives of our audience, while at the same time entertaining them and deepening their knowledge. In addition, we host multiple panels that represent the perspectives of a wide range of stakeholders in education. Presentations and panels connect to at least one of the following domains:

1. Instructional Strategies

2. Social Emotional Learning/Trauma-Informed Practices

3. Educator Development and Empowerment

4. Antiracist Practices and Social Justice

5. Workforce Diversity (Recruitment & Retention)

6. Community Partnerships

Event Registration

Early Registration: (January 23, 2023 – March 31, 2023): $99

Regular Registration: (April 1, 2023 – May 8, 2023): $199

Late Registration: (May 9, 2023 – May 21, 2023): $250

Keynote Speaker:

Dr. Gregory C. Hutchings, Jr.


Dr. Gregory C. Hutchings, Jr. is the founder and chief executive officer of Revolutionary ED, LLC. He is a nationally recognized educational leader, antiracism activist, and published author who unapologetically advocates for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) and racial equity in education. Dr. Hutchings was also recently appointed as the first Executive In Residence at American University’s School of Education and plays a key role in elevating the school’s Antiracist Administration, Supervision, and Leadership (ARASL) certificate program.

Dr. Hutchings has over twenty years of combined educational experience as a college admissions counselor, teacher, school principal, central office administrator, superintendent, and college professor. He specializes in antiracism in education, educational leadership, strategic planning, strategic thinking, professional learning, school board and superintendent relations, and executive coaching.

Dr. Hutchings’ life’s work is educational leadership and dismantling systemic racism in schools across America. He has received numerous awards for his educational work and leadership, including the 2022-23 Region IV Superintendent of the Year Award with the Virginia Association of School Superintendents and the 2018 recipient of the Joseph E. Hill Superintendent of the Year from the National Alliance of Black School Educators. Dr. Hutchings is the co-author of the book, Getting Into Good Trouble at School: A Guide to Building an Antiracist School System. He has contributed his expertise in education on CNN with Jake Tapper, The Kojo Nnamdi Show, C-SPAN, NPR, and as an opinion writer for EdWeek.

Dr. Hutchings earned his doctorate in educational policy, planning, and leadership from the College of William & Mary. He currently serves on numerous national boards and is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated. Dr. Hutchings is a native of Alexandria, Virginia. He and his wife, Cheryl, are proud parents of two children.

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