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.
The BOND Academy, our yearly conference, will take place from May 14th through May 16th. 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 Academy’s theme for 2021 is, “Making up for Lost Time: Critical Supports for Students, Families, and Educators of Color.”
This year’s keynote presentation will be delivered by Mr. Sharif El-Mekki, the CEO and founder of the Center for Black Educator Development.
Presenters will lead creative, 50-minute workshops that will challenge the perspectives of their audiences, while simultaneously entertaining them and deepening their knowledge. Every session will connect to at least one of the following domains: 1) Instructional Strategies, 2) Social Emotional Learning, 3) Educator Development, 4) Racial and Social Justice, 5) Policy that Supports Practice, and 6) Community Partnerships. Some presentations will be virtual and recorded in advance. However, presenters will be asked to join sessions to engage with participants in real time (e.g., chat, Q & A).
The cost of the conference will be the following:
February 1 – March 30: $20
April 1 – May 1: $30
May 1 – May 13: $40
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