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Welcome to the Strengthening Excellence:

Black Teachers Teach Summit!

We're thrilled to extend a warm invitation to educators like you to join us for the inaugural Strengthening Excellence: Black Teachers Teach Summit, hosted by Legacies Empowered in collaboration with the United Black Fund. This pioneering event is dedicated to empowering and supporting Black educators to excel in their profession.

Event Details:
Why Attend?

As educators committed to excellence and empowerment, your participation in this summit is instrumental. Here's what you can expect:

Engaging Panel Discussions:

Explore best practices for supporting Black students, elevating professional growth, and creating safe and inclusive learning environments.

Interactive Workshops:

Participate in hands-on sessions focused on mentorship, recruitment, and retention strategies tailored to Black educators.

Networking Opportunities:

Connect with fellow educators, thought leaders, and industry experts to exchange ideas and cultivate meaningful relationships.

Featured Panel Discussion:

Session 1: Nurturing Black Excellence: Elevating Professional Growth and Support for Black Teachers

Join us for an inspiring exploration into the dynamic world of Black educators. In this session, we delve deep into the challenges and triumphs faced by Black teachers, celebrating their invaluable contributions to education. Discover actionable strategies and empowering insights that foster not only professional growth but also a thriving environment where Black educators can shine. From the transformative power of mentorship to tailored development opportunities, embark on a journey toward excellence that honors and uplifts the Black teaching community.

Session 2: Creating Safe Spaces: The Fusion of Restorative Practices and Social-Emotional Learning

Unlock the secrets to building nurturing and inclusive learning environments with our expert panel. Dive into the intersection of restorative practices and social-emotional learning (SEL), where relationships are nurtured, accountability is promoted, and healing is embraced. Through engaging discussions and practical examples, learn how to cultivate classrooms and schools where every student feels respected, understood, and empowered to succeed. Join us as we embark on a journey toward creating safe spaces that foster growth, resilience, and empathy among students and educators alike.

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How to Register:

Don't miss out on this invaluable opportunity! Reserve your spot today by clicking the button below and completing the registration form. Space is limited, so secure your place early!

Registration Closes on: Wednesday, June 5th 2024

RSVP Deadline: Please confirm your attendance by Wednesday, June 5, 2024. For any inquiries or additional information, feel free to reach out to us via email at or call us at (216) 208-7211.

Thank you for considering this invitation. Let's come together to strengthen excellence in education and empower the next generation of Black educators and students.

Be among the first 50 registrants to enjoy complimentary entry, complete with a delicious lunch included. Secure your spot now and indulge in this exclusive offer!

Meet Our Esteemed Panelists
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Dr. Richard Reynolds

Dr. Richard Reynolds, Superintendent of Garfield Heights City School District and Senior Lecturer at the University of Akron, brings over 20 years of educational experience. With expertise in K-12 Education, Culturally Responsive Teaching, and Classroom Management, he has a proven track record of improving outcomes in urban settings. Holding a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction (Urban Education Strand) from UNC Charlotte, Dr. Reynolds is dedicated to enhancing school culture and implementing innovative teaching practices. We are privileged to welcome him as our keynote speaker.

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Stephen Hardaway

Stephen (Steve) Hardaway brings over 25 years of experience in education to our summit. As the principal of Moreland Hills Elementary School, Steve has led the school to receive a 5-star rating on the state's report card issued by the Ohio Department of Education and Workforce. He is dedicated to fostering a nurturing school environment and implementing data-driven instruction to develop the whole child. Steve holds a bachelor's degree in elementary education from Hiram College and a master's degree in educational leadership from John Carroll University. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family and friends, biking, and golfing.

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Dr. Temujin H. Taylor

Dr. Temujin H. Taylor is a seasoned educator with over 20 years of experience in the field. With a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Liberty University, Dr. Taylor has served in various leadership roles, including assistant principal, principal, and educational consultant. He is known for his engaging speaking style and insightful content that motivates audiences to make positive changes in their educational practices. Dr. Taylor is passionate about educational equality and social justice, believing that every student deserves access to a high-quality education. He is thrilled to share his expertise and passion with attendees at the summit.

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Andratesha Fritzgerald

Andratesha Fritzgerald is an accomplished author, educator, and international speaker. She is the author of "Antiracism and Universal Design for Learning: Building Expressways to Success," winner of the Benjamin Franklin Award. With extensive experience in education as a teacher, curriculum specialist, administrator, and director, Andratesha is dedicated to creating inclusive, antiracist learning environments for all students. She is the founder of Building Blocks of Brilliance Educational Consulting Firm and is committed to academic success for all learners.

Denine A. Goolsby, M.ED

Denine A. Goolsby brings 41 years of experience in education to our summit. With a B.S. in Elementary Education and a M. Ed. in Educational Administration from Kent State University, Denine has served as a teacher, assistant principal, principal, academic coach, and Executive Director of Social and Emotional Learning and Closing the Achievement Gap. Currently an adjunct professor at Cleveland State University, Denine is dedicated to collaborating with fellow educators and bringing a wealth of experience to the summit.

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Dr. Vincent E. Stokes II

Dr. Vincent E. Stokes II is a passionate advocate for education and community service, rising above challenges to become a beacon of hope. With academic honors from Fisk University and a Master of Divinity from Yale Divinity School, he embodies resilience and leadership. He holds a Doctorate in Ministry from Azusa Pacific University, focusing on Christian Formation and Discipleship, and is currently pursuing a joint degree in Juris Doctorate and Master of Public Administration. As a middle education teacher and active member of fraternal and civic organizations, he exemplifies dedication to uplifting others. Recognized as University Heights Citizen of the Year in 2021, his unwavering commitment to education and community empowerment makes him an invaluable panelist for our summit.

Dr. Vincent E. Stokes II is a testament to the power of resilience, education, and community service. His unwavering commitment to uplifting others and creating positive change exemplifies the spirit of our summit. We are honored to have Dr. Stokes as a distinguished panelist, sharing his insights and expertise with our esteemed attendees.

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Dr. JaTina Threat

Dr. JaTina Threat is a distinguished professional, blending expertise in social services, education, and leadership. With a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Concordia University, she champions mental health, community resources, and healthcare for families and children. Her journey includes teaching from Kindergarten to 3rd grade, school improvement collaborations, and Principal roles. Currently, as Executive Director of Human Capital Equity & Inclusion, Dr. Threat is a catalyst for positive change. Committed to ongoing growth, she remains at the forefront of industry advancements. As a speaker at the upcoming Black Teachers Summit, Dr. Threat brings not only a wealth of experience but also a passion for empowering educators and advancing educational equity. Her presence promises to inspire and ignite meaningful conversations aimed at driving positive change in the educational landscape.

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