8-Week Course

Educating Students of African Ancestry for

Academic and Cultural Excellence

for the New Millennium


September 23 – November 15, 2013

*In-person course attendance in Chicago:


Thursday, October 10th, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Abstract: This innovative 8-week hybrid course will use the theory and practice of Black educational excellence traditions, grounded in African philosophical and cultural constructs, as a foundation for effective teaching. Doctoral students and in-service teachers will develop proficiency in transformative culturally informed pedagogy for and with students of African ancestry. Course activities will be completed online (before) and during the Congress on Black Education in Chicago, October 10-12; the course will be completed after the Congress.


Learning-by-doing activities will include designing project-based instruction drawing from African people’s cultural assets and community resources in U.S., Canadian, Caribbean, African, and other Diaspora contexts. This course is divided into four parts:

1) Philosophical/conceptual framework,

2) Historical background,

3) Transformative pedagogies, and

4) Transformative research practices.


Professional Learning Units (PLU’s or Continuing Education Units-CEU) will be available. Doctoral students must have the approval of a faculty member/sponsor for graduate course credit (3 units).



Dr. Joyce E. King, Dr. Gloria Boutté, Enid Lee, Dr. Janice Fournillier, Dr. Tonia Durden, Dr. Brian Williams


Teaching Assistants:

Mr. Chike Akua, Ms. LaToya Russell, Ms. Zakiyyah Zai’mah


Technical Consultant:

Mr. Robert Robinson


*Course Session Fee: October 10th 10:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. – $150

This fee is in addition to required Early Bird Registration cost for all Congress attendees. Session lunch will be provided. Course materials are not included ($25).



• Currently an in-service teacher, doctoral or graduate student (faculty sponsor required for academic course credit)


Download and complete course application in full


• Submit application via email to Ms. Rusty Jackson at: info@blackedcongress.org


• Must provide a Recommendation


• Application Deadline: August 1st, 2013


• Upon approval, register for the Congress prior to August 10th


• Access to On-Line Learning platforms


• Computer with video-conferencing capabilities or iPad (strongly recommended)