State of Black Learning (SBL) is a two-day conference designed for thought leaders, learning stakeholders, and educators across Pittsburgh and the country who teach and support learning through various platforms. The conference uses insightful analysis, commentary, and facilitated dialogue on best practices to help participants critically discuss how systemic inequities in race, gender, and socioeconomic status continue to shape and impact learning for Black children.

Whether considering a child’s home life or integrating a learning strategy to enhance student engagement, it is essential to hone in on the ways in which educators interact with and teach Black students. SBL is strategically designed to increase educator effectiveness and provide the tools necessary to help participants address all the factors that improve student outcomes and help Black children learn. SBL2019 will continue the impact of our collective and individual learning to advance positive momentum in the service of Black students.

SBL2019 will also welcome Dr. Bettina L. Love, author of We Want to Do More Than Survive: Abolitionist Teaching and The Pursuit of Educational Freedom to deliver the opening day keynote.