Moving Forward: An Education For a Different America | South Bronx Community Charter High School

Moving Forward: An Education For a Different America will be a unique virtual experience unlike any other. While most educator conferences are created by adults for adults, this one will include school’s most
critical constituents – students – in every element of the conference. COVID and the racial justice movement
have forced educators to reimagine teaching and learning and in the process, prompted pivots in practice
putting students in the driver’s seat of their educational experience. South Bronx Community has been at the
forefront of liberatory pedagogy and student empowerment dating back to the origin of it’s educational
model in 2013 which was co-designed with students.

At Moving Forward, young people and educators will partner in facilitating workshops to help prepare
schools for the new conditions they will be addressing for years to come. We know that the student
experience will have to shift, so we are asking students to help create this new paradigm together with us.
Moving Forward means putting equity and justice at the center of our learning experiences. Moving Forward
means integrating social and emotional learning and healing into the purpose of school. Moving Forward
means reimagining educational environments to reflect the young people we serve and the community they
will create and lead in our collective future. Moving Forward will provide a space for educators and their
students to share best practices for a new, better education for all.

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Conference Tickets

Registration is now open. Participants can register here. Tickets are free. Individual and group tickets are
available.

Conference Proposals

We are now accepting proposals! Head on over to our proposals page to submit your session proposal! We
accept proposals on a rolling basis. For more information please contact
educationalconference@southbronxcommunity.org.

Keynote Speakers

Jalaya Liles-Dunn, a thought leader in social and racial justice pedagogy, anti-bias training, advocacy and movement building for over 20 years, is the director of Learning for Justice. Prior to joining Learning for Justice, Jalaya championed child advocacy at the Children’s Defense Fund through her roles as national director of the CDF Freedom Schools® program and director of youth leadership and development. Her leadership led to training 5,000 young leaders of color for action in their home communities, managing national partnerships that provided high quality summer and afterschool programming for 13,000 children annually, and developing cohorts of educators to institute culturally responsive and sustainable teaching models in their local schools. 

Jalaya has served as a social justice consultant for the University of Arkansas Academy for Educational Equity. Her work with the Academy for Educational Equity involved providing professional development and train-the-trainer sessions for core instructional staff, training and developing curriculum for up to 100 educators placed in Arkansas schools, and developing curriculum for graduate-level teacher training. Jalaya has translated her experiences in training and development, advocacy, and social and racial justice to the health and wellness of wellness-deprived populations. She created the House of J in rural South Carolina that includes a farm and wellness retreat to address the health disparities of poor communities of color with a specific focus on women. Jalaya is a graduate of Spelman College and the University of North Carolina-Pembroke, with a Bachelor of Arts in political science and a Master of Public Administration, respectively. 

Nupol Kiazolu is a powerhouse in the field of activism, from being on the front lines of the Charlottesville protests to taping “Do I look suspicious?” behind her hoodie in the wake of Travyon Martin’s death. Kiazolu is an internationally recognized civil rights activist and organizer, and Miss Liberia USA. The Brooklyn-native has been a leading voice among Generation Z, focusing on civil rights, domestic and sexual violence, and homelessness.

When Kiazolu is not at Hampton University, striving to obtain her BA in Political Science, she is being recognized by Teen Vogue, Dosomething.org, and Princeton University, and delivering speeches all around the world. Kiazolu is also the first HBCU student to be a part of Teen Vogue’s 21 under 21 list.