Keynote Spotlight: Howard C. Stevenson

On April 15, 2020, some 450 education professionals will meet at the Royal Sonesta Boston hotel in Cambridge, MA for the 12th Annual NPEA Conference, Reaching Out and Rising Up: Forging Ahead for Student Success. The challenges facing the field of educational access are myriad, and conference attendees will spend three days networking, learning best practices, and sharing strategies for student success.

In attendance will be Howard C. Stevenson, the Constance Clayton Professor of Urban Education and a professor of Africana Studies at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education. Howard will be delivering a keynote at 1:45pm on Thursday, April 16, followed by a workshop, If Elephants Could Talk: Racial Literacy for Healing School Conflicts. Join us in April to hear Howard yourself, and learn more about his workshop and work below.

If Elephants Could Talk: Racial Literacy for Healing School Conflicts
Howard C. Stevenson, Constance Clayton Professor of Urban Education, Professor of Africana Studies, Graduate School of Education, University of Pennsylvania; Executive Director, Racial Empowerment Collaborative; and Director, Forward Promise
Description: Given the national turmoil regarding racial relations and inequity, many concerns exist about how children and families make emotional sense of this unrest. Parents and teachers question how best to raise and teach children within this climate. The stress of these racial politics are most evident in relationships. This workshop will focus on racial literacy strategies to reduce, recast, and resolve the stress of in-the-moment, face-to-face racial encounters. We can reduce the negative effects of racism on our bodies, minds, and souls, but not without racial climate change. Racial literacy calls for improving racial storytelling, mindfulness and assertiveness, fundamental skills in activism and healthy decision-making. Participants will learn: 1) about the role racial socialization plays in coping with unpredictable racial encounters; 2) to interpret racial encounters as resolvable rather than impossible threats to control; 3) to help self and others regulate emotions during face-toface racially stressful encounters; and 4) to use racial mindfulness and build confidence to assert oneself during incidents of injustice.

More about Dr. Stevenson:

Dr. Howard Stevenson is the Constance Clayton Professor of Urban Education, Professor of Africana Studies, in the Human Development & Quantitative Methods Division of the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Stevenson is Executive Director of the Racial Empowerment Collaborative (REC), a research, program development, and training center that brings together community leaders, researchers, authority figures, families, and youth to study and promote racial literacy and health in schools and neighborhoods. Dr. Stevenson also the Director of Forward Promise, a national program office funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, to provide philanthropic support for organizations designed to improve the health of boys and young men of color and their families and to help them heal from the trauma of historical and present-day dehumanization, discrimination, and colonization. Since 1985, Dr. Stevenson has served as a clinical and consulting psychologist working in impoverished rural and urban neighborhoods across the country.

Dr. Stevenson’s work focuses on how educators, community leaders, and parents can emotionally resolve face-to-face racially stressful encounters that reflect racial profiling in public spaces, fuel social conflicts in neighborhoods, and undermine student emotional well-being and academic achievement in the classroom.

Learn more about Dr. Stevenson here.

Check out Dr. Stevenson’s recent TED Talk, How to Resolve Racially Stressful Situations.

Learn more about one of Dr. Stevenson’s most recent books, Promoting Racial Literacy in Schools: Differences That Make a Difference (2014).