Abolitionist Teaching and the Pursuit of Educational Freedom: A Conversation with Dr. Bettina Love

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July 21, 2020
Abolitionist Teaching with Dr. Bettina Love
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Abolitionist Teaching and the Pursuit of Educational Freedom: A Conversation with Dr. Bettina Love

Abolitionist teaching is built on the creativity, imagination, boldness, ingenuity, and rebellious spirit and methods of abolitionists in order to demand and fight for an educational system where all students are thriving, not simply surviving. Join us for a conversation with Dr. Bettina Love where she’ll discuss the struggles and the possibilities of committing ourselves to an abolitionist goal of educational freedom, as opposed to reform, and moving beyond what she calls the educational survival complex.

Live captioning will be provided during this webinar, which takes place from 2–3:15pm ET/1–2:15pm CT/11am–12:15pm PT. This is a live-only event with limited capacity and will not be available for on-demand viewing.

At the conclusion of the webinar, you will be able to download a certificate of completion from the webinar console showing one hour of participation. Check with your school district in advance of the webinar to ensure that the professional development credit is accepted.

If you want to explore issues of educational equity more deeply, join us for Teaching for Equity and Justice: An Online Equity Summit.


About the Presenters: 

Dr. Bettina L. Love is an award-winning author and Associate Professor of Educational Theory & Practice at the University of Georgia. She is one of the field’s most esteemed educational researchers in the areas of how anti-blackness operates in schools, Hip Hop education, and urban education. Her work is also concerned with how teachers and schools working with parents and communities can build communal, civically engaged schools rooted in intersectional social justice for the goal of equitable classrooms.

For her work in the field, in 2016 Dr. Love was named the Nasir Jones Hiphop Fellow at the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University. She is also the creator of the Hip Hop civics curriculum GET FREE. In April 2017, Dr. Love participated in a one-on-one public lecture with bell hooks focused on the liberatory education practices of Black and Brown children. In 2018, Georgia’s House of Representatives presented Dr. Love with a resolution for her impact on the field of education.

Dr. Love is a sought-after public speaker on a range of topics, including antiblackness in schools, Hip Hop education, Black girlhood, queer youth, Hip Hop feminism, art-based education to foster youth civic engagement, and issues of diversity and inclusion. In 2014, she was invited to the White House Research Conference on Girls to discuss her work focused on the lives of Black girls. In addition, she is the inaugural recipient of the Michael F. Adams award (2014) from the University of Georgia. She has also provided commentary for various news outlets including NPR, The Guardian, and the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

She is the author of the books We Want To Do More Than Survive: Abolitionist Teaching and the Pursuit of Educational Freedom and Hip Hop’s Li’l Sistas Speak: Negotiating Hip Hop Identities and Politics in the New South. Her work has appeared in numerous books and journals, including the English Journal, Urban Education, The Urban Review, and Journal of LGBT Youth. In 2017, Dr. Love edited a special issue of the Journal of Lesbian Studies focused on the identities, gender performances, and pedagogical practices of Black and Brown lesbian educators.

Steve Becton is the Chief Equity and Inclusion Officer at Facing History and Ourselves. He leads organizational Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Strategy and assures that Programs, Policies, and Organizational Culture is aligned with our overall DEI vision. Steve also writes and speaks for Facing History on urban education and equity issues in and beyond the classroom. He presents at national conferences, writes blogs, and conducts workshops and webinars for educators and for the larger community centered on having courageous conversations about race and education. He is a skilled facilitator and experienced presenter. Steve leads a team of Facing History staff who are working deeply in schools to create whole school culture and transformational educational experiences that would equip educators, while also empowering students to overcome the systemic issues that have placed them at risk. Steve has a B.A. in Economics from Rhodes College, a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership, and an advanced certificate in Urban Education both from the University of Memphis. He is a 2020 doctoral candidate at the University of Memphis with a major in Urban Education.
July 21, 2020
2:00 pm - 3:15 pm
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