AAREA® 9th Annual Professional Development Summit – February 2-3 2018

AAREA® 9th Annual Professional Development Summit – February 2-3 2018

African American Regional Educational Alliances®' 9th Annual Professional Development Summit

Celebrating and Cultivating a Brilliant, Resilient, and Strong Educational Community:

Building and Strengthening Strategic Alliances

Join us as we learn, connect, and expand our thinking around supporting African American students’ academic, social, cultural, and emotional success!

In each plenary session and workshop presentation, our scholars will explore the following questions from their unique personal and professional perspectives:

  • How do we build and sustain strategic alliances with various stakeholders to support and advance the needs of African American students and their families?
  • How do we honor our past, embrace the present, and cultivate our future?

Our esteemed scholars bring insights into building and strengthening strategic alliances and, with our participants, will facilitate discussions both galvanizing and crystallizing these efforts. Get ready to:

  • Discover a unique blend of vision, inspiration, and practical skills immediately applicable to your work.
  • Leverage a powerful resource to transform both yourself and your community.
  • Re-engage. Re-energize. Rejuvenate.

2018 Professional Development Summit Presenters:

2018 Professional Development Summit Keynote Speaker

Ryan J. Smith

Executive Director
Education Trust - West

Dr. Siri Brown

Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs

Peralta Community College District

Dr. Michael J. Dumas

Assistant Professor of the Graduate School of Education and the African American Studies Department

University of California, Berkeley

Dr. Robert Cooper

Associate Professor of Education and Director of Education Studies Minor Program

University of California, Los Angeles

Dr. Kimberly Mayfield

Chair of Education Department

Holy Names University

Dr. Ardella J. Dailey

Assistant Professor of the Educational Leadership Department

California State University, East Bay

Dr. Jason Okonofua

Professor of Psychology

University of California, Berkeley

Professional Development Summit Details

Saturday, February 3rd 2018, 8am – 4pm

California State University, East Bay
Hayward, CA

Presenters will explore the uniqueness of the African American cultural experience and discuss the pedagogical and programmatic practices and strategies that educators and parents may use to enhance with African American students.

All workshop sessions are designed to provoke thought, provide insight, strategies, and tools that allow participants to dive deeper into what it means to be fearless, compassionate, resilient educational leaders and advocates for African American students and their families.

Conference Fee includes:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Reception
  • Choice of Workshop Sessions
  • ŸConference Materials
  • Continuing Education Units Ÿ
  • Conference T-shirt

Conference Fee includes: Ÿ

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Reception
  • Choice of Workshop Sessions (to be announced)
  • ŸConference Materials Ÿ
  • Continuing Education Units Ÿ
  • Conference T-shirt

Other Event Features:

  • Culturally relevant educational materials and resources
  • Networking with professionals and experts on African American education

Registration Rates:  Register Early and Save!
Register by December 31, 2017:

  • Super Saver Early Registration Rate – $250 

Register from January 1 – January 31, 2018:

  • General Registration Rate – $300 

Register from February 1 – 3 2018 or On-Site:

  • Late and On-Site Registration – $350

Group Discounts Available!
Group registration rates are available until December 31, 2017:

  • Team of 5 to 9 – $225 per person
  • Team of 10 or more – $215 per person 


Past Workshop topics have included:

  • Partnering with Parents: Powerful Strategies for Strengthening School-Family Partnerships
  • The Village Method Presents: Reclaiming our Village
  • Transformative Educational Leadership
  • Can You Hear Me Now? Building a Trusting Relationship in the African American Community through Active Listening.
  • Cultivating Social and Emotional Intelligence: A Culturally Relevant Approach to Restorative Practices
  • Healing Trauma, Toxic Stress, and Building Collaboration with African American Families
  • Building the Achievement Pipeline to College through Effective Partnerships
  • Crossing the Chasm: Mastering the Art of Collaboration

2018 Educators of Excellence Honorees:

2018 PDS Keynote Speaker - Ryan J. Smith

Executive Director

Education Trust - West

Dr. Odie Douglas

Assistant Superintendent - Educational Services

Pleasanton Unified School District

Amani Dunham

Educator on Special Assignment

San Lorenzo Unified School District

David Goodlett

Educator, Mentor, & Community Activist

Stan Hebert

Associate Vice President - Student Affairs

California State University, East Bay

Dr. Matt Kritscher

Vice President - Student Services

Chabot College

Dr. Rosanna Mucetti

Deputy Superintendent - Educational Services

San Leandro Unified School District

Ric Ricard

Educator, Mentor, & Community Activist

Sherry Smith

Senior Fellow

Making Waves Foundation

Pastor Tommy Smith & Mrs. Sandra Smith

Palma Ceia Baptist Church