Mission: At the heart of Black Literacy Matters® mission is the recognition that Black Literacy Matters, and through a structured literacy lens, we aim to elevate society across all sectors. Our commitment is to empower Black children by providing structured literacy programs that nurture their foundational skills. By doing so, we believe in unlocking their full potential, fostering inclusive excellence, and contributing to a society where the benefits of literacy ripple through education, workforce, and every facet of life.

Date: April 10th through 12th, 2024

Location: College of Saint Mary, 7000 Mercy Road, Omaha, NE 68106

Airport Code: OMA

Conference Theme: “Transforming the Narrative: Black Literacy Matters Conference – Addressing the Civil, Human, and Social Justice Crisis.”

Conference Objectives:

I. The Inaugural Black Literacy Matters® Conference is designed for a diverse audience committed to advancing Black literacy and embracing the mission of the organization.

Potential attendees include:

  • Educators and Teachers: Those dedicated to enhancing literacy education for Black students and seeking innovative approaches to structured literacy.
  • Parents and Caregivers: Individuals interested in supporting the literacy development of Black children, gaining insights into effective strategies, and fostering a love for reading at home.
  • Community Leaders: Those actively engaged in community development and interested in promoting literacy as a tool for empowerment and positive change.
  • Policy Makers and Advocates: Individuals shaping educational policies and advocating for equitable access to structured literacy programs within the Black community.
  • Literacy Researchers: Scholars and researchers focused on understanding and addressing literacy disparities, contributing to evidence-based practices for Black learners.
  • Nonprofit Organizations: Representatives from organizations aligned with the mission of Black Literacy Matters, working towards educational equity and literacy improvement.
  • Students: Black students interested in exploring the transformative power of literacy, seeking guidance, and connecting with mentors and resources.

By bringing together this diverse audience, the conference aims to foster collaboration, share insights, and collectively work towards achieving the goals outlined in the mission of Black Literacy Matters.

II. The Inaugural Black Literacy Matters® Conference should feature a diverse range of topics that align with the mission of empowering Black children through structured literacy programs and contributing to societal elevation. Some suggested presentation topics include:

  • Effective Strategies in Structured Literacy Education:
    • Implementing evidence-based approaches to enhance foundational literacy skills.
    • Adapting instructional methods for diverse learning styles within the Black community.
  • Promoting a Love for Reading:
    • Cultivating a reading culture at home and in schools.
    • Incorporating diverse literature that reflects the experiences of Black individuals.
  • Community Engagement for Literacy Improvement:
    • Building partnerships between schools, families, and community organizations.
    • Harnessing community resources to support literacy programs.
  • Technology and Innovation in Literacy Education:
    • Integrating technology tools to enhance literacy learning.
    • Exploring innovative solutions to address literacy disparities.
  • Culturally Responsive Teaching Practices:
    • Incorporating culturally relevant content in literacy curricula.
    • Creating inclusive classrooms that celebrate diversity.
  • Advocacy for Educational Equity:
    • Addressing systemic barriers to literacy education within the Black community.
    • Empowering advocates to drive policy changes for improved literacy outcomes.
  • Parental Involvement and Support:
    • Strategies for parents to actively participate in their child’s literacy development.
    • Building effective communication channels between schools and families.
  • Intersectionality and Literacy:
    • Recognizing and addressing the unique intersectional challenges faced by Black learners.
    • Ensuring inclusive practices that consider various aspects of identity.
  • Role of Mentorship and Role Models:
    • Highlighting the impact of mentorship in literacy development.
    • Showcasing successful Black individuals as literacy role models.
  • Assessment and Measurement of Literacy Skills:
    • Implementing effective assessment tools to measure literacy proficiency.
    • Using data to inform targeted interventions and support.

By covering these topics, the conference can provide a comprehensive and insightful exploration of key issues and strategies related to Black literacy improvement, contributing to the mission of Black Literacy Matters.

III. Black Literacy Matters® serves a diverse range of individuals and groups within the Black community, with a focus on empowering and improving literacy outcomes. The organization is dedicated to serving:

  • Black Children: Providing structured literacy programs to empower Black children, nurture their foundational skills, and unlock their full potential.
  • Black Families and Caregivers: Offering resources, support, and guidance to parents and caregivers interested in fostering a literacy-rich environment at home and actively engaging in their child’s education.
  • Black Educators and Teachers: Supporting educators with professional development opportunities, resources, and innovative strategies to enhance literacy instruction tailored to the needs of Black students.
  • Black Communities: Engaging and collaborating with local communities to address literacy disparities, foster a culture of reading, and contribute to overall community development.
  • Black Students in Higher Education: Providing resources and support to Black students pursuing higher education, recognizing the importance of continued literacy development in academic success.
  • Education Advocates: Collaborating with individuals and groups advocating for educational equity and policy changes to ensure equal access to quality literacy education for Black learners.
  • Literacy Researchers: Partnering with researchers to contribute to the body of knowledge on effective literacy interventions and strategies for the Black community.
  • Policy Makers: Advocating for policy changes that address systemic barriers and promote equitable access to structured literacy education within the Black community.

By serving these diverse stakeholders, Black Literacy Matters aims to create a collective impact, fostering inclusive excellence and contributing to a society where the benefits of literacy ripple through education, workforce, and every facet of life.