RJN! Interim Executive Director, Hashim Jabar, was invited to speak at the recent American Educational Research Association (AERA) conference in New York City. AERA, founded in 1916, is concerned with improving the educational process by encouraging scholarly inquiry related to education and evaluation and by promoting the dissemination and practical application of research results. It is a national research society that strives to advance knowledge about education, to encourage scholarly inquiry related to education, and to promote the use of research to improve education and serve the public good.
The coveted invitation came from A Black Education Network (ABEN) Executive Director Debra Watkins, M.Ed., M.A. Founder, President & Executive Director ABEN, California Alliance of African American Educators (CAAAE) San Jose, California. Within the AERA community of education researchers, members belong to one or more of the 12 divisions and over 155 special interest groups (SIGs). Debra Watkins belongs to the Black education SIG. Jabar addressed the Black researchers about RJN! & the West Dayton Youth Task Force’s campaign to promote culturally relevant curriculum and culturally responsive schools. He also shared the organization’s culturally relevant curriculum toolkit.
Racial Justice NOW! will also be the event opener at ABEN’s summer Institute at Stanford University. The theme is Pedagogies & Practices for Successfully Reaching African American Students.