Sunday, November 18, 2012

40th Annual National Alliance of Black School Educators (NABSE) conference

Educators focus on teaching and learning at NABSE

For its 40th Annual Conference, well-planned by the host committee in Nashville, TN this week-end, the National Alliance of Black School Educators (NABSE) scheduled workshops and sessions in support of the theme: Teaching & Learning:  What is Working in America's Classrooms that Impacts the Success of Children of African Descent."

Founded in 1970, NABSE is the nation's largest network of African American educators.  With a membership of educators from diverse ethnic backgrounds, NABSE's mission is to:  Improve the educational accomplishments of African American youth through the development and deployment  of instructional and motivational methods that increase levels of inspiration, attendance and overall achievement.

In addition to wide-ranging general interest workshops, the NABSE Conference included a Youth Symposium and sessions in five designated strands: Educators, Principals, Superintendents, Higher Education and School Boards.   Popular pre-conference activities were a Parents Day Summit, an Aspiring Superintendents Academy, and instructive K-12 and Collegiate Tours.

The following Keynote Speakers delivered education messages of advocacy and inspiration  from varied perspectives:  Dr. Zollie Stevenson, Jr. --  Howard University Associate Professor of Educational Administration and Policy, Roland S. Martin--nationally syndicated journalist and CNN analyst, Dr. Melba Patillo Beals--educator, journalist, author and member of the Little Rock Nine and Se7en--teacher, Spoken Word Artist and inspirational speaker.

During a deserving tribute, NABSE expressed gratitude to Chief of Staff Quentin R. Lawson who is retiring after 16 years of dedication and quality administration.  Under his professional and caring leadership, NABSE grew in general memberships, affiliates, partnerships and corporate representatives, while tapping into a national pool of superior talent in the education of under-served children and youth.  

Thanks to presiding immediate-past NABSE President Dr. Carrol A. "Butch" Thomas, Superintendent - Beaumont TX., for providing three years of responsible leadership and highly distinguished service.

Congratulations to newly installed NABSE President Dr. Bernard Hamilton, a former Superintendent and now Jefferson County Public Schools Title I Administrator, Louisville, KY.

The 40th Annual Conference of the National Alliance of Black School Educators (NABSE) welcomed attendees from across the country participating in workshops, visiting over 250 exhibits, and networking with other members and friends of the nation's premier association of African American educators. 

WHO ATTENDED: NABSE members, supporters, superintendents, principals, school board members, education human resource professionals, deans, professors, education department heads, administrative/educational support staff, teachers, parents, curriculum specialists, students, employers, job seekers, clergy and individuals/organizations concerned about the education of our nation's children.