Pre-Conference Events

The Sources of Urban Educational Excellence and CTAUN-ATL Committee invite you to join us for a week of pre-conference events created to provide a context to mingle, collaborate and connect in preparation for the conference commencing on October 21, 2016.


Tuesday October 18


The 11th Annual SOURCES of Urban Educational Excellence Conference began with a series of Pre-Conference events. The Pre-Conference Committee held “A Perfect Storm,” a film screening and community forum. On Tuesday October 18th we screened  selections from director, educator and philanthropist Phoebe Ferguson’s film A Perfect Storm: The Takeover of New Orleans Public Schools” reveals the real story behind the creation of the nation’s first all-charter school district. A clip of the film is below.

The film, directed by Phoebe Ferguson and Dr. Raynard Sanders, features interviews with leaders in the New Orleans education community who were faced with the daunting task of reopening schools immediately following Hurricane Katrina. The purpose of this event was for the Community of Believers and the Greater Atlanta Community to join us and learn about how the Recovery School District became the blueprint for Georgia’s Opportunity Schools District, what it entails for our primary school children, and what’s you should do about Amendment One on the ballot in the upcoming election.

A Perfect Storm: The Takeover of New Orleans Public Schools Part One 17 Days in November from N.O. Education Equity Roundtable on Vimeo.


Wednesday October 19




Following the Sources Conference themes of collaboration and negotiation, the Pre-Conference Committee bought in Dr. Arash Daneshzadeh to present his work on Restorative Hip-Hop: The Cypher. His work focuses on the collaborative process of healing,and learning to make culturally responsive classrooms. Dr. Daneshzadeh worked with educators, teachers, students and staff and through exercises that walked participants through our own educational experiences to envision that changes we would want in our education system.

Check back soon for an audio transcript of the talk! 



Thursday October 20


The last day of Pre-Conference events the committee presented A Book Talk with Dr. Akinyele Omowale Umoja We Will Shoot Back: Armed Resistance in the Mississippi Freedom Movement, at the historic Auburn Avenue Research Library on African-American Culture and History. We Will Shoot Back is a revolutionary work detailing the history of armed resistance, repression, and liberation throughout the Mississippi Freedom Struggle.


 In addition to his literary activism Dr. Umoja, is a Professor and Department Chair of  African-American Studies at Georgia State University (GSU). Here, he teaches courses related to the history of people of African descent throughout the Diaspora along with courses on Black political thought and social movements.

You can purchase a copy here

Thursday October 20

(Open to current students only)


Concurrently, the committee along with the interns of the Alonzo A. Crim Center for Urban Educational Excellence invite all students to join them in tackling the truth behind personal identity, power and privilege.

Power of Students Institute for all Georgia State University students to join in tackling the truth behind personal identity, power, and privilege.

Refreshments provided by Black Student Alliance and Black Graduate Student Association.

Did you really want to go, but missed the event? The interns are putting it on again next semester! Keep Checking here to stay updated!