Cage Free Voices: Mirror Images Conference
Join us for one day of heart-probing, thought-provoking, engaging, interactive, entertainment and learning. On October 15th, 2016, Cage Free Voices will host its first annual conference: Mirror Images at the R.I.S.E Demonstration Center in Washington, D.C.
The Mirror Images Conference brings educator, parent, and student alike all under one umbrella to address one of the major issues plaguing our communities: illiteracy.
The theme this year is Culturally Misdiagnosed. Come out and hear from student speakers and some of the biggest names in education—Dr. John Hodge, Dr. Trenace Richardson, Ray Nelson, Bathsheba Smithen, and Bridget Robinson Adams. Music and spoken word performances by youth and young adults.
Through activities, panel discussions, entertainment, and break-out sessions, community members are able to have open dialogue with educators concerning perceived challenges, cultural norms and practices that directly impact the learning process. The Mirror Images Conference provides: professional development for educators and administrators who are tasked with ensuring increased student outcomes; a training ground for parents who serve as determining factors in student performance; and a platform for students who are the recipients of the educational services provided.
10:30am – Conference Start (Main Room) (Girls Inc. DC Step Team Performance)
10:48am- Keynote: Dr. John Hodge “Be the One”
11:20am- Break-out Session I
12:00pm- Your Scavenger Hunt (scavenger hunt times vary based on group assignment)
12:16pm- Lunch and Scavenger Hunt Debriefing
12:55pm- Break-out Session II
1:45pm- BtheMovement Performance & Panel Discussion
2:30pm - Bathsheba Smithen (performance)
Registration cancellation and refunds:
Requests for refunds must be made in writing by October 14, 2016, and must be accompanied by a registration receipt. The amount of the refund will be reduced by a processing fee of $10. No refunds will be issued after October 14, 2016.
Events Not Included in Registration:
Meal Functions: A light lunch is included in registration. Breakfast is not included.
The R.I.S.E Demonstration Center is located at 2700 Martin Luther King, Jr. Ave., SE, Washington, D.C. 20032. There are a total of 100 spaces available in the lot behind the facility.
Break-Out Session One – Barriers to Literacy – Select one (11:20am – 11:50AM)
Dr. Trenace Richardson• REAL WOMEN & STRAYER UNIVERSITY • Main Room
The role of spirituality in leadership factors into how information is delivered and the way in which youth engage in the community. This presentation discusses the chasm that exists between senior leaders and current youth culture, thereby creating barriers to learning.
Raimon Nelson, Sr. • The 4th quarter • Room 2 (Across from main room)
How do we captivate young people? Passion, energy, and purpose are at the heart of every lesson, speech, performance that engages youth. This interactive presentation helps community members understand youth culture and the investment required for youth development—specifically in the area of literacy.
Bridget Adams • Made for More • computer room (Downstairs)
This presentation will be an interactive discussion about historical practices and beliefs at work in the traditional education system and families, evidence-based research about variables impacting youth challenges and success (i.e., what is working, challenges which remain), and current trends and strategies in education and youth development (ex. cultural responsiveness, trauma-informed care, instructional strategies for teaching students who are living in poverty and other adverse environments, etc.).
Break-Out Session Two- Student Culture – Select one (12:55pm-1:25pm)
Talaya Simpson • Broken Bread Productions • Main Room
We live in a culture where youth thrive in the performing and visual arts. Parents find that many of their young people are yearning to interact with what they are learning in the classroom, by using technology, music and performance. Why not merge the culture of entertainment with academic content to enhance literacy?
Dejone Fowler • Tease Free Kids • Room 2 (Across from Main Room)
Bullying in today’s culture looks very different and significantly impacts a student’s ability to learn. Hear from 14-year- old, Dejone Fowler, as she provides educators ways to help students navigate through the current culture while also providing them the tools they need for academic success.
Darren Reed • K12 • Computer Room (Downstairs)
This session will explore the impact and importance of culturally responsive teaching and learning for young people. In this interactive session, participants will better understand instructional approaches that spark interest and establish intimate connections with young people to the content needed for school and life survival. It also empowers young people and families to be able to advocate for such teaching and learning in whatever learning environments they find themselves.