Past Conferences

Keynote Speaker
Dr. Gloria Ladson-Billings

Dr. Gloria Ladson-BillingsGloria Ladson-Billings is the Kellner Family Professor of Urban Education in the Department of Curriculum & Instruction and faculty affiliate in the Department of Educational Policy Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a former president of the American Educational Research Association. Ladson-Billings’ research examines the pedagogical practices of teachers who are successful with African American students. She also investigates Critical Race Theory applications to education.

She is the author of the critically acclaimed books, The Dreamkeepers: Successful teachers of African American children and Crossing over to Canaan: The journey of new teachers in diverse classrooms, along with 6 other books she has authored or edited. She has published over 100 journal articles and book chapters. She is the former editor of the American Educational Research Journal and a member of several editorial boards.

Her work has won numerous scholarly awards including the H. I. Romnes faculty fellowship, the Spencer Post-doctoral Fellowship, and the Palmer O. Johnson Outstanding research award. In 2002 she was awarded an honorary doctorate from Umeå University in Umeå, Sweden and in 2003-2004 was a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University. She is the 2004 recipient of the George and Louise Spindler Award for ongoing contributions in educational anthropology, given by the Council on Anthropology & Education of the American Anthropological Association. In the spring of 2005 she was elected to the National Academy of Education. In spring of 2008 she was awarded the Hilldale Award, the highest faculty award given at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In that same year she was awarded the Distinguished Service Award from Teachers College – Columbia University. During the 2008-2009 academic year she was the Louise Baron Hilton Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the College of Human Sciences at Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa. In 2012 she was awarded an honorary degree from the University of Alicante, Alicante, Spain and was awarded the Brock International Education Prize from the University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, and University of Tulsa.

Ladson-Billings is an active member of the Mt. Zion Baptist Church where she is an ordained deacon, chair of the Christian Education Ministry, and a member of the Homeless Meals Ministry. She writes and teaches the churches Adult Vacation Bible School curriculum. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Urban League of Greater Madison and the Vision Council of the United Way of Dane County. She is also a 45-year member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc, a member of the Links, Inc., and a life member of the NAACP.