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High Hopes and Higher Education: Honoring Black Students’ Aspirations

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Time: 4:30 p.m.–6:00 p.m. Central Time

Goodman Community Center
149 Waubesa Street
Madison, WI 53704



REL Midwest’s documentary High Hopes and Higher Education: Honoring Black Students’ Aspirations explores evidence-based programs in Wisconsin focused on supporting black students’ higher education aspirations.

In the documentary, researchers Dr. Jameela Conway-Turner (REL Midwest) and Dr. Deborah Faye Carter (Claremont Graduate University) discuss promising practices that educators can use to support Black students on their journey to postsecondary education, including embracing culturally responsive education, communicating high expectations, and developing strong student-teacher relationships. The documentary also highlights the Precollege Enrichment Opportunity Program for Learning Excellence (PEOPLE) at the University of Wisconsin–Madison; professor emeritus Dr. Gloria Ladson-Billings; students and staff from the Minority Student Achievement Network (MSAN); and staff and students from the Madison Metropolitan School District (MMSD).

While the documentary focuses on examples from Wisconsin, the information and evidence shared in the program offer important learnings for people and groups based outside the state.

REL Midwest is hosting a screening of the documentary, followed by a panel discussion with the researchers, students, and staff featured in the program. Attendees have an opportunity to ask questions about the featured research and programs.

Partnership: Midwest Achievement Gap Research Alliance


  • Jameela Conway-Turner, Researcher, REL Midwest
  • Madeline Hafner, Executive Director, MSAN, Wisconsin Center for Education Research, University of Wisconsin–Madison
  • Andrea Jones, Multicultural Student Coordinator, James Madison Memorial High School (Madison, WI)
  • High school students, MMSD

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