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‘High Hopes and Higher Education: Honoring Black Students’ Aspirations’ Documentary Screening: University of Wisconsin–Madison

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Time: 11:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m. Central Time

Bascom Hall, Room 260
University of Wisconsin–Madison
Madison, WI


Join REL Midwest and the University of Wisconsin’s Division of Diversity, Equity & Educational Achievement for a screening of the new documentary High Hopes and Higher Education: Honoring Black Students’ Aspirations. This documentary 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; and staff and students from the Madison Metropolitan School District.

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

After the screening, REL Midwest is facilitating a panel, during which attendees can ask questions about the research and programs.

Partnership: Midwest Achievement Gap Research Alliance