Higher Learning Group
For A Diverse World
Our largest conference to date was BSDLC 2019! The students called out the social media universe by asking the probing questions:
What does it mean to be a leader or a follower--online, at school, in my community?
How am I using my social media platform to promote social justice?
How do I decide who to "follow"--online, at school, in my community?
Thank you to Unboxing Change for providing a Volunteer Hub that allowed students to sign up to take action in their communities.
Many thanks to all of our partners including: Zero Hour, Baltimore Algebra Project, Tiny Homes Baltimore, MD Voter Registration, and more.
See you next year!
The theme of our student-led conference in 2017 was Masks Off: A Cultural Revolution! The students will focus on identity development and authenticity in an age of "fake" and "virtual" everything! While we TOTALLY embrace the wearing of masks in the COVID-19 era, we still are calling on students to be unapologetic about who they are.
The goal of BSDLC, a decades old conference, is two-fold: social justice leadership training and community building. As a result of the conference, many students return to their schools with renewed resolve to participate fully in school life in manifold ways: by starting student clubs, hosting special programs, and studying in greater depth the topics presented. Ultimately, we believe the conference builds thoughtful and empathetic leaders, engaged citizens, and lifelong learners.
The Baltimore Student Diversity Leadership Conference will offer its first summer leadership planning retreat on Aug 18, 2017, 9-3pm at Outward Bound Baltimore. All high school student leaders who are interested in planning and presenting at BSDLC 2017 should take advantage of this great opportunity to bond with peers and to learn valuable leadership skills.
In stunning black and white photos, Allen documents the uprising, his city, and the people who live there, revealing a world of love, courage, struggle and hope. Each photo reveals the personality, beauty and spirit of Baltimore, as his camera complicates the stereotype of a “ghetto”. We find smiles where one might least expect them, hope in the battle against a system that sows desperation and fear, and above all, resistance, to the unrelenting pressures of racism in twenty-first-century America.
Devin Allen is one of the first amateur photographers to have his work featured on the cover of Time magazine. His photographs have also appeared in New York Magazine, the Washington Post, the New York Times, CNN, BBC, NBC News, Aperture Magazine, and Yahoo!
Engaging in honest conversation on race through storytelling. Discovering the personal stories within the school community are an untapped treasure, Cambridge School has developed an effective venue for families to share their own life journeys pertaining to racial identity.
CLICK HERE to watch the "America Will Be" presentation.
Parent workshop led by White House Correspondent April Ryan. Hear her read and offer wisdom from her new book, At Mama's Knee: Mothers and Race in Black and White. Film screening for kids grades 3-7.
Inspired by Childish Gambino's hit, this conference took a hard look at America's truths and embraced her just the same. Young people, this is your America!
Created at the Baltimore Student Diversity Leadership Conference (BSDLC) Retreat 2020 with input from our student team, the theme "Black ___ Matter(s)" speaks to the many facets of Black lives often overlooked or misunderstood in our society. The underscored blank space suggests the erasure of Black lives as well as the empathy void in the face of this stark reality.
Virtual BSDLC 2020 defied all odds and demonstrated the resilience of our student movement!
We collaborate with schools, community partners, families, teachers, and student leaders to promote diversity, educational equity, and inclusion. As educators, we affirm students' uniqueness and equip them with in-depth knowledge of self, empathy for others, and critical consciousness of the world so that they may employ their education in the service of humanity no matter the field they may enter.
OUR PHILOSOPHY - TRANSFORMATIVE DIVERSITY WORK!
We engage both minds and hearts by providing culturally responsive academic resources, interpreting salient data/research, and sharing personal stories.
At Higher Learning Group, we value the journey not just the destination. We facilitate honest conversations on race, class, religion, gender, gender sexuality, and other social identifiers with a focus on educational outcomes for diverse students and support for teachers. With courage and respect, we press through challenging topics rather than go around them, changing lives and schools through truth telling.
We build bridges between home, school, and society. We believe that understanding of the "worlds" of our children (home culture, heritage, history, lived experience, important people, influences, and places) drives exceptional teaching and academic excellence.
OUR VISION - GO HIGHER!
Going higher allows us to see each other’s diverse perspectives and reveals a clear view of truths about ourselves and our world, fostering wisdom and love. These virtues are the bedrock of Higher Learning Group. Let's take education higher together!
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