Annual Symposium

BAEO's Annual Symposium is the largest gathering of Black education reform supporters in the nation, drawing as many as 1000 participants. The event has been designed to inform, inspire, and empower Black parents, educators, elected officials, clergy and emerging leaders (aged 16-35) about high-quality educational options for low-income and working-class Black families.

The Symposium program includes interactive concurrent and general sessions, school visits and advanced film screenings. The following innovative and exciting program strands are available to participants:


  • Mobilization and Advocacy empowers parents to play an effective role in shaping public policy through grassroots mobilization and advocacy efforts

  • Title II: Global Competitiveness through College Readiness and Success teaches innovative and dynamic strategies to close the achievement gap.

  • High-Quality Black-Led Charter Schools shares best practices on how to sustain and replicate successful Black-led charter schools

  • Bailey-Sullivan Leadership Institute trains and develops Black leaders to spread the message about education quality and choice and continue the fight for change

  • Policy (for elected officials only and hosted in partnership with Harvard's Program on Education Policy and Governance) unites Black elected officials from around the country who support parental choice programs or want to learn how to create programs in their cities or states

View photo highlights of Symposium 2015 below:





Use the links below to see what you may have missed in past years.

BAEO Symposium 2015
Symposium 2015
Memphis, TN
Program Book
Photos



BAEO Symposium 2014
Symposium 2014
New Orleans, LA
Program Book
Photos
Documentation Report



BAEO Symposium 2013
Symposium 2013
Orlando, FL
Program Book
Documentation Report
Photos
Video Invitation

Videos from BAEO Symposium 2013
College Readiness and Success Boot Camp
Performance by the High School of Performing Arts (Milwaukee, WI)
Opening Dinner with Keynote Address by Bishop Cheryl Brown
First Annual Elected Official Awards and Board Chair Awards
School Visit to an Apple Distinguished Middle School
Symposium Luncheon: Pastor Marvin Sapp Delivers Keynote Address
Closing General Session: Funders Panel
Board Chair's Closing Remarks



BAEO Symposium 2012
Symposium 2012
Washington, DC
Program Book
Photos


BAEO Symposium 2011
Symposium 2011
Jersey City, NJ
Symposium Report
Program Book
Photos


BAEO Symposium 2010
Symposium 2010
Milwaukee, WI
Symposium Report
Program Book
Photos


BAEO Symposium 2008
Symposium 2008
New Orleans, LA
Symposium Report
Program Book
Photos


BAEO Symposium 2007
Symposium 2007
Philadelphia, PA
Symposium Report
Program Book
Photos


BAEO Symposium 2006
Symposium 2006
Philadelphia, PA
Symposium Report
Program Book
Photos


BAEO Symposium 2005
Symposium 2005
Detroit, MI

Symposium Report
Program Book
Photos


BAEO Symposium 2004
Symposium 2004
Milwaukee, WI


BAEO Symposium 2003
Symposium 2003
Dallas, TX


BAEO Symposium 2002
Symposium 2002
Philadelphia, PA


BAEO Symposium 2001
Symposium 2001
Milwaukee, WI