DFW Private Education is proud to announce the return of the Families of Color Conference this fall. Once again, families of all colors are encouraged to dine with private school representatives from all over the Metroplex. We would like to have an open and raw discussion around race and diversity in private education. With each ticket purchased, you will be making a contribution to the newly launched Chloé & Carl Foundation. The Chloé & Carl Foundation is a private non-profit (501c pending) organization with a mission to raise tuition funds for underserved minority students in Dallas - Ft. Worth. Each ticket will include your entry, meal, and access to free childcare provided by Black-Tie Babysitting Agency. Students are welcome to attend with their parents at no additional cost but must bring a student ID. If you'd like to be a vendor at this year's event, please see "Participant Registration."
Early bird pricing ends August 29, 2019.
Meet the Moderator
Dr. Joy Bell, Principal-Head of School Elect
Grace Academy of Dallas, Dallas, TX
Dr. Bell received both her Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Degree in Elementary Education and a Master's Degree (M.Ed) in Curriculum and Instruction with an expertise area in Special Education from Louisiana State University. She then went on to pursue her Doctorate Degree (Ed.D.) in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Special Education from the University of Louisiana at Monroe. Her chief passion involves offering educational leaders the tools needed to transform the educational experiences of children. When passion meets excellence, our children are impacted in ways that will ultimately alter their life's trajectory. Dr. Bell currently serves as Principal-Head of School Elect at Grace Academy of Dallas. In addition to her administrative role, Dr. Bell also performs educational consulting, serves as an ACSI Accreditation Commissioner, and is a sought-after educational speaker. When not serving the educational community, Dr. Bell enjoys being home with her husband of sixteen years, Kidren, and two children, Ian and Nia Grace.
Meet the Speakers
Dr. Iram Shaikh - Jilani, Head of School
Brighter Horizons Academy, Garland, TX
Dr. Iram is a Texas certified Superintendent for Brighter Horizons Academy & BHA Houston. BHA currently is the largest Islamic School in the south. She has received her Doctorate in Education, Curriculum and Instruction, from Northeastern University, Boston. Dr. Iram has over 17 years in Education and her most significant achievements include developing curriculum aligned to American Common Core standards, leading accreditation processes with Advanced Ed, International Baccalaureate (IB continuum), and establishing AP and IB-DP programs. She has worked with Islamic Schools, American Public Schools, International Private Schools in Abu Dhabi, and a consultant to several schools in Maryland, Virginia, UAE, Qatar and Texas. Dr. Iram has led schools through verification and authorization for 3 out 4 IB programs- PYP (Primary Years Program), MYP (Middle Years Program, and DP (Diploma Program). She is certified in 3 of the four IB programs.
Dr. Iram was raised and schooled in America and her educational philosophy is to bridge understandings between home, school, and the Muslim American Identity. The Muslim youth deserve quality academics without compromising their Muslim Identities. It should never be a choice between the two.
Dr. Kenneth Chapman, Frisco, TX
Kenneth M. Chapman Jr., currently serves as Executive Dean of Liberal Arts division at North Lake College in the Dallas County Community College System. Previously, serving as Director of Diversity and Inclusion at the University of Oklahoma. In this role, Chapman oversaw minority recruitment and retention initiatives, diversity and multicultural affairs, and minority faculty and staff training and development. Chapman also directed Price College of Business outreach which engaged and developed more partnerships between the university and the community. Additionally, Chapman was a professor in the International Business and Management division in the Price College of Business. Prior to OU, Chapman served as Assistant Dean of Student Development and Diversity at Oklahoma Baptist University. In this role, he was tasked with enhancing the campus culture and instituting a diversity plan that ensured students, faculty, and staff understood what it means to embrace a diverse world.
Chapman earned a bachelor’s degree in public relations: mass communication from the University of Central Oklahoma (2007), a master’s of education from the University of Oklahoma (2012), and a doctorate of philosophy (Ph.D.) from the University of Oklahoma (2018). Chapman’s research interests are in school equity, diversity, and inclusiveness. Chapman has conducted research studies on Black Male student success, Christianity and race, and he focuses on helping organizations embrace, employ, and engage in diversity practices. Chapman is the former president of the Oklahoma Academic Advising Association and serves as a member of the Alliance of Emerging Professionals, American College Personnel Association, National Association of Student Personnel Administrators, and is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. among other memberships and activities. Chapman is also in ministry, previously serving as Co-Pastor at House of Prayer Baptist Church in Del City, Oklahoma. Chapman is married to Kimberley Kierra Chapman and resides in Frisco, Texas with their sons
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