2023 Urban Education Symposium
Changing The World, Through Culturally Responsive Leadership
Keynote address presented by Dr. Muhammad Khalifa, Professor of Educational Administration, Executive Director of Urban and Rural Initiatives, Ohio State University
Thursday, April 27, 5:30-7:30pm
First Philadelphia Preparatory Charter School
4300 Tacony St., Philadelphia, PA 19124
Join American Paradigm Schools and Cabrini University for the annual Shirley Dixon Celebration of Urban Education Symposium on Thursday, April 27, from 5:30-7:30pm. The event will be hybrid and take place in-person in First Philadelphia’s auditorium and virtually (livestream link to be provided at a later date). This year’s symposium theme will be “Changing The World, Through Culturally Responsive Leadership,” and will feature a keynote presentation by Dr. Muhammad Khalifa, Professor of Educational Administration and Executive Director of Urban and Rural Initiatives at Ohio State University. Stay tuned for more details!
Dr. Muhammad Khalifa
Dr. Khalifa’s research examines how urban school leaders enact culturally responsive leadership and anti-oppressive schooling practices. His work speaks to the importance of understanding and partnering closely with families, valuing all that they bring to the table. Dr. Khalifa has advocated for community-centered solutions. He wrote in one article, “By establishing a constant and positive community presence, educators are more likely to win approval and support for their work at school.”
He was previously a teacher and administrator in Detroit Public Schools, and has also contributed to community-informed education projects in Africa, Latin America, and Asia. Dr. Khalifa has written extensively on minoritized student identities in school, how schools can become liberatory spaces for youth, and how schools can begin to recognize and value community and ancestral knowledges in and around schools. He is the author of the top-selling book, Culturally Responsive School Leadership (Harvard Education Press, 2018).