Keynote Speaker: Dr. Asa Hilliard

Dr. Asa G. Hilliard, III is the Fuller E. Callaway Professor of Urban Education at Georgia State University, with joint appointments in the Department of Educational Policy Studies and the Department of Educational Psychology/Special Education. A teacher, psychologist, and historian, he began his career in the Denver Public Schools, teaching psychology, mathematics and American History. He earned a BA in Psychology, MA in Counseling, and  EdD in Educational Psychology from the University of Denver, where he also taught in the College of Education, and in the College of Arts and  Sciences in the Honors Program in philosophy. Dr. Hilliard served on the faculty at San Francisco State University for 18 years. During that time he was  Department Chair for 2 years, and Dean of Education for 8 years.

Dr. Hilliard has written more than two hundred research reports, articles and books on testing, ancient African History, teaching strategies, African culture, and child growth and development. Dr. Hilliard has consulted with many of the leading school districts, publishers, public advocacy organizations, universities, government agencies and private corporations on valid assesment, African content in curriculum, teacher training, and public  policy. Several of his programs in curriculum, assessment, and valid teaching have become national models.

His most recent books are, The Maroon Within Us: Selected Essays on African American Community Socialization (Baltimore: Black Classics Press) and SBA: The Reawakening of the African Mind (Gainesville, Florida: Makare Publishing).