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November 9, 2021 | 8:30 AM – 7:00 PM ET
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Some of the Featured Speakers
Creating Powerful School Cultures
Dr. Pedro Noguera
Best-selling author, education influencer, and dean of Rossier School of Education at University of Southern California. Dr. Pedro A. Noguera is a critically acclaimed scholar, a dynamic speaker and a committed activist. He is the author of several best-selling books. Recently Dr. Noguera was named the Dean of the Rossier School of Education at University of Southern California. His work focuses on a broad range of issues related to education, social justice, and public policy.

Dr. Noguera explores how to support and cultivate school cultures that promote learning and healthy social development among children. This session will describe strategies that have proven effective at supporting teaching and learning and transforming school cultures. We will examine the rituals and practices some schools have adopted to instill a common culture. Understanding what schools can do to engage teachers, students and parents to foster understanding of the values and practices that contribute to better outcomes will be a central feature of our conversation.

Equity-Focused Leadership: Challenging the Status Quo
Principal El
Noted author, speaker and Head of School at Thomas Edison Charter School in Wilmington, DE. As the head of school at Thomas Edison Charter School in Wilmington, DE, a high-poverty K-8 school, Principal EL motivates graduates to excel and go on to attend the best high schools in Delaware. He is the highly praised author of I Choose to Stay and The Immortality of Influence. Dr. Thomas-EL has received the Marcus A. Foster Award as the outstanding School District Administrator in Philadelphia and the University of Pennsylvania’s distinguished Martin Luther King Award.

Principal EL believes that equity-focused leaders take risks, make courageous decisions, and challenge the status quo. Innovative leaders who make diversity, equity and inclusion a priority, develop and create equal educational opportunities for all students, regardless of race or income level. In his thought-provoking presentation, Principal EL will share how we can make improving the education we provide for students of color, low-income students, and English Language learners a top priority. In his keynote address, Dr. EL brings a powerful combination of passion, caring, and leadership to craft a refreshing, common-sense roadmap to help teachers and administrators view their schools through an equity lens and help kids achieve their dreams, no matter the odds.

The Science of Reading: From a Vision to Outcomes
Dr. Gabi Bell
Dr. Gabi Bell is a passionate advocate for early childhood reading for socially, culturally and economically diverse students. She is the Director of Instruction for Literacy, Biliteracy, Humanities, Social Studies, World Languages and the Arts at the Madison Metropolitan School District in Madison, WI. Her research centers on the Science of Reading in multilinguistic instructional settings with adolescent learners. Some of her publications leveraging education and race are Facts and Challenges Facing Bilingual Intercultural Education and Interculturalism: A Case Study of Afro-Costa Ricans (2020) and Education as a vehicle for social transformation: Paulo Freire’s pedagogy (2017).

For decades, researchers have been observing instructional practices, gathering data, and analyzing student outcomes to provide insight on best practices and methods for reaching students at all levels. Yet, student academic achievement is below our collective expectations. What can we learn from science to ensure all of our students perform at grade level? In this session, Dr. Gabi Bell Jimenez discusses the Science of Reading. How can we use the Science of Reading to ensure students thrive, and to inspire us and amplify student outcomes?

Rebound: Recovering Literacy Learning
Dr. Doug Fisher
Teacher, prolific author, and nationally recognized speaker, Dr. Fisher is know for his work in reading and literacy, differentiated instruction, and curriculum design. Dr. Fisher is Professor of Educational Leadership at San Diego State University and a teacher leader at Health Sciences High & Middle College having been an early intervention teacher and elementary school educator. He is the recipient of an International Reading Association William S. Gray Citation of Merit, an Exemplary Leader Award from the Conference on English Leadership of NCTE, as well as a Christa McAuliffe Award for Excellence in Teacher Education.

For nearly two years, we educators have been tested and tested again. We’ve been stretched; we’ve been pulled; we’ve been put through the wringer. But now it’s time to rebound. Dr. Doug Fisher leads this session that will inspire us to bounce back, bring back better, and benefit from the many lessons learned to reignite engagement, accelerate learning, and move forward with fresh optimism and better systems for schooling. Participants will learn about agency for students and adults, explore ways to organize curriculum, instruction, and assessment to accelerate learning recovery, find out about compensatory and adaptive structures to address students’ needs, and ultimately, rethink schools for the next normal.

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