Conference Presenters


PLENARY SPEAKERS

Dr. Pedro Noguera - Sociologist, Author, Expert on Impact of Society & Culture on Schools

Excellence through Equity: Making Powerful Teaching & Learning Available to All Students
While the movement for standards and accountability has largely succeeded in bringing greater attention to disparities in student achievement, surprisingly little attention has been given to what it takes to create conditions in schools that will make achievement for all students more likely. Missing from much of the policy debate related to achievement is how to place equity at the center of education reform, and how to support and cultivate effective teaching in schools. This presentation will describe principles and practices that have proven effective in meeting the needs of a wide variety of learners, and how they can avoid the zero-sum scenario which leads some to believe that we have to choose between the pursuit of excellence and equity. This presentation will show why the path to excellence is through equity and what we can do to make it happen. It will also explore how schools can develop effective partnerships with parents and community groups to further efforts to raise achievement.

Baruti Kafele - Internationally-Renowned Speaker and Best-Selling Author

David Rendall - International Speaker, Author, Neurodiversity Thought Leader


KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

Dr. Steve Sandoval - Executive Director of Special Services for Westminster, CO Public Schools

Brad Chapin - Psychologist, Presenter & Author

Brian Mendler - International Speaker, Author, Expert on Working with Disruptive Students

Kaye Randall - Nationally-Known Author and Speaker