Keynote Sessions




Think of this as our assembly. We’ll come together as a middle school community to get inspired, excited, and motivated to virtually build the classroom of the future.


Saturday, October 24 – Dwayne Reed

The Educator Your Scholars Need

The first step in being the educator your scholars need is to build relationships with them! Teaching phenom, and relationship-building expert, Mr. Reed, will inspire your teachers in the art of Maslow before Bloom, which means getting kids to know you care before they care about what you know. Each participant will take-away dozens of practical, relationship-building skills and strategies which can immediately be implemented in their classroom. Teacher-leaders will also benefit from the lessons learned in this session!

 


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Sunday, October 25 – Yolanda Sealey-Ruiz

The Archeology of the Self

Yolanda Sealey-Ruiz is an award-winning associate professor at Teachers College, Columbia University. Her research focuses on racial literacy in teacher education, Black girl literacies, and Black and Latinx male high school students. A sought-after speaker on issues of race, culturally responsive pedagogy, and diversity, Sealey-Ruiz works with K-12 and higher education school communities to increase their racial literacy knowledge and move toward more equitable school experiences for their Black and Latinx students. Sealey-Ruiz appeared in Spike Lee's "2 Fists Up: We Gon' Be Alright", a documentary about the Black Lives Matter movement and the campus protests at Mizzou. Yolanda recently published Love from the Vortex & Other Poems, an account of her archeological dig on love and intimacy.


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Sunday, October 25 – AMLE20 Key insights panel featuring Dru Tomlin, Marcia Tate, and Lori Desautels

A Vision for the Successful Middle School: A Panel Discussion
Marcia Tate, Dru Tomlin, and Lori Desautels share their top insights from #AMLE20 and their perspectives on the essential attributes and characteristics of the middle school of the future.


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