2018 Conference

2018 Conference Information

Insisting on Equity...

Registration is now open for our annual, Insisting on Equity, conference which will be held on Saturday, October 13th, at Washington Technology Magnet School in St. Paul. In addition to great workshops from local presenters, we are thrilled to have Dr. Jeff Duncan-Andrade deliver the keynote address titled, "Note to Educators: Hope Required When Growing Roses in Concrete." His keynote will focus on developing leaders who are better equipped to create educational environments that understand and respond to the social toxins which emerge from racism and poverty. He'll also discuss the impact of these conditions on student identities. Inside of this framing, Duncan-Andrade draws from his 20 years as an urban educator to explore the concept of hope, as essential for nurturing our youth.

In addition to a powerful keynote address by Dr. Jeff Duncan-Andrade, and inspirational workshops by local presenters, we invite you to be inspired by our afternoon presenters:

  • Representatives from Justice Page Middle School: Learn about the student led, staff supported, renaming campaign of Ramsey Middle school in Minneapolis to Justice Page Middle school.
  • Dr. Ayaz Virji, a noted speaker on the rise of Islamophobia since the 2016 election, who is passionate about spreading the message of "If not me, then who?"

Click here to view a video about Dr. Virji's journey.

Schools and other groups can register for a block of tickets and then provide names of participants closer to the conference date. Registration fees range from $35-$50, which is lower than many conferences, so that teams of people from your organization can come together, learn, share, and leave with a plan. Breakfast & lunch are included in the fee as well.

Saturday, October 13, 2018 - 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Washington Technology Magnet

1495 Rice Street

Saint Paul, MN 55117

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More about our keynote speaker:

Jeff Duncan-Andrade, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Raza Studies and Education at San Francisco State University. He is also the founder of the Roses in Concrete Community School, a community responsive lab school in East Oakland (www.rosesinconcrete.org), the Teaching Excellence Network (www.10teaching.org) and the Community Responsive Education Group (www.communityresponsive.org). As a classroom teacher and school leader in East Oakland for the past 24 years, his pedagogy has been widely studied and acclaimed for producing uncommon levels of social and academic success for students. Duncan-Andrade lectures around the world and has authored two books and numerous journal articles and book chapters on effective practices in schools. In 2015, Duncan-Andrade was tapped to be a Commissioner on the National Commission on Teaching & America’s Future (NCTAF) and in 2016 was part of the great educators invited to the White House on National Teacher Appreciation Day by President Obama. Duncan-Andrade has also been ranked as one of the nation’s most influential scholars by EdWeek’s Public Influence Rankings for the past three years.

Duncan-Andrade’s transformational work on the elements of effective teaching in schools serving poor and working class children is recognized throughout the U.S. and as far abroad as New Zealand. His research interests and publications span the areas of urban schooling and curriculum change, urban teacher development and retention, critical pedagogy, and cultural and ethnic studies. He works closely with teachers, school site leaders, union leaders and school district officials to help them develop classroom practices and school cultures that foster self-confidence, esteem, and academic success among all students. Duncan-Andrade holds a Ph.D. in Social and Cultural Studies in Education and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Literature, both from the University of California – Berkeley.