2020 Featured Speakers

Featured Speakers

Dr. Gloria Ladson-Billings

Opening Session Keynote

“Are We Still Solving for X? The Pedagogical Practices Limiting Student Success in Mathematics”

Thursday, October 1st


Dr. Gloria Ladson-Billings is the author of the critically acclaimed books, The Dreamkeepers: Successful Teachers of African American Children, Crossing over to Canaan: The Journey of New Teachers in Diverse Classrooms, and Beyond the Big House: African American Educators on Teacher Education.  Dr. Ladson-Billings’ research examines the pedagogical practices of teachers who are successful with African American students.  She also investigates critical race theory applications to education.

Dr. Christine Darden

Closing Session Keynote

Saturday, October 3rd


Dr. Christine Darden’s passion for understanding what is happening in the world around her ultimately led her to becoming a “human computer” for NASA as featured in NY Times Best Seller, “Hidden Figures” by Margot Lee Shetterly.  For forty years, she worked at NASA as the “human computer”, an aerospace engineer, and senior leadership and during her time, she logged 25 years as a researcher in sonic boom minimization.