Teen Experience
August 6, 2021

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General Conference
August 10-12, 2021

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Teen Experience: August 6, 2021

8:00-9:00 AM EST | Pre-Conference Events

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9:00 AM EST | Opening Session

9:20 AM EST | Jason Reynolds

About Jason Reynolds:
Jason Reynolds is a New York Times bestselling author who writes novels and poetry for young adult and middle-grade audiences. His most recent book, Look Both Ways: A Tale Told in Ten Blocks, was a National Book Award finalist and was named one of the best books of 2019 by NPR, The New York Times, School Library Journal, and more.

10:35 AM EST | Jack Hill

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11:05 AM EST | Anti-Racism Teach-In

12:30 PM EST | Tiffany Jewell

Tiffany Jewell

About Tiffany Jewell:
Tiffany Jewell is a Black biracial writer, twin sister, first generation American, cisgender mama, anti-bias antiracist (ABAR) educator, and consultant. She is the author of the #1 New York Times and #1 Indie Bestseller, This Book Is Anti-Racist, a book for young folks and everyone to wake up, take action, and do the work of becoming antiracist. Tiffany is currently working on multiple book projects for readers of all ages.

1:45 PM EST | Joel Christian Gill

Joel Christian Gill

About Joel Christian Gill:
Joel Christian Gill is a cartoonist and historian who speaks nationally on the importance of sharing stories. He is the author of the acclaimed memoir Fights: One Boy’s Triumph Over Violence, cited as one of the best graphic novels of 2020 by The New York Times and for which he was awarded the 2021 Cartoonist Studio Prize. Gill has dedicated his life to creating stories to build connections with readers through empathy, compassion and, ultimately, humanity.

5:15 PM EST | Closing Circle with Jack Hill

Day 1: August 10, 2021

8:30-9:30 AM EST | Pre-Conference Events

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9:30 AM EST | Opening Session

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10:15 AM EST | Jim Freeman

Jim Freeman

About Jim Freeman:
Jim Freeman directs the Social Movement Support Lab, which provides multidisciplinary assistance to communities that are fighting systemic racism and creating positive social change. As a racial justice movement lawyer, he has supported dozens of grassroots-led efforts to end mass criminalization and incarceration, achieve education equity, dismantle the school-to-prison pipeline, align community budgets with community priorities, protect immigrants’ rights, and create a more inclusive and participatory democracy.

11:25 AM EST | Dr. Peniel Joseph

1:00 PM EST | Alicia Garza with Roxane Gay

Roxane Gay

About Alicia Garza:
Alicia Garza believes that Black communities deserve what all communities deserve — to be powerful in every aspect of their lives. An author, political strategist, organizer, and cheeseburger enthusiast, Alicia founded the Black Futures Lab to make Black communities powerful in politics. She is the author of The Purpose of Power: How We Come Together When We Fall Apart, and the co-creator of #BlackLivesMatter and the Black Lives Matter Global Network.

About Roxane Gay:
Roxane Gay is an author and cultural critic whose writing is unmatched and widely revered. Roxane co-hosts Hear to Slay with Tressie McMillan Cottom – a podcast with an intersectional perspective on celebrity, culture, politics, art, life, love, and more. She also pens the “work friend” advice column for the New York Times, and in 2021 she began her own publishing imprint with Grove Atlantic, “Roxane Gay Books.”

2:10 PM EST | Joe Feldman

3:20 PM EST | Paul Ortiz

Paul Ortiz

About Paul Ortiz:
Paul Ortiz is director of the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program and professor of history at the University of Florida. He is the author of the books, An African American and Latinx History of the United States and Emancipation Betrayed. His newest book is People Power: History, Organizing, and Larry Goodwyn’s Democratic Vision in the 21st Century. He is a member of the Alachua County Labor Coalition

4:15 PM EST | Dr. Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz with Paul Ortiz

About Dr. Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz:
Dr. Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz is a historian, writer, and professor emeritus at California State University. She is author and editor of fifteen books, including Roots of Resistance: A History of Land Tenure in New and her American Book Award winning 2014 book, An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States, and Loaded: A Disarming History of the Second Amendment, and Not “A Nation of Immigrants”: Settler Colonialism, White Supremacy, and A History of Exclusion and Erasure.

5:15 PM EST | Closing Circle with Jack Hill

Day 2: August 11, 2021

8:30-9:30 AM EST | Pre-Conference Events

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9:30 AM EST | Jack Hill

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10:00 AM EST | Layla F. Saad with Jack Hill

Layla Saad

About Layla Saad:
Layla F. Saad is a New York Times and Sunday Times bestselling author, anti-racism educator, international speaker, and podcast host on the topics of race, identity, leadership, personal transformation and social change. She is the author of the ground-breaking Me and White Supremacy, an anti-racism education workbook that was initially offered for free in an Instagram challenge and in a self-published digital workbook in 2018 (downloaded by 100,000 people in the space of six months).

11:15 AM EST | Jennifer Harvey

Jennifer Harvey

About Jennifer Harvey:
Jennifer Harvey is a writer and educator long engaged in racial justice and white antiracism. Her books include the NYT bestseller Raising White Kids: Bringing Up Children in Racially Unjust America and Dear White Christians: For Those Still Longing for Racial Reconciliation. She has written for the New York Times and CNN, appeared on CNN’s Town Hall on Racism with Sesame Street, and been heard on NPR’s All Things Considered and “It’s Been a Minute with Sam Sanders.” Dr. Harvey serves as Associate Provost for Campus Equity and Inclusion at Drake University.

12:55 PM EST | Dr. Howard Stevenson with Deborah Donahue-Keegan

Dr. Howard Stevenson

About Dr. Howard Stevenson:
Dr. Howard Stevenson is the Constance Clayton Professor of Urban Education, Professor of Africana Studies, in the Human Development & Quantitative Methods Division of the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania. He is the Executive Director of the Racial Empowerment Collaborative, designed to promote racial literacy in education, health, and community institutions. Dr. Stevenson’s research focuses on helping children and adults assert themselves during face-to-face microaggressions.

2:00 PM EST | Cathy Park Hong

3:05 PM EST | Dr. Rebecca Hall with Koritha Mitchell

Dr. Rebecca Hall

About Dr. Rebecca Hall:
Rebecca Hall, J.D. PhD is a scholar, activist and educator. Dr. Hall writes and publishes on the history of race, gender, law and resistance as well as on climate justice and intersectional feminist theory. She is currently writing the graphic novel Wake: The Hidden History of Women-Led Slave Revolts, focusing on 18th Century revolts during the Middle Passage and colonial New York.

About Koritha Mitchell:
Koritha Mitchell is an award-winning author, cultural critic, and professional development expert. Her first book, Living with Lynching, won awards from the American Theatre and Drama Society and from the Society for the Study of American Women Writers. Her second monograph, From Slave Cabins to the White House: Homemade Citizenship in African American Culture, appeared in August 2020 and was named a Best Book of 2020 by Ms. Magazine.

4:15 PM EST | Richard Rothstein

5:00 PM EST | Closing Circle with Jack Hill

Day 3: August 12, 2021

8:30-9:30 AM EST | Pre-Conference Events

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9:30 AM EST | Anti-Racism Teach-In

10:05 AM EST | Nikole Hannah-Jones with Philip McAdoo

Nikole Hannah-Jones

About Nikole Hannah-Jones:
Nikole Hannah-Jones is a MacArthur Genius for “reshaping national conversations around education reform.” This is but one honor in a growing list: She is the creator of the New York Times Magazine’s “The 1619 Project,” about the history and lasting legacy of American slavery, for which her powerful introductory essay was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for commentary. She’s also won a Peabody, two George Polk awards, and the National Magazine Award three times.

11:15 AM EST | Anneliese Singh

12:55 PM EST | Felicia Rose Chavez

About Felicia Rose Chavez:
Felicia Rose Chavez is an award-winning educator with an MFA in Creative Nonfiction from the University of Iowa. She is author of The Anti-Racist Writing Workshop: How to Decolonize the Creative Classroom and co-editor of The BreakBeat Poets Volume 4: LatiNEXT with Willie Perdomo and Jose Olivarez. Originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico, she currently serves as the Bronfman Creativity and Innovation Scholar-in-Residence at Colorado College.

1:45 PM EST | Dr. Wayne Au

Wayne AuAbout Dr. Wayne Au:
A former public high school teacher, Dr. Wayne Au is a Professor in the School of Educational Studies at the University of Washington Bothell, and he is a long-time editor for the social justice teaching magazine, Rethinking Schools. An internationally recognized and award-winning scholar, he is author of over 100 publications, and his work focuses on both academic and public scholarship about high-stakes testing, corporate education reform, teaching for social justice, and anti-racist education.

2:55 PM EST | Daisy Han with Dr. Nicole Evans and Rashi Jawade

About Embracing Equity:

Embracing Equity is an organization that aims to transform the education ecosystem. Embracing Equity’s startup journey has demonstrated new possibilities for how to make high quality equity-centered learning opportunities available to more people through a cutting edge online model. They harness immersive virtual learning to move anti-racism values into daily practice. Led by Daisy Han, Embracing Equity is recognized as a leading anti-racism organization for education professionals, having engaged over 2K+ participants impacting over 200,000 students nationally…and it’s working. Graduates report that Embracing Equity was an inflection point in their lives – they recognize racism when they encounter it and feel much better equipped to do something about it. 

4:00 PM EST | Jaleesa Anselm

About Jaleesa Anselm:
Jaleesa Anselm is a progressive educator and diversity practitioner who currently serves as the Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusiveness at Tenacre Country Day School in Wellesley, MA. Prior to working at Tenacre, Jaleesa was a teacher, trustee, and Diversity Coordinator at The Atrium School in Watertown, MA. In her role at Tenacre, Jaleesa works collaboratively with teachers, parents, and students to promote, support, and work towards true equity and justice.

5:00 PM EST | Closing Circle with Jack Hill and Maria Graciela Alcid