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2017 Keynotes

Keynote on Thursday, October 5, 2017

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Calvin Terrell- For the past 18 years, Calvin has lectured, trained, and led comprehensive workshops for valuing diversity, equity, and justice building in schools, corporations, and civic organizations for thousands of adults, children, and youth throughout the United States.

Calvin has received awards and honors from Arizona Affirmative Action, Davis Monthan Air Force Base, various religious institutions, and the year 2000 city of Phoenix Martin Luther King, Jr. “Living the Dream” award for his dedication to human rights.  A compelling story about Calvin’s work with youth is featured in the book “Chicken Soup for the African American Soul” of the Chicken Soup series. Calvin’s reputation for excellence and sustainable impact have afforded him collaborative venues with Chief Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, Janet Napolitano, and even prompted Harpo Inc., Oprah Winfrey’s production company, to seek out and contract him to provide justice seminars for Harpo employees and coaching for management.  Calvin is an educator and healer at his core.  He employs techniques that are engaging, relevant to all populations, multidisciplinary, and integrate modern advances of technology or research partnered with ancient arts of storytelling and visualization.


Keynote on Friday, October 6, 2017

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Gloria Ladson Billings-(PhD Stanford ’84) is the Chair of the Department of Curriculum & Instruction where she holds the Kellner Family Endowed Professorship in Urban Education and is Faculty Affiliate in the Departments of Educational Policy Studies and Afro American Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She was the 2005--2006 president of the American Educational Research Association. 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.

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. She is editor of five other books and author of more than 90 journal articles and book chapters. She is the former editor of the American Educational Research Journal and a member of several editorial boards. Her work has won numerous scholarly awards, including the H. I. Romnes Faculty Fellowship, Spencer Post-doctoral Fellowship, and the Palmer O. Johnson outstanding research award.


We will also be joined by the Minnesota Department of Education and the Regional Centers of Excellence.  Breakout sessions will be offered for all tracks associated with Title Programs; planning criteria, classroom instruction and administrative guidance.


If you have input about subjects offered or if you know of a speaker you would like to recommend please contact Carla Reeck at or 763-504-8149.