2018 Keynote Speakers
- Dr. Pedro A. Noguera is the Distinguished Professor of Education at the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies and Faculty Director for the Center for the Transformation of Schools at UCLA. He is a sociologist whose scholarship and research focuses on the ways in which schools are influenced by social and economic conditions as well as by demographic trends in local, regional and global contexts. Dr. Noguera serves on the boards of numerous national and local organizations and appears as a regular commentator on educational issues on CNN, MSNBC, National Public Radio and other national news outlets.
Dr. Noguera has published over 200 research articles and reports and is the author of several books, the most recent of which are Excellence Through Equity (Corwin, 2015) with Alan Blankstein and Race, Equity and Education: The Pursuit of Equality in Education 60 Years After Brown (ASCD, 2015) with Jill Pierce and RoeyAhram.
Dr. Malcolm Butler,
Associate Professor of Science Education, University of South Florida Dr. Malcolm Butler's teaching and research addresses multicultural issues in the classroom. He has worked to support typically underserved student populations and has interest in the areas of writing to learn in science, science content for elementary teachers, and coastal and environmental education professional development for teachers. He has written and contributed to many academic journal articles including "The Invisible Science Educator," presented at the 2007 National Science Foundation conference.
Friday - Cheryl Urow, M.Ed. Cheryl Urow began her career as an educator first in rural Costa Rica and later in the United States as an inner city dual language teacher. Since then, she has had the opportunity to provide professional development across the country for schools, districts, and other organizations supporting the education of English Language Learners. More recently, Cheryl has focused her professional work on areas related to biliteracy development, the strategic use of languages in bilingual, two-way immersion, one-way immersion, and dual language classrooms, authentic strategies for Spanish literacy instruction, and the Bridge between languages. A sequential bilingual who learned Spanish while serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Costa Rica, Cheryl is co-author, along with Karen Beeman, of Teaching for Biliteracy: Strengthening Bridges between Languages (Caslon Publishing, 2013) and co-founder of the Center for Teaching for Biliteracy, an on-line forum for supporting and connecting educators who teach for biliteracy.