October 19, 2022
8:30 am - 4:00 pm

at Connecticut Convention Center
100 Columbus Blvd, Hartford, CT 06103

Individual Registration: $350 per person  •  Groups of 3 or more: $275 per person


H. Richard Milner IV

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H. Richard Milner IV (also known as Rich) is Cornelius Vanderbilt Chair of Education and Professor of Education in the Department of Teaching and Learning at Peabody College of Vanderbilt University. In April 2022, Professor Milner received the prestigious Joseph A. Johnson, Jr. Distinguished Leadership Professor Award, one of Vanderbilt University’s highest honors. His research, teaching and policy interests concern urban education, teacher education, African American literature, and the social context of education. Professor Milner’s research examines practices and policies that support teacher effectiveness in urban schools.


Professor Milner is President of the American Educational Research Association, the largest educational research organization in the world. He is an elected member of the National Academy of Education and a Fellow of the American Educational Research Association. Professor Milner’s work has appeared in numerous journals, and he has published seven books. His most recent include: Start where you are but don’t stay there: Understanding diversity, opportunity gaps, and teaching in today’s classrooms (Harvard Education Press, 2010 and 2020, Second Edition), Rac(e)ing to class: Confronting poverty and race in schools and classrooms (Harvard Education Press, 2015) and These kids are out of control: Why we must reimagine classroom management for equity (Corwin Press, 2018). He can be reached at rich.milner@vanderbilt.edu.

Principal Baruti Kafele

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A highly-regarded urban educator in New Jersey for over twenty years, Principal Baruti Kafele distinguished himself as a master teacher and a transformational school leader. As an elementary school teacher in East Orange, NJ, he was selected as the East Orange School District and Essex County Public Schools Teacher of the Year, he was a New Jersey State Teacher of the Year finalist, and a recipient of the New Jersey Education Association Award of Excellence.

As a middle and high school principal, Principal Kafele led the turnaround of four different New Jersey urban schools, including "The Mighty" Newark Tech, which went from a low-performing school in need of improvement to national recognition, which included U.S. News and World Report Magazine recognizing it three times as one of America's best high schools.

One of the most sought-after school leadership and classroom equity presenters in America, Principal Kafele is impacting America’s schools! He has delivered over two thousand conference and program keynotes, professional development workshops, parenting seminars and student assemblies over his 36 years of public speaking. An expert in the area of “attitude transformation,” Principal Kafele is the leading authority for providing effective classroom and school leadership strategies toward closing what he coined, the "Attitude Gap.”


Principal Baruti Kafele 

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Classroom: A Conversation about Meeting the Academic, Social, and Emotional Needs of EACH of the Learners 

Dr. Carrie Chiappetta
& Dr. Josh Smith

Ensuring Welcoming & Inclusive Schools: Working with Students, Staff, Community

Gretchen Osodipe

If You Want to Go Far…Re-Imagine Family Engagement

Tasia Kimball & 
LeeAnn Browett

Using an Intersectional Lens to Create Interdisciplinary Units of Study

Dr. Rich Milner

Opportunity-Centered Teaching 

Kerith Miller

Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner? Reflection on the Impact of Biases and Stereotypes

Dina Secchiaroli

Igniting Change While Lowering Defenses: A Balanced Approach to Engaging in Equity Work

Farmington High School Social Justice Council and Advisors

Social Justice and Safe Spaces

Dr. Deirdra Preis

"Do I Belong Here?" Creating Rigorous Academic Spaces that are Truly Invitational to and Supportive of the Success of Diverse Student Populations

David Pearson 
& Michael Nash

Grading With Bias…How Fair Is That?

Rochelle Cobb &
Jessica White

Leading Culturally Responsive Teaching through Stations

Marlene Megos, 
Ushawnda Mitchell &
Violet Jimenez Sims

Lessons from the Field - A Comprehensive Approach to Recruiting and Retaining Teachers of Color

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