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April 5, 2023
8:30 am - 4:00 pm

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


Lorena Escoto Germán

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Lorena is a two time nationally awarded Dominican American educator focused on anti racist and anti bias education. She’s been featured in the New York Times, NPR, PBS, Rethinking Schools, EdWeek, Learning for Justice Magazine, and more. She published The Anti Racist Teacher: Reading Instruction Workbook, and Textured Teaching: A Framework for Culturally Sustaining Practices about curriculum & lesson development focused on social justice. She’s a co-founder of #DisruptTexts and Multicultural Classroom. Lorena is also the Chair of NCTE’s Committee Against Racism and Bias in the Teaching of English. She lives in Tampa, Florida where she is a mami and wife- two of her most important roles.

Dr. Tom Guskey

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Thomas R. Guskey, Ph.D., is Professor Emeritus in the College of Education, University of Kentucky. A graduate of the University of Chicago, he began his career in education as a middle school teacher, served as a school administrator in Chicago Public Schools, and was the first Director of the Center for the Improvement of Teaching and Learning, a national educational research center. Dr. Guskey is a consultant to the Office of Overseas Schools in U.S. State Department, and to the Compassionate Coaches Program of the Army of Survivors, a national organization advocating for and supporting child athlete survivors of sexual violence. He is a Fellow in the American Educational Research Association and was awarded the Association’s prestigious Relating Research to Practice Award. He is author/editor of 25 award-winning books and more than 300 book chapters and articles. His most recent books include Implementing Mastery Learning (2023), Get Set, Go! Creating Successful Grading and Reporting Systems (2020), What We Know About Grading (with Brookhart, 2019), On Your Mark: Challenging the Conventions of Grading and Reporting (2015), Reaching the Highest Standard in Professional Learning: Data (with Roy & Von Frank, 2014), and Benjamin S. Bloom: Portraits of an Educator (2012). He may be contacted by email at, Twitter at @tguskey, or at


Dr. Tom Guskey

Understanding and Addressing Perspectives of Parents/Stakeholders

LeeAnn Browett & Anastasia Kimball

Creating Resilience, Hope & Joy in Equity-Centered Learning 

Kerry Jones & Ashley Callan

Leading Shifts Toward Equity-Centered Elementary Curriculum: Strategic Actions in Professional Learning and Communication 

Amanda Navarra, Paris Wilson, & Arianna Owens

Making the Grade: The Impacts of Transactional Grading on Learners, and What We Can Do Instead 

Lorena Escoto Germán

Worthy of Life: Teaching for Anti Racism

Lisa Seales & Rosaria Giannetti 

Culturally Inclusive Schools for Multilingual Learners: A Guide for Positive Outcomes

Kerith Miller & Dr. Cheryl R. Kerison 

Guess Who's Coming to Dinner? Who are We Inviting? 

Susie Bell, Ed.D.

What About Grades? Exploring the Strategies that Empower All Learners to Thrive

Dr. Jennifer L. Norman, Maria Ragali, & Timothy Viens

Caring Schools for Positive Growth and Impact 

Diane Dugas, Sarah Mallory, & David Brown

Grading Reform for Student Equity, Engagement & Accountability 

Dr. Lisa Loomis-Davern

Shifting from PBIS to Affirming Practices 

Sally Dastoli, Pam Jones, & Doris Duggins

Starting & Supporting a BIPOC Affinity Group for Staff 

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