Keynote address on November 16th
Dr. Howard Fuller
Dr. Howard Fuller will deliver the keynote address on November 16th. He is nationally recognized for his work to support exemplary education options that transform learning for children, while empowering low-income families to choose the best options for their children. Fuller's most recent book, "No Struggle No Progress" is based on the truth he found in the words of African-American statesman and abolitionist Frederick Douglass: 'Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did, and it never will.' Dr. Fuller is recognized for his work as a civil rights activist, education reform advocate, as well as a respected academic. An Education Week review of the book concludes, "Howard has always worried a helluva lot more about fighting for his principles than about placating his friends."
The importance of advocating for your students and programs will be addressed by dropout recovery warrior and Journalism Professor Matthew LaPlante. LaPlante's introduction to the national stage came from former FOX personality Bill O'Reilly who said, "I just want everyone to know who Matthew LaPlante is...Matthew LaPlante isn't a journalist. I believe this man is an ideologue who's out to hurt you, and he shouldn't be working in any major newspaper." LaPlante will challenge you to support your students' use of technology and media by being fearless in telling their stories. Before teaching journalism, LaPlante served as national security reporter for The Salt Lake Tribune from 2005 to 2011, where he covered military operations in Iraq, Kuwait, Germany and throughout the United States. He understands what being a warrior for dropout recovery means.
A session on reengagement in the struggle for educational equity will be hosted by Tony Simmons, Executive Director of High School For Recording Arts. Simmons will moderat e a session of invited California Legislators representing the State Legislature's Latino Caucus, Black Caucus and Select Committee for Boys and Men of Color. The conversation will focus on how education leaders can impact policy development that supports reengaging youth of color. High School for Recording Arts is dedicated to providing all young people a chance to realize their full potential, despite any previous setbacks through music and the exploration and operation of the music business. More than just earning a high school diploma, HSRA prepares students for a positive post-secondary education and life