Principal Kafele – Keynote Speaker
AHESLI 2018 KEYNOTE SPEAKER WORKSHOP PRESENTER- EDUCATOR STRAND Principal Kafele will serve as the keynote speaker for all strands. A highly-regarded urban public school educator in New Jersey for over twenty years, Principal Kafele distinguished himself in the classroom and as a 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. As a principal, he led the transformation of four different schools, including “the mighty” Newark Tech, which went from a low-performing school in need of improvement to recognition by U.S. News and World Report Magazine as one of America's best high schools. Currently, Principal Kafele is one of the most sought-after speakers for transforming the attitudes of at-risk student populations in America. He is the author of seven books on this topic which include his three best-sellers, Closing the Attitude Gap, Motivating Black Males to Achieve in School and in Life and his latest title, The Principal 50: Critical Leadership Questions for Inspiring Schoolwide Excellence. He is also the recipient of over one hundred educational, professional and community awards which include the National Alliance of Black School Educators Hall of Fame Award, the Milken National Educator Award, the New Jersey Education Association Award for Excellence and the City of Dickinson, Texas proclaiming February 8, 1998, as Baruti Kafele Day.
Dr. Jamila Lyiscott – Keynote Speaker
WORKSHOP PRESENTER - COLLEGE STUDENT STRAND WORKSHOP PRESENTER - EDUCATOR STRAND LUNCHEON KEYNOTE SPEAKER Dr. Jamila Lyiscott is currently a visiting assistant professor of Social Justice Education at the University of Massachusetts Amherst where she also serves as an affiliated faculty member of the W.E.B. Du Bois Afro American Studies department. Her scholarship and activism work together to prepare educators to sustain diversity in the classroom, empower youth, and explore, assert, and defend the value of Black life. She is currently preparing a book manuscript about her work within Predominantly White Institutions across the nation, helping educators to confront white privilege within and beyond the classroom. Our 2018 AHESLI was featured on Ted.com where her video, “3 Ways to Speak English,” was viewed over 3 million times. She has been featured in Spike Lee’s “2 Fists Up,” on NPR, Huffington Post, Lexus Verses and Flow, Upworthy, The Root, and many other media outlets. Dr. Lyiscott will be our luncheon keynote speaker and workshop facilitator for the college leaders. (Copied from her website)
Ms. Erica Buddington
WORKSHOP PRESENTER- HIGH SCH. LEADER/EDUCATOR STRANDS Complex Magazine called Ms. Buddington “The Most Fire Teacher Ever.” She exhibits cultural competence/humility engaging her scholars in a way that caters to their learning styles, identities, and increases their learning capacity. Ms. Buddington is a career author and arts educator based in Brooklyn, New York. Buddington also writes fiction and memoir that elaborates the experience of the millennial woman of color. She’s written/published four books: (Intention, Boroughs Apart, Of Micah and Men and more). She’s also an HBO Def Poet and poetry slam champion. She left her post as Director of TRUCE Media and Arts at Harlem Children’s Zone to design and found a company that designs equitable and culturally relevant curriculum, with an emphasis on literacy, for children of color. She’s currently a curriculum lead and 6th Grade World History teacher at Capital Prep Harlem. You can find Ms. Buddington on the cusp of Brooklyn’s gentrification, in a quaint home office, spilling over with journals. She’s working on her fifth book and is plotting on ways to showcase her Cuban and Jamaican ancestry, every chance she gets. Ms. Buddington will facilitate workshops for the high school leaders and K-12 educators.
Host Mr. “I’M POSSIBLE
AHESLI INSTITUTE HOST Early in life, “Presidential Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient”- Keith L. Brown, “Mr. I’M POSSIBLE,” was identified as a “Special Ed” and “At Risk” student, primarily because he was very talkative, hyper, and wanted to give “all the answers”. These traits made him a hit on the legendary “Showtime at the Apollo,” and Popular Game Shows, “Family Feud,” and “Celebrity Name Game”. Keith empowers hundreds of thousands of people annually, many of whom are in Colleges, School systems, Supplemental education agencies, Family advocacy agencies, Foundations, Government agencies, Faith Based Institutions, Corporate America and the “I’M POSSIBLE Institute,” where he coaches and trains Speakers, Entrepreneurs and Individuals who seek to improve and expand their Communication Skills. As a Legislative Speech Writer and an Award Winning Author and Co-Author, his Curriculum, “not impossible-I’M POSSIBLE: A Relevant Guide on Leadership and Life Skills for Students and Families,” is being read and studied nationally and globally. Keith has been featured in the LA Times, Chicago Sun Times, NY Newsday and hundreds of other locals nationwide. From “Special Ed” to “Specialty Speaker.” From “At Risk” to “Taking Risks,” the time has come for the world to grasp the life-changing, “I’M POSSIBLE” message and its Chief messenger, 20/20 Enterprises own: Keith L. Brown, “Mr. I’M POSSIBLE. (Copied from his website)
Dr. Eddie Moore, Jr.
WORKSHOP PRESENTER- EDUCATOR STRAND Workshop - The White Women’s Guide to Teaching Black Males Dr. Moore is recognized as one of the nation’s top motivational speakers and educators, especially for his work with K-16 students. He is co-editor of Everyday White People Confront Racial and Social Injustice: 15 Stories and the most recent publication, The White Women’s Guide to Teaching Black Males. Dr. Eddie Moore, Jr., currently serves as Director of The Privilege Institute (TPI) and The National White Privilege Conference (WPC), both founded under his direction to provide opportunities and possibilities for research, publications, speaking and collaborations by those committed to true social and institutional change. Dr. Moore provides comprehensive diversity and cultural competency training and workshops for K-12 schools, community organizations, businesses, colleges and universities all across the world. He has presented at national and international conferences focusing on issues of diversity, youth, community, education, cultural competency, leadership, white privilege and other forms of oppression. As a personal diversity consultant and public speaker. His presentations are interactive, fun, challenging, informative and practical and he is recognized as one of the nation’s top motivational speakers and national educators, especially for his work with students K-16.
Dr. Marguerite W. Penick-Parks
WORKSHOP PRESENTER- EDUCATOR STRAND Workshop - The White Women’s Guide to Teaching Black Males
Ms. Jenene Calloway
WORKSHOP PRESENTER- HIGH SCHOOL LEADER STRAND Ms. Calloway is an Industrial/Organizational Psychologist Schreiber Foods. She is responsible for leading and executing the company-wide leadership development and training strategies for the organization. In the various roles she has held, she has been able to lower employee turnover, implement change management solutions, build development programs for employees at various levels of the organization and champion an inclusive workplace. She is passionate, personable, creative, and has the unique ability to turn life stories into lessons around perseverance, leadership, and inclusiveness. In addition to her experiences in the U. S, she has experience teaching, coaching and training in various countries across the world on coaching effectiveness, servant leadership, inclusive workplace, and influence. Ms. Calloways holds certifications as an Emotional Intelligence (EQi) and Hogan Assessment Coach and several Human Resources certifications (PHR, SHRM-CP). Outside of work, she is active with her sorority, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated, volunteering in both diversity efforts and social action initiatives.
Mr. Ron Morris
WORKSHOP PRESENTER- HIGH SCHOOL LEADER STRAND Workshop: Get in Step with College Prep. This interactive information session provides evidence that every 2018 AHESLI leader has the ability to attend and graduate college. In addition, leaders become aware that college cost can become affordable with preparation and guidance. Higher education will increase financial earning power and significantly reduce the risk of incarceration for Wisconsin African-American males. College is Power.
Dr. Lamar L. Johnson
WORKSHOP PRESENTER- EDUCATOR STRAND Dr. Johnson is an Assistant Professor of Language and Literacy for Linguistic and Racial Diversity in the Department of English at Michigan State University. He is interested in the complex intersections of race, language, literacy, and education and how English language arts (ELA) classrooms can become sites for racial justice. In addition, he has presented nationally and internationally on literacy, curriculum, pedagogy, equity and racial justice. Dr. Johnson’s work is featured in the journal of Race Ethnicity and Education, Literacy Research: Theory, Methods, and Practice, English Education, Journal of Negro Education, and English Journal. In addition, he is the recipient of the 2017 Promising Researcher Award through the National Council of Teachers of English.