Keynote: Dr. Bettina Love, “Telling the Truth in a Post-Truth Era - What is the Moral Imperative for Teachers?
Panel #1: Teaching for Black Lives with Jodie Geddes & Aaron Dorsey,
Panel #2: Colonialism, Global pandemic & Ecological Justice
"It's Time to Listen"
Dr. Bettina Love is an award-winning author and the Athletic Association Endowed Professor at the University of Georgia. She is one of the field’s most esteemed educational researchers. Author of We Want to Do More Than Survive: Abolitionist Teaching and the Pursuit of Educational Freedom. https://bettinalove.com/
Jodie Geddes is the Community Organizing Coordinator at Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth (RJOY) & author of Little Book of Racial Healing. Jodie an international speaker on restorative justice, author, and advocate for racial justice. A Jamaica, West Indies native by way of Brooklyn, NY Geddes uses her story as a catalyst for creating new narratives about the black experience and the possibilities for healing. https://restorativejusticeontherise.org/resources/restorative-justice-for-oakland-youth-rjoy/
Aaron is the senior program and policy analyst at NEA and has history of building momentum, engagement, and awareness for national initiatives with various stakeholder organizations—advocacy nonprofits, public school districts, foundation partners, and government agencies. Possess particular expertise in education policy and reform, advancing priorities around improving educational outcomes for underrepresented groups based on race, gender, and class; knowledge gained in the field and through formal education
Dave is one of the co-founders and co-executive director of Truth Telling Project and the director of the Grassroots Reparations Campaign. David is a writer, scholar and activist. David recently published a series on reparations in Yes Magazine.
Dr. Imani Michelle Scott is a member of the TTP Board, faculty at SCAD and co-author of Crimes against Humanity in the Land of the Free: Can a Truth and Reconciliation Process Heal Racial Conflict in America? https://www.scad.edu/academics/faculty/imani-michelle-scott
Melinda is one of the co-executive directors of Truth Telling Project and director of the Seacoast Peace Academy. Melinda is a retired professor of Gender and Women’s Studies, Education and has taught in K-12 schools.www.melindasalazar.com
Ursula is a first grade teacher and leader at Vimenti School, Puerto Rico’s first charter school located within the public housing project Ernesto Ramos Antonini in San Juan, Puerto Rico where 90% of the student population lives under the poverty level. https://leadcolab.org/2020/04/the-importance-of-voice/
The Truth Telling Project engages in and offers radical, and participatory learning opportunities focused on healing within communities that experience police violence supporting reconciliation.
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