Keynote Speakers for 2021

Keynote Speakers

Jeffery Williams
Jeffery Williams

Jeff Williams is a Reading Recovery teacher leader and K-12 literacy coach in Solon, Ohio. He speaks at numerous regional, national, and international conferences such as ILA, NCTE, National Reading Recovery & K-6 Literacy, IRRI, and consults with many districts nationally. He has authored articles, a professional book for NCTE, and 80 little books for Hameray Publishing. Jeff has served on the board of NCTE and RRCNA and is Past President of RRCNA.

Cornelius Minor
Cornelius Minor

Cornelius Minor is a Brooklyn-based educator. He works with teachers, school leaders, and leaders of community-based organizations to support equitable literacy reform in cities (and sometimes villages) across the globe. His latest book, We Got This, explores how the work of creating more equitable school spaces is embedded in our everyday choices — specifically in the choice to really listen to kids. He has been featured in Education Week, Brooklyn Magazine, and Teaching Tolerance Magazine. He has partnered with The Teachers College Reading and Writing Project, The New York City Department of Education, The International Literacy Association, Scholastic, and Lesley University’s Center for Reading Recovery and Literacy Collaborative. Out of Print, a documentary featuring Cornelius made its way around the film festival circuit, and he has been a featured speaker at conferences all over the world. Most recently, along with his partner and wife, Kass Minor, he has established The Minor Collective, a community-based movement designed to foster sustainable change in schools. Whether working with educators and kids in Los Angeles, Seattle, or New York City, Cornelius uses his love for technology, hip-hop, and social media to bring communities together. As a teacher, Cornelius draws not only on his years teaching middle school in the Bronx and Brooklyn, but also on time spent skateboarding, shooting hoops, and working with young people.

Gerry Brooks
Gerry Brooks

Gerry Brooks is principal at an elementary school in Lexington, Kentucky. His educational experience includes six years in the classroom, two years as an intervention specialist, and 12 years as an administrator.

He is a passionate public speaker whose focus is on encouraging and helping teachers improve their instructional abilities. He also has a desire to help administrators successfully lead their staff.

An encouraging speaker, he has spoken to educational groups all around the nation. His focus is on encouraging teachers to improve their instruction through personal climate and culture strategies. He desires to help administrators focus on how to lead all staff in a positive and constructive manner.

His following on social media has developed through humorous videos that focus on real-world educational experiences. He is currently followed on these social media sites by over 500,000 people.

Institute and Featured Speakers

Anthony Muhammad
Anthony Muhammad
Gravity Goldberg
Gravity Goldberg
Colleen Cruz
Colleen Cruz
Wiley Blevins
Wiley Blevins
Mary Howard
Mary Howard
Sharroky Hollie
Sharroky Hollie