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#AACTE19 Closing Keynote Speakers Announced

AACTE is pleased to announce the keynote speakers for the 71st Annual Meeting Closing Session are Mary Dilworth, editor of Millennial Teachers of Color, and Leslie Fenwick, dean emerita of Howard University. The session will take place at the Kentucky International Convention Center on February 24, 2019.

Join this dynamic duo in a provocative discussion that probes beneath the surface to address how the millennial generation of teachers and those of color, in particular, have become agents of change in education. Discover why the missing link in the recurrent conversation about teacher diversity and inequities is the millennial generation—the most diverse, educated, socially connected, and now largest generation in the workforce.

Dilworth has centered her career on teacher quality and preparation, with a keen focus on racial/ethnic and linguistic diversity and equity issues. She led a host of education research, policy, and program initiatives as vice-president of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards and senior vice-president of AACTE. Dilworth currently serves as an advisor to a range of non-profit education organizations and institutions.

Recently, Dilworth was a co-principal investigator for the National Science Foundation (NSF-DR12) project designed to recruit, prepare, license, and employ middle and high school science teachers from underrepresented groups. In addition, she served as a visiting professor and director of the Center for Urban Education at the University of the District of Columbia. Earlier in her career, she was a research fellow with Howard University’s Institute for the Study of Educational Policy (ISEP) and wrote the book, Teachers’ Totter: a Report on Teacher Certification Issues, widely recognized as heightening the national discourse on the disparate impact of licensing tests on underrepresented groups.

Fenwick is dean emeritus of the Howard University School of Education and a professor of leadership studies and education policy. She is a former visiting scholar and visiting fellow at Harvard University, Salzburg Fellow and a 2017-19 MCLC Senior Fellow at West Point Academy (USMA). Fenwick is co-founder of the Howard University-American Association of School Administrators (AASA) Urban Superintendents Academy and a past member of the Harvard University Principals Center Advisory Board.

A former urban school teacher and administrator, Fenwick also served as an appointed member of the National Academy of Sciences Committee that studied the impact of mayoral control on Washington, D.C. Public Schools. In addition, she was one of 30 invited researchers to the December 2018 convening of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (AAAS) to discuss AAAS’ report on the future of undergraduate education in U.S. colleges/universities.

Learn more about our General Session speakers at aacte.org.

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Jerrica Thurman

Director of Marketing & Communications, AACTE