• Home
  • General
  • AACTE Announces Derek W. Black as 2022 Annual Meeting Opening Keynote Speaker

AACTE Announces Derek W. Black as 2022 Annual Meeting Opening Keynote Speaker

Derek W. Black

AACTE is excited to announce that one of the nation’s foremost experts in education law and policy, Derek W. Black, J.D., is the opening keynote speaker for its 74th Annual Meeting, March 4 – 6, in New Orleans, LA. An outspoken champion for the importance of public education, Black will take center stage on Friday, March 4, to discuss his latest book, Schoolhouse Burning: Public Education and the Assault on American Democracy, and discuss how current education trends represent a retreat from our nation’s foundational commitments to democracy and public education.

Black is currently a professor at the University of South Carolina School of Law and focuses on school funding and equality for disadvantaged students. He has published more than 30 scholarly articles in the nation’s top legal journals, and his research has been cited several times in the federal courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court. Black began his career at Howard University School of Law, where he founded and directed the Education Rights Center. Prior to teaching, he litigated education cases at the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.

Attendees present at this year’s Opening Session will receive a complimentary copy of Black’s book, Schoolhouse Burning: Public Education and the Assault on American Democracy.


Vaccine Update: Please Upload Proof of Vaccination by 2/25   As we’ve shared, to protect the health and safety of all attendees, full vaccination (defined as having received the last required dose of a CDC or WHO recognized vaccine at least two weeks prior to arrival) will be required to participate in AACTE’s 74th Annual Meeting. AACTE also strongly encourages attendees to receive a booster vaccination prior to participation.   Please upload proof of your vaccine status to our confidential site by Friday, February 25. You will need to create an account before being prompted to upload your proof of vaccination, which is required to attend the meeting.


Preconference Registration Reminder

Don’t forget to register for AACTE’s 2022 Annual Meeting preconference workshops, which will take place on March 3 – 4. Seating is limited, so sign up today!

Preconference events include the following:

  • AACTE Holmes Program Preconference  Thursday, March 3, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Friday, March 4, 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.  
  • Diversified Teacher Workforce   Thursday, March 3, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.   
  • Envisioning and Reconceptualizing Global Perspectives in Education Through and Beyond the Pandemic  Thursday, March 3, 12:00 – 4:00 p.m. 

Access the online Event Planner to see the complete list of conference programming. Check out our Speaker Wall to watch previews of concurrent sessions.

The AACTE team is committed to providing an enriching and engaging experience that promotes health and safety and follows the local COVID-19 guidelines and recommendations. Details can be found here

We look forward to seeing you in the “Big Easy!” 

Tags: ,