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What Matters Most: EL Education 2020 Virtual Summit

EL Education Virtual Institute

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    K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12

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    All Educators

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What Matters Most: EL Education 2020 Virtual Summit

Racial Justice Quality Curriculum Social-Emotional Learning

This fall, in lieu of our in-person national conference, we will gather virtually at #ELVS20 as an educational community committed to racial justice, quality curriculum, and social-emotional learning for all to meet this moment and focus on promising practices that can guide our work, no matter the setting.

Join us from October 22-23, 2020 to learn side by side with leaders, researchers, students, teachers, and education experts to adapt practical and actionable tools through a series of intimate conversations and interactive sessions.


You’ll learn how to:

  • Address issues of racism through courageous conversations and other key practices—with time to explore and learn from each other.
  • Teach the standards-aligned EL Education ELA curriculum—including the new FLEX options—in a shifting environment.
  • Support students coping with trauma and racism through emotional healing and restoration in advisory Crews, school culture, and beyond.
  • Explore how engaging, empowering, and challenging “Deeper Instruction” meets students’ academic and social-emotional needs in the current environment.

Stay tuned for upcoming announcements of student spotlights, sessions, affinity groups, networking opportunities, and more! Join the conversation on social media using the #ELVS20 hashtag.

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Glenn Singleton

Glenn Singleton

Featured Speaker & Author of Courageous Conversations About Race

Glenn Eric Singleton, Author of Courageous Conversations About Race, founded Pacific Educational Group, Inc. (PEG) to support families in their transitions within and between K–12 and higher education. His company rapidly grew into a vehicle for addressing systemic educational inequity by providing a framework, guidance, and support to K–12 systems and institutions of higher education focused on meeting the needs of under-served students of color. He is now its president and chief executive officer.

Dena Simmons

Dena Simmons

Featured Speaker

Assistant Director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, Associate Research Scientist at the Yale Child Study Center, activist, educator, and student of life from the Bronx, New York.

Student Ambassadors

Student Ambassadors

Featured Speakers

Hear directly from students in the EL Education network about what matters most.

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Margarida Celestino

Student Host

Hear directly from our student host, Margarida Celestino, and students in the EL Education network about what matters most.

Laina Cox

Laina Cox

Silverberg Leadership Award Recipient & Principal, Capital City Public Charter School

Laina joined Capital City Public Charter School 2012 as Middle School Principal. She graduated with a Master in Education in Teaching & Curriculum from Harvard University, holds a Bachelor of Arts from Spelman College, and completed a principal licensure program at Northeastern University.

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Justin Lopez-Cardoze

D.C. Teacher of the Year & Teacher, Capital City Public Charter School

Justin Lopez-Cardoze is the 2020 DC Teacher of the Year. At Capital City Public Charter School, he is a member of the Equity Core Committee, MS Instructional Leadership Team, and MS Science Department Lead. He is also on the clinical faculty for Urban Teachers at Johns Hopkins University.

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Daren Graves

Associate Professor of Education and Social Work, SImmons University

Daren Graves is an Associate Professor of Education and Social Work at Simmons University and Adjunct Lecturer of Education at Harvard Graduate School of Education. His research lies at the intersection of critical race theory, racial identity development, and teacher education. He is the co-author of Schooling for Critical Consciousness: Engaging Black and Latinx Youth in Analyzing, Navigating, and Challenging Racial Injustice (Harvard Education Press, 2020).

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Scott Seider

Associate Professor of Applied Developmental & Educational Psychology, Boston College | EL Education Research Advisory Board

Scott Seider is an associate professor of applied developmental and educational psychology at Boston College where his research focused on youth civic development. A former secondary English teacher, Dr. Seider is the co-author of Schooling for Critical Consciousness: Engaging Black and Latinx Youth in Analyzing, Navigating, and Challenging Racial Injustice (Harvard Education Press, 2020).

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Allyson Tintiangco-Cubales, PhD

Community Responsive Education

Allyson Tintiangco-Cubales, Ph.D. is a Professor in the College of Ethnic Studies and Educational Leadership at San Francisco State University. She co-founded Community Responsive Education and Teaching Excellence Network. She has published five books and a wide array of articles and book chapters that focus on the development of ethnic studies curriculum and community responsive pedagogy. Professor Tintiangco-Cubales has won many awards including being named one of the 100 most influential Filipinas in the world. In 2014, she was also given the Community Advocacy Award from the Critical Educators for Social Justice group from the American Educational Research Association.


Glenda Goce Macatangay, MSW

Community Responsive Education

Glenda Macatangay is a social justice entrepreneur that utilizes art, creativity, and innovation to operationalize core values and philosophies of equity in building community-responsive sustainable businesses. She is the Chief Operations Officer of Community Responsive Education and the Managing Partner of UpperCloud, a media agency for social impact in Oakland, Ca. She holds a Masters in Social Work degree from California State University at Sacramento and a Bachelors in Sociology and Women’s Studies from the University of California at Davis.


Jeff Duncan-Andrade, Ph.D

Community Responsive Education

Jeff Duncan-Andrade, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Raza Studies and Education at San Francisco State University. He is also the founder of the Roses in Concrete Community School, a community responsive lab school in East Oakland, Teaching Excellence Network and the Community Responsive Education Group working with schools and districts around the world to develop and support effective classroom and school cultures. As a classroom teacher and school leader in East Oakland for the past 24 years, his pedagogy has been widely studied and acclaimed for producing uncommon levels of social and academic success for students.

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Eduardo Brinceño

Co-Founder & CEO, Mindset Works

Eduardo is the Co-Founder & CEO of Mindset Works. He has spoken at numerous conferences, delivered two popular TEDx talks, and has been featured on prominent media outlets. He holds bachelor’s degrees in finance and engineering and masters’ degrees in education and business, but most important he continues to enjoy lifelong learning every day.

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Dr. Katharine Pace Miles

Assistant Professor in Early Childhood Education, Brooklyn College, City University of New York

Katharine Pace Miles, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor in Early Childhood Education at Brooklyn College, City University of New York. Dr. Miles’s research interests include orthographic facilitation and mapping, sight word learning, literacy assessment of students with special needs, and literacy instruction for young children that is both developmentally appropriate and grounded in the science of reading. Dr. Miles has published several articles in peer reviewed journals, and she has presented at national and international conferences. She proudly serves as the Academic Advisor for Reading Rescue, a professional development program and a one-on-one research and evidence-based literacy intervention provided to struggling first grade students across New York City.

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​Tami Hill Washington

Vice President, Partner Impact, Turnaround for Children

Tami Hill Washington, Ed.M. serves as Vice President of Partner Impact at Turnaround for Children. She is responsible for partnering with school leaders in the Greater New York area to build their capacity to promote positive developmental and learning outcomes for students. In addition, she leads the organization’s strategy to become a more diverse, inclusive and equitable organization. She facilitates the organization’s DEI committee, provides coaching and consulting support across the organization and leads learning and development initiatives for all staff with a focus on people managers. She joined Turnaround for Children in 2014 as an Instructional Coach in Newark, New Jersey and was promoted to VP, Partner Impact in 2019.


Sarah Said

Director of Language and Equity Programs, Elgin Math and Science Academy Charter

Sarah Said, a teacher at Elgin Math and Science Academy Charter School in Elgin, IL has been named the Open Up Resources EL Education K–5 Language Arts Teacher of the Month on numerous occasions.

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Jeff Heyck Williams

Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Two Rivers Public Charter School

Jeff Heyck-Williams is a founder and director of curriculum and instruction at Two Rivers Public Charter School in Washington, DC where he has worked since 2004. At Two Rivers, he has helped to develop an inclusive, dynamic learning community that is dedicated to providing students more than basic skills and knowledge.

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Rebecca Blum-Martinez

Professor, Bilingual/ESL Director, Latin American Programs in Education (LAPE), University of New Mexico

Dr. Rebecca Blum Martinez is a professor of Bilingual/ESL studies at the University of New Mexico, as well as the director of the university’s Latin American Programs in Education (LAPE) department. She earned a Ph.D in education from the University of California, Berkeley, where she specialized in bilingualism and second language acquisition.


Linda Grein

Math Consultant, EduQuate, LLC

Linda has been working in education for fifteen years teaching and leading in public, private and public charter schools. Prior to EduQuate, Linda led the whole school (K-8th grade) transformation of math vision, curriculum, culture, and teacher practice at Polaris Charter School in Chicago as their Director of Mathematics. Since starting EduQuate in 2016, she has supported schools across the U.S. (New York, D.C, Chicago, Boston) in transforming their mathematics culture and curriculum to build life long mathematicians.



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