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Metro's CSS Convenes Third Annual Decolonizing Education Conference

The third annual Decolonizing Education Conference, sponsored by NYU's Center for Strategic Solutions, the NYCDOE's Office of Equity and Access, will be a two-day event held June 7th-8th, 2019. The conference is designed for & by teacher-activists who are seeking to disrupt and dismantle institutional racism and systems of oppression in schools. Both days will be packed with rich and critical spaces to interrogate existing norms in schools and recreate spaces that center the brilliance of our racially, culturally, and linguistically diverse students, staff, and families. This year look for more sessions tailored for and by our young people. 
For more information please contact CSS Director Natalie Zwerger at nz11@nyu.edu.
See the 2019 Decolonizing Education Conference program
Register for the Decolonizing Education Conference here.
Read about our 2019 #DecolonizingEd Conference keynotes below:


Friday, June 7th:


Dr. Marcelle Haddix is a Dean’s Professor and chair of the Reading and Language Arts department in the Syracuse University School of Education, where she is an inaugural co-Director of the Lender Center for Social Justice. She is the President of the Literacy Research Association. She facilitates literacy programs for adolescent and adult communities in Syracuse, including the Writing Our Lives project for urban youth writers and a Black women’s literary club and free library project. Dr. Haddix’s scholarly work is published in Research in the Teaching of English, English Education, Linguistics and Education, and Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy and in her book, Cultivating Racial and Linguistic Diversity in Literacy Teacher Education: Teachers Like Me, which received the 2018 Outstanding Book Award from the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education. Also known as The ZenG, Dr. Haddix is also a 200-hour certified registered yoga instructor who specializes in yoga and mindfulness for underrepresented groups and for community-based organizations with strong commitments to maternal health and food justice. Her community engaged approach to yoga, wellness, and healthy living culminates in yoga and writing retreats for women and couples of color, yoga and mindfulness workshops in urban school contexts, and regular yoga classes and sistercircles in her community. Follow her at @MarcelleHaddix and @zengangstayoga.

Saturday, June 8th:


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. 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 staff developer with the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project, 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. Follow Cornelius on Twitter @MisterMinor