Keynote Speakers

Check out our confirmed Speakers for 2020!

Dr. Enid Lee

Enid Lee is an anti-racist professional development specialist, leadership coach and writer. She consults internationally on equitable education and supports educators in preparing all students to create and experience a world with greater justice, joy and generosity.

Her publications include Letters to Marcia: A Teachers’ Guide to Anti-Racist Education, Checking and Changing My Systems for Equity and “Anti-Racist Teaching“ in the Encyclopedia of Diversity in Education.

She is the co-editor of Beyond Heroes and Holidays: A Practical Guide to K-12 Anti-Racist Multicultural Education and Staff Development.

Enid has been the recipient of several awards for her path-breaking work in anti-racist education and community building among Black communities and immigrant parents. She received an Honorary Doctor of Laws from Queen’s University, Canada; was named Multicultural Educator of the Year, U.S and is included in 100 Accomplished Black Canadian Women.

Enid is a Virtual Scholar with Teaching for Change in Washington, DC and in real time lives in Toronto, Canada and Santa Cruz, California.

In spare moments, she enjoys sitting outdoors without shoes and reading books for children of all ages.

Kim Potowski

Kim Potowski is a professor of Hispanic linguistics in the Department of Hispanic and Italian Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is also a faculty affiliate in the Latin American and Latino Studies Program, the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, and in the Social Justice Initiative. Also she is the founding ​​director of the Language in Context Research Group. Since 2009 Kim has served as Executive Editor of the journal Spanish in Context.

Most broadly, she is interested in the promotion of minority languages and multilingualism, particularly via elementary schooling. Her work focuses on Spanish in the United States, including factors that influence intergenerational language transmission, connections between language and identity, and heritage language education. Some of her recent research topics include:

* Language development in dual immersion schools
* Mexican and Puerto Rican Spanish in Chicago, and the language and identity of mixed “Mexi-Rican” individuals
* Teaching heritage languages, particularly Spanish in the U.S.
* Spanish use in Chicago quinceañera celebrations
* The use of “Spanglish” in commercially published greeting cards

Here is a list of her invited (non-conference) presentations and some of here current research projects – Click here.

Jose Medina