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Past Conferences

2020 Amplify

Friday, February 28, 2020

The first day of the Amplify 2020 conference started at 9 a.m. with optional school tours.  

Revolucion EDucativa hosted an afternoon session, the Latinx Educators Convening for Latinx educators.

The evening concluded with the Amplify Opening Reception, where Amplify attendees came together for refreshments and an immersive art experience. 

Amplify 2020 attendee holds a bundle of books
Amplify attendee receives a package of books that were offered at Amplify 2020. Photograph by Tiffany Cody.
Amplify 2020 facilitator speaks at a podium
Jacqueline Woodson gives the opening keynote during Amplify 2020. Photograph by Tiffany Cody.

Saturday, February 29, 2020

The opening keynote for the second day of Amplify 2020 was Jacqueline Woodson. 

Breakout I

  • Cultivating the culture: Creating conditions that foster excellence with Laina Cox and Justin Cardoza 
  • Teaching economics in our communities: Supply tools, demand equity with Dr. Eric Soto-Shed 
  • CRTL begins with me: Internal work as the foundation of culturally responsive teaching and learning with Shakiyya Bland, Dianna, Adgers, Karen Soujourner, and Cornell Ellis 
  • Mixed media and social justice in the classroom with Sabrina Thompson- Mitchell 
  • The mindful educator with Solissa Franco-McKay 
  • Racial and educational justice can be found through diversifying our teachers with Winston Cox 
  • Creating a blueprint for colleagues of color: Building community and programmatic strategies with Monica Lewis and Kristen Briggs  
Facilitator stands at a podium during Amplify 2020 conference
Laura Emiko Soltis gives the afternoon keynote at Amplify 2020. Photography by Tiffany Cody.

Breakout II

  • For colored folks who’ve had enuf: Self-care as activism with Dena Simmons and Micia Mosely 
  • Supporting students towards strong careers with Jonathan Chapparo 
  • Powerful leadership: Using emotional intelligence as a tool for transformation with Rito Martinez 
  • Literacy as a civil right: The Detroit story of hope and achievement with Shanta Lightfoot 
  • Reclaiming your power: Liberation for educators of color with Erin Trent Johnson 
  • 99 Problems: Authenticity in critical thinking with Amber Buck  
  • Seeing and hearing our students: The first steps in culturally responsive classrooms with Genece Johnson and Christine Caffey 

Afternoon Keynote

The afternoon keynote was Laura Emiko Soltis.

Breakout III

  • Preserving your child’s Black genius with William Jackson  
  • Helping the helper: Maintaining self while helping others with Michael Johns and Kenneth Stratton 
  • We still can: Engaging students in the 2020 elections with Sarah Cole and Fadhal Moore 
  • From classroom to community: Unlocking and wielding the power of educators of color. A case study from Denver and Houston with Antonio Pares 
  • Race, place and money: The history of education in Kansas City with Murray Woodard 
  • A case study: How to evolve organizational culture through intentional DEI facilitation with Sandra Caldaron, Eugenie Kang, and Tiffany Fick  
  • Beyond the classroom: Prioritizing relationships with families and communities to improve inclusive practices with Khara Martin and Cearra Jones 
Dr. Christopher Emdin and Gloria Ladson-Billings facilitate a session at Amplify 2020. The screen behind them reads: "Because We Love Them: The Work of Black Teachers."
Dr. Christopher Emdin joins Gloria Ladson Billings for the closing keynote of Amplify 2020. Photograph by Tiffany Cody.
Dr. Chistopher Emdin and Gloria Ladson-Billings sit at the front of a full room of 2020 Amplify attendees
Photograph by Tiffany Cody.

Closing Keynote

The closing keynote was Dr. Christopher Emdin and Gloria Ladson Billings.