Register here to join us on January 19, January 21, and January 23 as we celebrate the 10th Annual Progressive Education Summit – an event focused on striving for the ideals of child-centered, democratic education for all children.

Tuesday, January 19, 7 PM

Our 10th Annual Progressive Keynote Speaker

Dr. Lisa Delpit

Currently the Felton G. Clark Distinguished Professor of Education at Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Lisa D. Delpit is the former Executive Director/Eminent Scholar for the Center for Urban Education & Innovation at Florida International University, Miami, Florida.  She is also the former holder of the Benjamin E. Mays Chair of Urban Educational Excellence at Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia.  Originally from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, she is a nationally and internationally-known speaker and writer whose work has focused on the education of children of color and the perspectives, aspirations, and pedagogy of teachers of color.  

Her most recent book, published in 2012, “Multiplication is For White People”: Raising Standards for Other People’s Children explores strategies to increase expectations and academic achievement for marginalized children.  Library Journal named Multiplication… one of the 20 best-selling education books of 2013, and the American School Board Journal selected it as one of eight “notable books” for 2012.  A previous book, Other People’s Children, has sold well over a quarter of a million copies and received the American Educational Studies Association’s “Book Critic Award,” Choice Magazine’s Eighth Annual Outstanding Academic Book Award, and has been named “A Great Book” by Teacher Magazine.  Her other books include: The Real Ebonics Debate: Power, Language, and the Education of African-American Children; and The Skin That We Speak: Thoughts on Language and Culture in the Classroom.  

Dr. Delpit’s work on school-community relations and cross-cultural communication was cited as a contributor to her receiving a MacArthur “Genius” Award in 1990.  Dr. Delpit describes her strongest focus as “…finding ways and means to best educate marginalized students, particularly African-American, and other students of color.”  She has used her training in ethnographic research to spark dialogues between educators on issues that have impact on students typically least well-served by our educational system.  Dr. Delpit is particularly interested in teaching and learning in multicultural societies, having spent time studying these issues in Alaska, Papua New Guinea, Fiji and in various urban and rural sites in the continental United States.  She received a B.S. degree from Antioch College and an M.Ed. and Ed.D. from Harvard University.  Her background is in elementary education with an emphasis on language and literacy development.

Dr. Delpit’s recent work has spanned a range of projects and issues, including assisting urban school districts engaged in school restructuring efforts; developing innovative alternative teacher education programs in urban education and teacher leadership; founding the  post-Katrina National Coalition for Quality Education in New Orleans; recruiting renowned mathematician and Civil Rights leader, Dr. Robert Moses to South Florida to establish the national Algebra Project; assisting in the creation of  high-standards, innovative schools for low-income, urban children; and developing urban leadership programs for principals and school district central office staff.  She has taught pre-service and in-service teachers and principals in many communities across the United States.

Her numerous awards include the Harvard University Graduate School of Education 1993 Alumni Award for Outstanding Contribution to Education; the 1994 American Educational Research Association Cattell Award for Outstanding Early Career Achievement; 1998 Sunny Days Award from Sesame Street Productions for her contributions to the lives of children; and the 2001 Kappa Delta Phi Laureate Award for her contribution to the education of teachers.

Dr. Delpit was also selected as the Antioch College Horace Mann Humanity Award recipient for 2003, which recognizes a contribution by alumni of Antioch College who have “won some victory for humanity.”  Winning candidates are those persons, or groups of persons, whose personal or professional activities have had a profound effect on the present or future human condition.  She was also selected to deliver the prestigious DeWitt Wallace-Reader’s Digest Distinguished Lecturer Award at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA). The award recognizes the contributions of an educational researcher whose work leads to improved learning for low income, elementary or secondary students.


Thursday, January 21, 5 -8 PM

Workshop Night

Join us for three workshop sessions with practitioners from across the region and the country.    With emphasis on reimagining schools and the classroom, ensuring equity, and teachers sustainability, these peer-to-peer workshops are the heart and soul of the Progressive Education Summit!    

Request for Proposals for workshops will be accepted from November 15 through December 15.  Specific workshops will be announced on December 22.


Interested workshop facilitators should complete and submit a Request for Proposal by December 15:


Saturday, January 23, 9 AM – 12 Noon

 A One-time Progressive Education Summit Event:   Re-imagining Education

Dr. Crystal Laura, Dr. Jal Mehta, and Dr. Kaleb Rashad

Join us for a morning with three leaders in education across the country for a compelling, confronting, inspirational morning focused on how we need to re-imagine our schools and classrooms – and moving us to get into action!

9:00-10:30   Opening and Poly-vocal Keynote

10:45-12:00    Select a Deep Dive Class with Dr. Laura, Dr. Mehta, or Dr. Rashad

Dr. Crystal Laura
Dr. Crystal Laura
Dr. Crystal Laura is a tenured professor of Educational Leadership in Chicago and a virtual dissertation writing coach to anti-racist educators across the country. Dr. Laura’s work has focused on the social foundations of education, diversity and equity in schools, and building the capacity of urban educators to promote social justice with conviction, great care, and confidence. Dr. Laura began her career, in 2008, as an African American History and Communication teacher at St. Leonard’s Adult High School for formerly imprisoned men and women, and a personal essayist who wrote to better understand and disentangle the intersections of education and incarceration. Dr. Laura’s scholarship on the “school-to-prison pipeline” has appeared in such peer-reviewed journals as Race, Ethnicity and Education, Cultural StudiesCritical Methodologies, Gender and Education, Critical Questions in Education, and also in one of her three award-winning books, Being Bad: My Baby Brother and the School-to-Prison Pipeline. She is an international speaker, a critical PD facilitator, and a frequent presenter at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, the largest professional organization in the field, within which she now serves as Chair of the Equity and Inclusion Council. Dr. Laura is a gifted truth-teller, who describes in fine detail the current context of urban education, and the hopeful possibilities of how things can be otherwise.
Dr. Jal Mehta
Dr. Jal Mehta
Jal Mehta is Professor of Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. A sociologist by training, his work focuses on how to remake the industrial-era school system into a modern learning organization that creates purpose and passion for both students and adults. He is the author, most recently, with Sarah Fine, of In Search of Deeper Learning: The Quest to Remake the American High School. Jal is the co-director of the Deeper Learning Dozen, a community of practice of 12 districts across the United States and Canada that are seeking to remake themselves for the future. Jal works with teachers, schools, districts, and states in the United States and around the world, seeking to cull wisdom from leading practitioners and share it with the field. Jal is also the proud recipient of the Morningstar Teaching Award at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Dr. Kaleb Rashad
Dr. Kaleb Rashad
Dr. Kaleb Rashad works with community leaders in the US/Canada, Spain, and Hong Kong to create new schools and redesign existing schools focused on deeper learning, innovation, and social justice with throughlines of radical love and collective liberation. As the Creative Director of the Center for Love & Justice at the High Tech High Graduate School of Education, Kaleb co-directs the New School Creation Fellowship in 12 priority cities around the country and he co-directs the #SchoolRedesign Partnerships with existing neighborhood schools on the West Coast and in the South. Prior to his work at the graduate school, Kaleb served as the Director of the Gary and Jerri-Ann Jacobs High Tech High (San Diego); and before High Tech High, he has been a principal in more traditional primary and secondary schools serving both affluent and poor communities. Kaleb is the President/CEO & Cofounder of Unlocked, a non-profit design organization whose primary mission is to “Tend to the Soul of School.” Kaleb holds a BA in Human Development, two Master’s Degrees, and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership with an emphasis on organizational change & relational trust. He works alongside the disruptors of inequity at Stanford’s K12 Lab, IDEO’s Teacher’s Guild, & The Poor People’s Campaign. Prior to education, Kaleb served in the United States Marine Corps, at Camp Pendleton, CA.

For questions or information about the Progressive Ed Summit, contact Summit Coordinator, Gwendolyn Unoko, at

Thank you to the generous sponsors of our 10th Annual Progressive Education Summit: