March 12 | 8AM-3PM
Educators LEAD PD Day

History through Whose Eyes? Examining the Impact of Incorporating Critical Perspectives in K-12 Education

Featuring Keynote Addresses by  Dr. David Stovall and Dr. Marvin Lynn and breakout sessions by community leaders, Robert Strawder and Jordan Hankins.

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8-8:15 a.m. | Room 208
Checkin & Grab & Go Breakfast

8:15-9:15 a.m. | Room 208
Keynote by Dr. Marvin Lynn
Wading through the Culture Wars to Critically Engage Race in the Classroom

9:25-9:50am
Breakout Session 1

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with Dr. Marvin Lynn
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with Jordan Hankins

9:55-10:20am
Breakout Session 2

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with Robert Strawder

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with Dr. Marvin Lynn

10:30-11:25 a.m. | Room 208*
Keynote by Dr. David Stovall
Teaching in an Age of Attack: Critical Race Theory and the Fight for the Historical Record

11:35am-noon
Breakout Session 3

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with Dr. David Stovall

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with Robert Strawder

12:05-12:30pm
Breakout Session 4

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with Jordan Hankins

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with Dr. David Stovall

12:30-1:10pm | Room 209
Lunch

Available for NITEP Fellows and Speakers only.

1:15-2:15pm | Room 208
Question & Answer Panel

featuring today’s experts: Dr. David Stovall, Dr. Marvin Lynn, Jordan Hankins, and Robert Strawder

2:30-3pm | Room 209
NITEP Fellows Social

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Speakers & Sessions

David Stovall 

Professor, University of Illinois at Chicago

David Stovall, Ph.D. is a professor in the department of Black Studies and in the department of Criminology, Law & Justice at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). His scholarship investigates three areas: Critical Race Theory; the relationship between housing and education; and the intersection of race, place and school. In the attempt to bring theory to action, he works with community organizations and schools to address issues of equity, justice and abolishing the school/prison nexus. His work led him to become a member of the design team for the Greater Lawndale/Little Village School for Social Justice (SOJO), which opened in the Fall of 2005. Furthering his work with communities, students, and teachers, his work manifests itself in his involvement with the Peoples Education Movement, a collection of classroom teachers, community members, students and university professors in Chicago, Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area who engage in collaborative community projects centered in creating relevant curriculum. In addition to his duties and responsibilities as a professor at UIC, he also served as a volunteer social studies teacher at the Greater Lawndale/Little Village School for Social Justice from 2005-2018.

Keynote:

Teaching in an Age of Attack: Critical Race Theory and the Fight for the Historical Record

Stovall’s conversation takes the current moment into account, considering the attacks on Critical Race Theory and any inclusion of critical perspectives on race, class, gender, age, (dis)ability and sexual orientation in k-20 education. Because this moment is an extension of earlier contestations in history, the talk centers on the need to disrupt the chaos of the day while building possibilities with those committed to educational justice.

Jordan Hankins

Founding Director, Southern Nevada Black Educators Initiative

Jordan Hankins is the founding director of the Southern Nevada Black Educators Initiative and is a Las Vegas native and former K-12 Clark County School District student. Jordan earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and Master of Arts degree in Urban Leadership and Public Policy at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Jordan has worked on several local and national democratic campaigns and currently works as an organizer for a local teachers union. Jordan’s advocacy work centers around her own experiences as a CCSD student who narrowly escaped the school-to-prison pipeline, as she is a strong advocate for educational equity and social justice.

Breakout Session:

Amplifying Black Voices in Clark County School District Schools

Critical LIberatory Pedagogy: Why You Should See Color, Embrace Class and Cultural Differences and Advocate With and on Behalf of Your Students. An in-depth analysis of a former Clark County School District student who narrowly escaped the school-to-prison pipeline and is using her counter narrative to close racial achievement gaps, restore agency in Black teachers and eradicate anti-Blackness by transforming the climate and culture in Clark County School District schools. Ms.Hankins will share the importance of instilling high aspirations for Black students, equipping licensed teachers and staff with resources and knowledge to prepare teachers to engage Black students and why transforming your classroom to a freedom space facilities positive and productive learning environments for all of your students.

Marvin Lynn

Professor, Portland State University

Dr. Marvin Lynn currently serves as Professor of Education and Black Studies at Portland State University. He is an internationally recognized expert on race and education. He has featured in national and international news outlets including the BBC, The New York Times, The BBC, Fox News, The Christian Science Monitor, Great Britain News and others. Dr. Lynn’s research has been recognized by the American Educational Research Association, the Critical Race Studies in Education Association. He is a member of the academic honor society – Phi Kappa Phi. He is also an elected member of his local school board in Oregon.

Keynote:

Wading through the Culture Wars to Critically Engage Race in the Classroom

In the session, Dr. Lynn will discuss and historically situate the current moment where states across the nation are attempting to prohibit the teaching of race in the classroom. He will discuss why it is important for teachers to address what some politicians have framed as “divisive concepts” in the classroom. In particular, he will explore the question, “What is gained when students have the opportunity to critically interrogate and explore issues of race?” Additionally, he will provide participants with some important information about a few pedagogical frameworks including critical race pedagogy, culturally relevant pedagogy and culturally sustaining pedagogy. He will share how teachers can draw on these frameworks to address critically important concepts while fostering deeper connections with students and teaching important skills.

Robert Strawder

Teacher, Grant Sawyer Middle School, CEO, Vegas Don Enterprises, & Executive Director, Donna Street Community Center

Robert Strawder defied the odds, not only by surviving the Donna Street Projects but also by showing his friends and family that anything is possible. Raised in North Las Vegas, he became involved in gangs, drugs, and run-ins with the law. He promised to give back to kids and families that live in low-income and poverty-stricken environments that he also grew up around. Mr. Strawder kept his promise and started his journey by graduating from CSN in 2017 with a double degree in General Studies, and Mental Behavioral Services. While helping the youth of Clark County he came up with the Hip Hop Entrepreneurship Program, in which he started a pilot in 2019 at Desert Rose High School. He integrates restorative practice circles, mentoring, problem-solving , gang intervention, studio recording, and hip-hop music creation to catch the attention of youth through Hip-Hop across the Valley. Mr. Strawder created an innovative way to engage with youth while implementing teaching strategies such as diversion from criminal activity, music history, mathematics , literacy, and critical thinking. Robert’s program won over the kids at Desert Rose High School boosting attendance, improving their behavior, and raising grade point averages. Recently, Mr. Strawder was awarded the 2022 Legacy Builder Award from the NAACP of Las Vegas. He has been a mentor and teacher in the Clark County School District for over 5-years.

Breakout Session:

Hip Hop Entrepreneurship Program: An Innovative Approach to Support Students of Color

Hip Hop Entrepreneurship is a program that connects youth with a passion for hip hop music and culture with mentorship and education opportunities led by Founder Robert Strawder Jr. who partners with law enforcement and community leaders. A key element to the healing process between youth of color, their community, and law enforcement is to build trust through regular mentorship interactions and brave discussions lead with vulnerability and honesty. Getting comfortable with being uncomfortable is the approach to our sometimes emotional but always important restorative practice circles. Also, we work towards showing the students where music started from, what deals will be on the table, how to copyright their music, and how to write business plans. Our vision is to live in a world where all youth despite their limited resources have opportunity. The opportunities are taken, and the youth become productive members of our community and our economy with an entrepreneurial spirit. We will achieve this vision by providing a safe space steeped in hip hop music, culture, real talk, artistic expression, artistic development, music industry business knowledge and entertainment opportunities.

PD Day Pre-Activity

Join nv|forward Post Doctoral Scholars Drs. Gina Delgado and Nathan Koeber as they discuss some grounding perspectives to help center the topics covered by our Educators LEAD experts.

March 12 LEAD Day Livestream

Can’t join us in person? Jump on the livestream! Post your questions directly in the YouTube live comment feed during the event and our staff will relay your questions to our speakers.
You can also tag us on social media using #nvforward and @unlvcoe.

Educators LEAD events are made possible thanks to generous funding from the Nevada Institute on Educator Preparation (NITEP), the Nevada Institute on Educator Preparation, Retention, & Research (NIEPRR), and the Nevada Educator Preparation Institute & Collective (NV-EPIC).

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