February 4 | 9AM-3PM
Educators LEADLearnEnrichAdvanceDevelop
Professional Development Day

Featuring Keynote Address by
Dr. Cynthia Dillard,

Education Leader, Philanthropist, Writer and Builder

*NOTE: In-person attendance is mandatory for NITEP Fellows, NIEPRR Fellows (UNLV & NSC), and NV-EPIC PPP & A-ARL Cohorts 2.0 (residing in Clark County only). UNR NIEPRR Fellows may attend virtually.


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8:30 – 9 a.m. | SU Ballroom
Checkin & Grab & Go Breakfast

9 – 10:05 a.m. | SU Ballroom
Keynote by Dr. Cynthia Dillard

10:15 – 10:45 a.m.
Breakout Session 1

Group 1: SU Ballroom
Group 2: SU 209
Group 3: SU 211

10:50 – 11:20 a.m.
Breakout Session 2

Group 1: SU Ballroom
Group 2: SU 209
Group 3: SU 211

11:30 a.m. – noon
Breakout Session 3

Group 1: SU Ballroom
Group 2: SU 209
Group 3: SU 211

Noon – 12: 45 p.m. | SU Ballroom
Grab & Go Lunch

Due to funding limitations, available for NITEP & NIEPRR Fellows and PPP/A-ARL Students and PD Speakers only.

12:50 – 1:25 p.m. | SU Ballroom
Research/Practice Session

1:30 – 2:30 p.m. | SU Ballroom
Question & Answer Panel

featuring all of today’s experts.

2:30 – 3pm | SU Ballroom
Student Fellow Social
(In-Person Only)

Enjoy refreshments and fellowship among students, program faculty/staff, and speakers.

Engage in Your PD

The Spirit of Our Work: Black Women Teachers (Re)member highlights the intersectional identities of Black women teachers and how they matter in a teaching life. Dr. Dillard shows us how educational settings might more conscientiously curate necessary structures of support that pay explicit attention to (re)membering not just the mind and body but the spirit of Black women in the work of teaching and teacher education.

We are excited to welcome Dr. Cynthia Dillard as our keynote speaker for this event. As you dive into Dr. Dillard’s text, consider the importance of (re)membering to the health of our minds, bodies, and spirits as teachers, leaders, and researchers.

How can (re)membering shift and transform our teaching, our lives, and the lives of our students?

Sessions Sinking In?

Share your takeaways, the areas where you want more info , or ideas you want to investigate after each breakout with this form or on a sticky note in the posted “ parking lots.”

This exercise is not only designed to help you with your comprehension and application of what you learn today… Your answers also provide data that our research team to build and share resources that you can apply as you develop in your careers.

Speakers & Sessions

Dr. Cynthia B. Dillard

Education Leader, Philanthropist, Writer and Builder

Dr. Cynthia B. Dillard (Nana Mansa II of Mpeasem, Ghana, West Africa) currently serves as the Dean of the College of Education at Seattle University. Her prior appointment was as the Mary Frances Early Professor of Teacher Education in the Department of Educational Theory and Practice at The University of Georgia. Her research interests include critical teacher education, spirituality in education, and African/African American feminist studies. Aside from being an academic leader, prolific scholar, teacher and sought after speaker, Dean Dillard has built and runs a preschool through junior high school in a rural community in Ghana, West Africa, with her husband Henry Oppong, work that has become much needed professional development for graduate students and faculty of education from across the United States.

Keynote Address: 
When We (Re)member: The Importance of The Spirit of Our Work in Education

Silvina Jover

Bilingual Social Studies Teacher

Born in Argentina and raised in Uruguay, Ms. Jover has been an educator and advocate for immigrant students and their families in the U.S. for the past 8 years. Her background in fields outside education (linguistics and advertising) brings a unique perspective to her pedagogy, which is focused on the development of critical thinking skills and rooted in an understanding of the cultural wealth of each of her students.

Silvina is fluent in four languages and has a B.A. in Political Science, an M.A. in Global Affairs, and a Ph. D. candidate in Multicultural Education. She is an advisory member of several local, state, and national educational committees in bilingual education, digital teaching and learning, and Civics and U.S. Constitution curriculum design.

Breakout Session: 
“Planning for emergent bilinguals utilizing WIDA Can-Do Descriptors”

Sean Tory

Ph.D. Student in Curriculum & Instruction

Sean Tory, M.S. born and raised in Las Vegas, NV! He attended Canyon Springs Leadership & Law Preparatory Academy and was a part of the magnet program there for Leadership. He is a past Gear UP & Upward bound student. Mr. Tory received Bachelor of Science degree in Human Development and Family Studies from the University of Nevada, Reno where he was a Trio Scholar. After graduating from The University of Nevada, Reno, he received his Master of Science Degree from UNLV in Marriage and Family Therapy.

He is currently a Ph.D Student at UNLV for Curriculum & Instruction with a concentration in Cultural Studies, International Education and Multicultural Education. Sr. Management Analyst at the City of Las Vegas.

He is a father of two beautiful girls, community servant, and business owner. Co-Founder & Vice President of King of Jewels, Co-Creator of The Men’s Room former host of The Business Information Buffet Podcast, lastly a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

Breakout Session:
What is Restorative Justice?

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February 4 | Educators 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.

*NOTE: In-person attendance is mandatory for 1) NITEP Fellows, NIEPRR Fellows, and NV-EPIC PPP & A-ARL Cohorts 2.0 (residing in Clark County only and/or 2) unless you have made prior arrangements with the designated program manager (see your Slack channel announcement) to attend virtually. Multiple absences from mandatory events and/or incomplete alternative assignments may result in dismissal from your fellowship/program.

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