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Teaching & Learning

Headline speakers announced for Equity in Teaching and Learning Institute

News & Updates
April 9, 2021

We are pleased to announce the keynote speakers for the upcoming Equity in Teaching and Learning Institute, a two-day virtual conference designed to engage participants in peer learning as they develop action-based strategies for implementing equitable instructional models for student success. Participants will also hear from award-winning authors and distinguished faculty, including plenary speakers Dr. Bettina L. Love and Dr. J. Luke Wood.

Dr. Bettina L. Love is an award-winning author and the Athletic Association Endowed Professor at the University of Georgia. Dr. Love is concerned with how educators working with parents and communities can build communal, civically engaged schools rooted in Abolitionist Teaching with the goal of intersectional social justice for equitable classrooms that love and affirm Black and Brown children. In 2020, Dr. Love co-founded the Abolitionist Teaching Network (ATN), whose mission is to develop and support teachers and parents to fight injustice within their schools and communities. She is the author of the books We Want to Do More Than Survive: Abolitionist Teaching and the Pursuit of Educational Freedom and Hip Hop’s Li’l Sistas Speak: Negotiating Hip Hop Identities and Politics in the New South. Her work has appeared in numerous books and journals, including the English JournalUrban EducationThe Urban Review, and the Journal of LGBT Youth.

Dr. J. Luke Wood is vice president of student affairs & campus diversity and Dean’s Distinguished Professor of Education at San Diego State University. Wood also serves as the co-director of the Community College Equity Assessment Lab (CCEAL), a national research and practice center that partners with community colleges to support their capacity in advancing outcomes for underserved students of color. Wood’s research focuses on factors affecting the success of boys and men of color education, with a specific focus on early childhood education and community colleges. His research has been featured by NBC, New York TimesChronicle of Higher EducationHuffington PostFortune Magazine, Los Angeles TimesMiami HeraldSan Francisco Chronicle, C-SPAN, and National Press Club. Dr. Wood has

authored over 160 publications, including more than 70 peer-reviewed journal articles and 15 books.


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