Gold Star Education Leaders to Headline 2nd Annual National Literacy Summit

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November 5 Virtual Conference Will Address Current and Future Learning Challenges

Achieve3000, a pioneer in differentiated and personalized PK-12 instructional solutions, and Successful Practices Network, a not-for-profit membership organization committed to improving education for all students, are once again partnering to present the 2nd Annual National Literacy Summit. In adherence with the CDC’s COVID-19 guidance, this year’s Summit will take place online November 5, 2020, from 8:30 am – 5:00 pm ET. Dynamic sessions led by 12 of today’s most respected and accomplished education thought leaders will offer compelling perspectives on literacy and learning in today’s rapidly changing K-12 environment.

This one-day professional learning event is designed for educators at all levels who are facing the difficult challenge of literacy instruction in the midst of a pandemic. Thought leaders and expert practitioners will explore the latest innovations and strategies to address the needs of students, especially those most at risk of falling behind. Presenters will focus on effective remote instruction, trauma skills, social emotional learning, culturally responsive literacy instruction, and what we can expect the future of literacy to look like, among other on-trend themes.

“The Summit offers an unparalleled professional learning experience,” said Kevin Baird, Chief Academic Officer at Achieve3000. “This year brought many changes and challenges to school communities. Our panel of distinguished speakers will focus on these challenges and how educators can overcome them to create a positive impact in their schools.”

The Summit features prominent national education leaders presenting thought-provoking research and innovative ideas, including:

Kweku Mandela

A Conversation with Kweku Mandela hosted by Tanyella Evans

Co-owner of the leading TV and film production company, Out of Africa, education activist, and grandson of the former South African President and anti-apartheid revolutionary, Nelson Mandela. Mandela also co-founded the non-profit Africa Rising with Ndaba Mandela with the mission of contributing to the development of the African continent and changing the perception of Africa by the global community through publications, film, media and social interaction.

Dr. Pedro Noguera

Literacy for All: Understanding and Responding to Racial Injustice in Education

Critically acclaimed scholar, dynamic speaker and a committed literacy activist. His work focuses on a broad range of issues related to education, social justice and public policy. He is the author of several best-selling books and is a highly sought-after public speaker and international consultant. Noguera is Dean of the Rossier School of Education at University of Southern California, Distinguished Professor of Education at the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, and Faculty Director for the Center for the Transformation of Schools at UCLA.

Dr. Bill Daggett

Looking Forward: How Literacy Instructional Delivery is Going to Change

Nationally acclaimed author, presenter, thought leader, and adviser to educators and their stakeholders in planning and implementing systemic school change. He has served and consulted for such organizations as the Council of Chief State School Officers, the National Governors Association, and the U.S. Department of Education.

Dr. Douglas Fisher

All Learning Is Social and Emotional

Author of numerous articles on reading and literacy, differentiated instruction and curriculum design, as well as books such as Visible Learning for Literacy, Building Equity, and Assessment-Capable Learners. He is also Professor and Chair of the Department of Educational Leadership at San Diego University.

Dr. Gholnecsar (Gholdy) Muhammad

Cultivating Genius: An Equity Model for Culturally and Historically Responsive Literacy

Best-selling author of Cultivating Genius: An Equity Model for Culturally and Historically Responsive Literacy and transformative leader in culturally responsive education, Dr. Muhammad works with teachers and young people across the United States and South Africa to instill best practices for culturally responsive instruction. Dr. Muhammad is currently an associate professor of Language and Literacy at Georgia State University. Additionally, she serves as the director of the Urban Literacy Collaborative and Clinic.

Mr. Dwayne Reed

Relationships Matter

America’s Favorite Rapping Teacher, Dwayne Reed, has been crisscrossing the globe, promoting his message of love and equity in education. After seeing viral success with the release of his educational music video, “Welcome to the 4th Grade,” Reed has been on a mission to convince the world that relationships mean everything in education.

Dr. Salome Thomas-EL

Passionate Leadership in a Changing World: Addressing Equity, Social Justice and Culture

Highly-praised author of I Choose to Stay and The Immortality of Influence, Dr. Thomas-EL is a dynamic story-teller known for his inspirational leadership as the Head of School for Thomas Edison Charter School. He is a recipient of the Marcus A. Foster Award and the University of Pennsylvania’s distinguished Martin Luther King Award.

Dr. Carol Ann Tomlinson

Teaching in Two Worlds: Strategies for Attending to Students’ Differences in a Remote Environment

A renowned leader in education, Dr. Tomlinson works nationwide and internationally with educators who seek to embrace differentiated instruction. She is Professor and Chair of Educational Leadership, Foundations, and Policy at University of Virginia, and Co-Director of Curry’s Institute on Academic Diversity.

National Literacy Summit registrants will have access to 12, one-hour live sessions on November 5. Alternatively, participants may access all sessions, on-demand, for up to one year following the event. Participants may earn up to 12 CE certificates. The cost to participate in The National Literacy Summit is $99.00, and registration is now open.


About the National Literacy Summit The National Literacy Summit is a dynamic, professional development event for all educators. It is brought to you by the Successful Practices Network (SPN), a nonprofit organization dedicated to sharing best practices with K-12 education leaders and by co-host Achieve3000, a leading ed-tech company accelerating literacy growth through personalized and differentiated solutions.

For more information, visit or call 732.994.3434

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