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Create a Culture of Literacy at ILA 2019!

General Session

Friday, October 11, 8:00 AM

Chelsea Clinton (@ChelseaClinton) is the author of the No. 1 New York Times bestseller She Persisted: 13 American Women Who Changed the World as well as She Persisted Around the World: 13 Women Who Changed History; It's Your World: Get Informed, Get Inspired & Get Going!; Start Now!: You Can Make a Difference and, with Devi Sridhar, Governing Global Health: Who Runs the World and Why? She is also the vice chair of the Clinton Foundation, where she works on many initiatives, including those that help empower the next generation of leaders. She lives in New York City with her husband, Marc, their daughter, Charlotte, their son, Aidan, and their dog, Soren.

Chelsea Clinton

Pedro Noguera (@PedroANoguera) is the distinguished professor of education at the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at UCLA as well as a commissioner for the National Commission on Social, Emotional, and Academic Development. His research focuses on the ways in which schools are influenced by social and economic conditions. He is the author of 12 books and appears as a regular education commentator on CNN, MSNBC, National Public Radio, and other national news outlets. He has won several awards for his research and advocacy efforts aimed at fighting poverty.

Pedro Noguera

Renée Watson (@reneewauthor) is the New York Times best-selling, Newbery Honor, and Coretta Scott King Award–winning author of several works for children of all ages, including Piecing Me Together, A Place Where Hurricanes Happen, and Harlem's Little Blackbird, which was nominated for an NAACP Image Award. Her most recent books include Watch Us Rise, coauthored with Ellen Hagan, and Some Places More Than Others (September 2019). She is the founder of I, Too, Arts Collective, a nonprofit committed to nurturing underrepresented voices in the creative arts.

Renée Watson

Hamish Brewer (@brewerhm) has over 20 years' experience serving as a classroom teacher, administrator, international education director, and consultant in the United States and abroad. The New Zealand native was named a 2017 National Distinguished Principal by the National Association of Elementary School Principals. Hamish's approach is unconventional and transformational, and his extensive background in literacy fuels his work on motivation, best practices, and advancements in the implementation and use of technology in schools.

Hamish Brewer


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Please note: Presenters, dates, times, and topics are subject to change.