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General Session

Saturday, July 21, 8:00 AM

Our General Session speakers demonstrate how anyone can be a changemaker—and why every educator should strive to be one.

Nadia Lopez (@TheLopezEffect) is pioneering a path of inspired leadership to show the world how underprivileged communities can beat the odds and create positive institutions with global impact. In 2010, she founded Mott Hall Bridges Academy, a public New York City middle school, in one of the most underserved neighborhoods in the city, to help turn the tide. Her story went viral after the popular Humans of New York (HONY) blog featured one of her students who listed her as his greatest influence because, he said, "She told each one of us we matter."

Nadia Lopez

Cornelius Minor (@MisterMinor) is a frequent keynote speaker for and lead staff developer at the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project, where he works with teachers, school leaders, and leaders of community-based organizations to support deep and wide literacy reform in cities (and sometimes villages) across the globe. Cornelius always uses his love for technology, hip-hop, and social media to recruit students' engagement in reading and writing and teachers' engagement in communities of practice.

Cornelius Minor

Adan Gonzalez (@campeon_ssp) is a community activist and the founder and executive director of the Puede Network, a youth education and leadership development program he started as a college sophomore. After earning a master's in Education Policy and Management from Harvard Graduate School of Education, Adan returned to the low-income, high-crime neighborhood in Oak Cliff, Texas, where he grew up, and became a third-grade teacher at the same school he attended as a child, James Bowie Elementary.

Adan Gonzalez


The ILA General Session is included in your conference registration. Arrive early for the best seats.

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