Plenary Sessions and Speakers
For more than thirty years, Kerry Kennedy has devoted herself to the pursuit of equal justice. Her internationally-lauded book "Speak Truth to Power: A Guide to Defending Human Rights" is an essential source of information for how to provide the role models that inspire student civic engagement. The daughter of the late Senator Robert F. Kennedy, she is now the president of the organization that bears his name, RFK Human Rights. Her time in Buffalo will be spend discussing the book and offering strategies for teachers
Mandy Manning received the National Teacher of the Year Award at the White House in May 2018. She teaches English to newly arrived refugee and immigrant students in the Newcomer Center at Joel E. Ferris High School in Spokane, Washington. Her presentation at the conference will will encourage educators to teach their students to overcome their fears and seek out new experiences. “All of us together make this world interesting and good. The only way to teach fearlessness is to show it. We must show kindness by getting to know our students, learning about them, and showing them how to connect.”
Shawn Harris is an artist and musician who lives in California’s Mojave Desert. His first picture book "Her Right Foot", written by Dave Eggers, was the recipient of six starred reviews. Shawn and Eggers released a second book in Fall of 2018, entitled "What Can a Citizen Do?". Focusing on how art, education, and learning can help repair a world in turmoil, Shawn's presentation will leave you inspired and energized to empower your students to be agents of change.