Announcing the 10th Annual
Relationships: A Pathway to Equity
Meaningful relationships are at the heart of the learning enterprise––and life. In his keynote, Chicago public school teacher, author and rapper Dwayne Reed will emphasize the importance of building and maintaining positive relationships with students in any learning environment. From understanding how inequities are experienced at the ground level, to challenging the assumptions we make about our students’ relationships to media and technology to achieve “techquity,” Reed will emphasize the importance of communication and affirmation as we seek to nurture creativity, collaboration and confidence in our learning contexts. At the end of the session, each participant will walk away with dozens of practical, relationship-building strategies they can implement immediately.
Dwayne Reed is an author, rapper, proud husband, father, and public school teacher in Chicago, IL. He creates original songs and videos to help students learn. In 2016, Mr. Reed released his viral music video, “Welcome to the 4th Grade,” which garnered millions of views, and catapulted him into an educational spotlight. Mr. Reed believes relationships mean everything in education, and that every child, no matter their race or social status, deserves a fair chance at a quality education. His message to all is one of grace, love, and equity, and his aim is to rehumanize the learning experience for every scholar, everywhere. Mr. Reed is in love with his wife and junior-high sweetheart, Simone’, and lives happily on the Southside of Chicago. Learn more about his work here: https://tmreed.com/
Teacher, researcher, activist and media maker with a passion for digital and media literacy
Internationally recognized expert on inquiry in digital literacy & online reading comprehension