Hosted by American University’s School of Education
Few things matter more in education than the quality of the teacher at the head of the classroom. In this talk, DeRay will share his experiences teaching, managing human capital at the district level, and training and supporting teachers. He will explain how critical teachers, and the education reform community in general, are in the work of building power for current and future generations and in the work of social change.
DeRay Mckesson is a prominent activist within the Black Lives Matter movement and a leading voice against police violence. Known for his social media prowess, Mckesson has been in the public eye since the August 2014 protests in Ferguson when he began speaking out against excessive use of force by police and advocating for reform. Since then, he has grown his Twitter following to more than 500,000 and in 2015 he co-founded Campaign Zero, a comprehensive platform to end police violence. Recognized by Fortune Magazine as one of the World's Greatest Leaders in 2015, Mckesson is currently a Fellow at the University of Chicago and is an alum of Teach for America (TFA). He taught 6th grade math in New York City and previously worked as a top human resources administrator in the public schools in Baltimore and Minneapolis. A Baltimore native, Mckesson graduated from Bowdoin College in 2007.
NOTE: This is a first come first seated event. Registration is required. Please arrive early.