Keynote Speaker & Facilitator Bios

gloiraDr. Gloria Boutte
Carolina Distinguished Professor
University of South Carolina

Dr. Gloria Boutte is a Carolina Distinguished Professor at the University of South Carolina.  For more than three decades, Dr. Boutte’s scholarship, teaching, and service have focused on equity pedagogies and teaching for social justice. She has served as Department Chair and held a distinguished endowed chair.  Dr. Boutte is the author/editor of numerous publications and four books: (1) African Diaspora Literacy: The Heart of Transformation in K-12 Schools and Teacher Education (forthcoming) (2) Educating African American Students: And how are the children; (3) Multicultural Education:  Raising Consciousnessand (4) Resounding Voices: School Experiences of People From Diverse Ethnic Backgrounds. She has received nearly $2 million in grants and has more than 90 publications.  Additionally, she has presented nationally and internationally on equity, community, curriculum, instruction, and diversity issues.   She has received prestigious awards such as the Fulbright Scholar and Fulbright Specialist. Dr. Boutte is the founder of the Center of Excellence for the Education and Equity of African American Students (CEEEAAS).  She has presented her work internationally in Cameroon, Colombia, China, Sierra Leone, Ghana, England, Zambia, Botswana, South Africa, Australia, Guyana, Jamaica, Mexico, New Zealand, Nigeria, and Canada.

 

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Ace Parsi
Director of Innovation
National Center for Learning Disabilities

Ace Parsi is the Personalized Learning Partnership Manager at the National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) where he works to ensure students with disabilities fully benefit from initiatives aiming to personalize learning for all students. Prior to joining NCLD, Mr. Parsi served as the Deeper Learning Project Director at the National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) where he worked with state boards of education nationally on a variety of topics—including assessments, accountability, high school graduation requirements, educator capacity and other issues—related to ensuring students have the knowledge, skills, and dispositions essential for college, career, and civic success.  Prior to joining NASBE, Mr. Parsi held a number of policy, research, and school-based positions at the Alliance for Excellent Education, the National Service-Learning Partnership, Policy Analysis for California Education, and Fair Oaks Community School in Redwood City, California. Mr. Parsi and his family immigrated to the US when he was eight. His own experience as an English language learner and free and reduced price lunch student led him towards a passion for utilizing education as a driver for greater equity.   Mr. Parsi holds a Masters in Public Policy Degree from the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley.

 

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Director, Holmes Center 
Plymouth State University

Dr. Mary Earick is an Associate Research Professor at Plymouth State University.  Dr. Earick’s scholarship, teaching, and service have focused on activist pedagogies and critical studies of Whiteness to support culturally sustaining learners, leaders and activists. She currently directs Plymouth State University’s Holmes Center for School Partnership and Educator Preparation where she has developed a Problems of Practice Professional Development School model of teacher preparation.  Dr. Earick is the author of three books: (1) Multiage Competency-based Education: No Grades, No Grades (forthcoming) (2) Political Literacy: Reading and Writing for Social Justice in K-8 Classrooms (forthcoming) and (3) Racially Equitable Teaching: Beyond the Whiteness of Professional Development for Early Childhood Educators. She holds degrees in Early Childhood Education, Urban Elementary Education and a Ph.D. in Language Literacy and Socio-Cultural Studies.  Dr. Earick’s current research focuses on undergraduate retention in the geosciences (NSF), root causes of educational inequities (Nellie Mae) and the role of in-group messaging in student school success (PSU). Prior to becoming a professor, she was public-school teacher for 16 years where her teaching was featured in the documentary and book, Starting Small: Teaching Tolerance in the Early Years, produced by Teaching Tolerance, a project of the Southern Poverty Law Center. She has presented her work internationally in Hong Kong, Ireland, Mexico and Canada.

 

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Renise Washington
Special Education Teacher, Manchester HS
Manchester, CT

Renise Washington is a special education teacher at Manchester High School as well as the Multicultural Cultural Advisor. Having grown up without a mother and with a father in prison, she understands first-hand how important restorative justice/practices can be to a family dynamic.  Renise is a licensed trainer for the International Institute of Restorative Practices and currently acts as her districts Restorative Practices Coordinator and gives trainings throughout the district. She teaches staff in district how to have positive relationships with students by building healthy communities and by addressing problems using restorative practices rather than just punitive consequences.  She holds a M.A. in Special Education and a B.A. in Psychology. To add, Renise facilitates discussions regarding race and it’s impact in the school setting with staff in her district. Her passion for teaching and learning goes beyond the classroom and extends into the very communities in which her students live.

 

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Aaron Cinquemani
Principal, North Charlestown Community School
Charlestown, NH

Aaron Cinquemani is the principal of both North Charlestown Community School and Charlestown Middle School in Charlestown New Hampshire.  For ten years he has worked to support every educator and child in maximizing their potential. He is a school leader that is informed by current evidence based best practices. He concerns himself with improving instruction, which is improving the learning experience. He believes that all children can learn, grow and be contributing members of society. The focal points of his tenure have been: Competency Based Teaching, Learning & Reporting, SWIFT Tiered Systems of Support, Co-Teaching, Instructional Coaching, Developmental Designs, Professional Learning Communities, Place Based Education, and Response to Intervention (Really Terrific Instruction).  Aaron studied place based educational practices and their impact on highly impoverished village communities in Tamil Nadu, India. He was the recipient of multiple athletic/academic honors while at Colby-Sawyer College, and the recipient of the Richard Crosby Award for Excellence in British Literature and the James Duane Squires Award for Excellent & Outstanding Work of an Academic Nature. He is an alumni of Antioch University New England, New England College and Colby-Sawyer College.