Dr. Gloria Ladson-Billings
Dr. Gloria Ladson-Billings is the former Kellner Family Distinguished Professor of Urban Education in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction and faculty affiliate in the Department of Educational Policy Studies at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Dr. Ladson-Billings’ research examines the pedagogical practices of teachers who are successful with African American students; she also investigates Critical Race Theory. She is the author of critically acclaimed books, including The Dreamkeepers: Successful Teachers of African-American Children, a significant text in the field of education. She is the former president of the American Educational Research Association and editor of the American Educational Research Journal, in addition to several editorial boards. Dr. Ladson-Billings has won numerous scholarly awards for her research and contributions to the field of education.
Dr. Jonathan Plucker
Dr. Jonathan Plucker, the Julian C. Stanley Endowed Professor of Talent Development at John Hopkins University, works jointly in the Center for Talented Youth and School of Education. He is the current president of the National Association for Gifted Children. With over 300 published articles, chapters, and reports, Dr. Plucker has been ranked one of the most influential academics working in education for his research examining education policy and talent development. Recently, co-authored with Dr. Scott Peters, Excellence Gaps in Education was published; adding to his work defining and studying achievement gaps as part of a larger effort to reorient policymakers’ and educators’ thinking about how best to promote success and high achievement for all children.
Dr. Plucker is fellow of the American Psychological Association, Association for Psychological Science, American Educational Research Association, and named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and a recipient of many honorable awards and achievements.
A dynamic Executive Coach, Professor, 3x Best Selling Author, Radio Host, Alonzo Kelly has gained international and global attention as a premier consultant and strategist. Alonzo is recognized as one of the nation’s leading experts on leadership development, strategic thinking, planning, and acting with results in individual and or organizational goal achievement. He currently serves on the State Board of Directors for the ACLU – American Civil Liberties Union, National Board of Directors for SENG – Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted, and the Fire and Police Commission for the City of Howard.