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5th Annual 2014 Sizemore Summer Conference - Keynote Speakers


Vanessa Siddle Walker, Ed.D., Harvard University. Professor of History of American Education and of Qualitative Research Methods. Research: Education in African American History, with a focus on segregated schooling in the south. Current Projects: Black Educators as Activists and Advocates during the Civil Rights Era. Professor Siddle Walker was the 2000 recipient of the prestigious Grawmeyer Award for Education. She is the author of Their Highest Potential: An African American School Community in the Segregated South and co-author of Facing Racism in Education. She has written numerous articles and book chapters, including a series of manuscripts on the segregated schooling of African American children in the South that have appeared in the Harvard Educational Review, Review of Education Research, and the American Educational Research Journal. She has received the Raymond Cattell Early Career Award, the Best New Female Scholar Award from the Research Focus on Black Education, and the Best New Book Award from the History Division, all from AERA. She is also a recipient of the Young Scholars Award from the Conference of Southern Graduate Schools and is former National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow. Her most recent book, Race-ing Moral Formation: African American Perspectives on Care and Justice (co-edited with John Snarey), received the 2006 Outstanding Book Award from the Moral Development and Education AERA SIG. Her newest book, Hello Professor: The Professional Development and School Leadership of a Black Principal in the Segregated South,1957-1968, is currently in press.

Dr. HowardDr. Tyrone Howard -Tyrone Howard is a professor at UCLA in the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies' Urban Schooling division. He is the Director of Center X, which is a consortium of school professionals dedicated to improving urban schools and communities. Howard is also the founder and Director of the UCLA Black Male Institute, which is an entity concerned with improving educational outcomes and life chances for Black males. Howard's research is primarily concerned with academic achievement of youth in urban schools. His work has centered on the achievement gap facing African American and other culturally diverse students, and the importance of providing teachers the skills and knowledge to assist them in reversing persistent underachievement.

Howard has also done research and writing on the influence of culture on learning, critical race theory and urban education. His research has been published in a number of high-profile journals such as Teachers College Record, The Journal of Higher Education, Urban Education, The Journal of Teacher Education and The Journal of Negro Education. He was recently recognized by the American Educational Research Association with an Early Career Contribution Award for his research and scholarship on the social context of education.

In 2007, he received the Graduate School of Education & Information Studies Distinguished Teaching Award. Howard has been a contributor on National Public Radio, and is an educational expert for The New York Times. Howard's bestselling book, Why Race and Culture Matters: Closing the Achievement Gap in America's Classroom's was published by Teachers College Press in 2010.

Howard received a B.A. from the University of California, Irvine, an M.A. in Education from California State University Dominguez Hills and a Ph.D. from the University of Washington.

Dr. DelpitDr. Lisa Delpit - Dr. Delpit has won accolades for her work on teaching and learning in urban schools and in diverse cultural settings. She has studied education in both Alaska and New Guinea, published several books, and is a sought-after speaker. Delpit's placement as one of the foremost educators and writers on the subject of culturally-relevant approaches to educating students of color began with a series of eloquent, plain-spoken essays in the Harvard Educational Review. These essays questioned the validity of some popular teaching strategies for African-American students and were eventually spun off into a book titled, Other People's Children: Cultural Conflict in the Classroom. The book, published in 1995 has been cited for the ongoing debate surrounding what she describes as "finding ways and means to best educate urban students, particularly African-American, and other students of color".