Summit for Courageous Conversation Honors

October 19, 2008

Carlos Connell-Torres received the "Learning and Teaching Award" at The Summit for Courageous Conversations ‘08. The Learning and Teaching Award honored Connell-Torres for being a classroom teacher who demonstrates radically-innovative and culturally-relevant instruction that engages all students, and for promoting the highest achievement of underserved student-of-color populations. Connell-Torres is an English language learner (ELL) teacher at L.H. Tanglen Elementary School and the district's elementary ELL coordinator.

Summit Recognition Awards

In addition, Hopkins High School Principal Willie Jett and L.H. Tanglen Principal Gail Lewis-Miller received Recognition Awards for their "extraordinary passion, practice, and persistence for leading courageous conversations about race, and working to achieve racial justice and educational equity."

Presentations

Staff members from Hopkins High School presented three sessions at the Summit, including raising the academic achievement level of young black men, engaging parents of students of color, and developing culturally competent teaching strategies. More than 500 people attended the Summit.

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