Keynote speakers will share stories of personal advocacy that will inspire you to take positive action to ensure bright futures for every child.

Nikole Hannah-Jones covers racial injustice for The New York Times Magazine, where her deeply personal reports on the black experience in America offer a compelling case for greater equity. She was named a 2017 MacArthur Genius Grant Fellow for “reshaping national conversations around education reform” and for her reporting on racial re-segregation in our schools. Hannah-Jones also co-founded the Ida B. Wells Society for Investigative Reporting with the goal to increase the number of reporters and editors of color.

Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha is the author of What the Eyes Don’t See: A Story of Crisis, Resistance, and Hope in an American City, a powerful first-hand account of the Flint Water Crisis and a riveting narrative of personal advocacy. Dr. Hanna-Attisha directs the Michigan State University and Hurley Children’s Hospital Pediatric Public Health Initiative, an innovative program created to research the impact of the Flint Water Crisis and help all Flint children grow up healthy and strong.

Dr. Ellen Frede is Senior Co-Director at the National Institute for Early Education Research at Rutgers University and Research Professor at the Graduate School of Education. In her work, Dr. Frede applies what she has learned throughout her varied career in early childhood education, including experience as a teacher of ages 0–8 and a curriculum and professional development specialist at HighScope. She previously served as NIEER co-director from 2005–2011. Dr. Frede has edited and written a wide range of books and chapters for research and practice, as well as peer-reviewed journal articles. She holds a doctorate in developmental psychology, a master’s degree in human development and a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education.




May 13 – 15, 2020