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Meet the Experts at EC2020 Book Signings

There is nothing more exciting than attending a book signing and meeting an author whose work inspires, challenges, or enlightens you. Join EC2020 and Barnes and Noble to meet notable authors and get your book signed!  




Hamish Brewer

The author of Relentless grew up in a home disrupted by poverty, addiction, and family dysfunction. He understands the feelings of fear, loss, and desperation that overwhelm too many children today—because that was his life. That experience is what drives him to work relentlessly to empower people living in the toughest areas to envision and create a better future for themselves. 

Disrupt the norm. That is the challenge Hamish, a Nationally Distinguished Principal, calls educators, students, families, and communities to accept. As he authentically shares his life experiences and adventures in this book, you, too, will be inspired to . . . 

    • Believe that something bigger and better is possible 
    • Pursue your best, whatever it takes 
    • Transform your school 
    • Become the educator you always dreamed of being 
    • Leave a legacy that pushes others to achieve their best

Relentless is more than a motto. It’s a mission of total passion and purpose, and it’s the only way to win at work and at life.


Dr. Patricia Gandara

Author of The Latino Education Crisis, Patricia Gándara received her Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles. She has been a bilingual school psychologist, a social scientist with the RAND Corporation, director of education research in the California Legislature, and since 1990 a professor of education in the University of California system. She has also served as Commissioner for Post-Secondary Education for the State of California. For nine years, she was associate director of the Linguistic Minority Research Institute and is currently co-director of the Civil Rights Project/Proyecto Derechos Civiles at UCLA.

Donald Grant

Dr. Donald Grant

Author of Black Men, Intergenerational Colonialism, and Behavioral Health: A Noose Across Nations (college text book)  began his career as a middle school science teacher in Baltimore, MD, Dr. Donald E. Grant Jr., PsyD began his career as a middle school science teacher in Baltimore, MD, after graduating from Hampton University with a Bachelor's degree in Biology. Having grown up in an under-resourced Buffalo, NY, community, he knew very quickly that the kids he was teaching needed more than he had to offer at the time. This prompted Dr. Grant's doctoral studies in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis on Multi-Cultural Community Psychology and a move to Los Angeles, CA, in 2003. His doctoral studies deepened his awareness of systems and their implications, laying the foundation for his research. 

Along with his broad work in media, coaching and wellness, Dr. Grant serves as Executive Director of the Center for Community and Social Impact at Pacific Oaks College in Pasadena, CA. In addition to his prior higher education roles as a clinical training director, core faculty member and academic dean, he has a long history of direct mental health service delivery and administrative oversight for foster care systems and child welfare programs with Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health where he served as a clinical psychologist. 

Dr. Grant works diligently to increase awareness on mental wellness issues, parenting, child development and socio-cultural events that impact citizens of our country and our world as an author; an equity, diversity and inclusion trainer and practitioner; an NBC mental health and parenting expert; and a film and documentary consultant through his boutique training and consultation firm, Mindful Training Solutions, LLC. 

Joseph Johnson

Dr. Joseph Johnson

Discover the teaching practices that make the biggest difference in student performance in Teaching Practices from America’s Best Urban Schools. The new edition of this practical, research-based book co-authored by Johnson gives leaders and teachers an even closer look at instructional practices from top award-winning urban schools. With refreshed examples from high-performing teachers and detailed analyses of these practices, the authors demystify the achievement of these schools while offering a practical guide to help educators apply these practices in their contexts.Teaching Practices from America's Best Urban Schools is a valuable tool for any educator in both urban and non-urban schools that serve diverse student populations, including English language learners and children from low-income families.


Dr. Delores Lindsey

If we are to guarantee equitable access and improved academic outcomes for our historically underserved students, then we must first confront the deeply rooted biases and practices that for far too long have limited them. Dr. Lindsey’s Cultural Proficiency: A Manual for School Leaders has already benefited tens of thousands of school leaders--and the students, teachers, and communities they serve.  

Cultural Proficiency helps us all establish a mindset and worldview for effectively describing and responding to inequities. Its inside-outside approach to leadership is grounded in the assumption that honest introspection is a requirement to leading equity-driven change. With updated content, new case studies, expanded vignettes, new activities and study guides, and an updated matrix, the book’s fourth edition is more urgently needed than ever.

What leaders love most is the way Cultural Proficiency lays the groundwork for powerful organizational growth with resources to: 

    • Engage colleagues in collaborative dialogue about creating powerful teaching and learning environments
    • Recognize and respond to both individual and group differences to break down barriers
    • Use the Cultural Proficiency Continuum to assess the limitations of school practices and identify opportunities to shift the culture

Take this first step on the cultural proficiency journey and soon enough you, too, can create equitable educational opportunities and more inclusive environments in which differences are embraced.


Dr. Mica Pollock

Dr. Mica Pollock, an anthropologist, is professor of Education Studies and Director of the Center for Research on Educational Equity, Assessment, and Teaching Excellence (CREATE) at the University of California, San Diego.

Her newest book is Schooltalk: Rethinking What We Say About—and to—Students Every Day (The New Press). Pollock’s work explores educators’ role in daily efforts for antiracism and equality, pinpointing the important part language plays in educators’ work. Through projects in schools, districts, cities, universities, community organizations, and the government, Pollock has explored how people in diverse education communities talk as they try to collaborate in student support. Pollock’s work always asks how diverse education communities can come together to support equity – to develop the full human talents of every young person and all groups of young people, every day.


Tim Wise

Tim Wise has penned provocative works to teach and inspire Americans to reflect and take action against inequality. Employing the form of direct personal address, he argues in White Like Me and Dear White America that the hope for survival of American democracy lies in the embrace of our multicultural past, present, and future.


Leslie Youngblood

Leslie Youngblood, is the author of Love Like Sky, published last year by Disney-Hyperion. A former assistant professor of creative writing at Lincoln University, Youngblood has lectured at Mississippi State University, UNC-Greensboro, and the University of Ghana at Legon. She began her undergraduate degree at Morris Brown College and completed her bachelor's at Georgia State University. After graduation, she served as a columnist and assistant editor for Atlanta Tribune: The Magazine. Youngblood has been awarded a host of writing honors including a 2014 Yaddo's Elizabeth Ames Residency, the Lorian Hemingway Short Story Prize, a Hurston Wright Fellowship, and the Room of Her Own Foundation’s 2009 Orlando Short Story Prize. She received funding to attend the Norman Mailer Writers’ Colony in 2011. Her short story, “Poor Girls’ Palace,” was published in the winter 2009 edition of the Indiana Review, as well as Kwelijournal, 2014.