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Hamish Brewer

Presenters: Hamish Brewer

Hamish Brewer, the relentless, tattooed, skateboarding principal in Northern Virginia isn't your normal principal. Hamish is high octane, constantly calling on his students to "Be Relentless! Mr. Brewer has become known as an educational disrupter who transcends the status quo and typical educational norms. Under his leadership — his elementary school was recognized as a Nationally Distinguished Title 1 School, and Hamish has since gone on to turn around one of the toughest middle schools in the state of Virginia.

Donald Grant

Presenters: Dr. Donald Grant

Dr. Donald Grant is a clinical psychologist who served as an administrator in the country's largest child welfare district after a career as a public middle school teacher. He is a published author and socio-cultural analyst connecting mental health and social justice. Dr. Grant currently straddles two roles as the executive director of Mindful Training Solutions and dean of the School of Human Development at Pacific Oaks College.

Tia Martinez

Presenters: Tia Martinez

Tia Martinez has more than 25 years of experience doing social change work in low-income communities and communities of color. She applies her experience in education reform, teacher effectiveness, and racial justice to dismantling the school-to-prison pipeline and transforming life chances for boys and men of color.

Tim Wise

Presenters: Tim Wise

Tim Wise is among the most prominent anti-racist writers and educators in the United States. Wise is the author of seven books, including his latest, Under the Affluence: Shaming the Poor, Praising the Rich and Sacrificing the Future of America. Other books include Dear White America: Letter to a New Minority and his highly acclaimed memoir, White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son.