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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.
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 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.
Dr. Delores Lindsey is an author and retired CSU San Marcos professor who helps educational leaders examine their policies and practices, individual beliefs, and values about cross-cultural communication.
Dr. Kizzy Lopez is an assistant professor of Social Work at Fresno Pacific University whose research examines practices and policies and the impact on outcomes for college-going foster youth and students of color. Her passion and commitment to serve this population through her research and practice stems from her own experiences with the foster care system as a child and experiences with homelessness while in college.
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.
Dr. Joseph Johnson is the founding executive director of the National Center for Urban School Transformation (NCUST) at San Diego State University (SDSU). NCUST identifies, studies, and promotes the best practices of high-performing urban schools and districts throughout the nation. Specifically, NCUST identifies urban schools that achieve outstanding academic results for every demographic group of students they serve. They award and study those schools and then help other schools pursue similar results. While serving at NCUST, Dr. Johnson served as a professor of Educational Leadership at SDSU, then as the dean of the College of Education, and finally as the university’s provost and senior vice president. In July 2019, he retired from university administration to focus exclusively on NCUST.