Upcoming Presentations

"If That Makes Me Radical, So Be It": Examining the Critical and Digital Practices of Black Girls in Predominantly White Schools, National Council of Teachers of English, NCTE Annual Convention, Houston, TX, November 2018. ​​


"Twitter Changed My Life": A Case Study on How Black Girls in High School Develop Critical and Media Literacy Practices for Survival and Resistance, Literacy Research Association, LRA Annual Conference, Indian Wells, CA November 2018.

Selected Past Presentations

Workshops

  • "Unbroken: Transforming Pedagogy Through Critical Hip Hop Literacies," NYC Special Education Collaborative, New York, NY, October 2018. 


  • "#decoded: Developing Critical Hip Hop Literacies as Transformative Pedagogy," the State of Delaware’s Division of Prevention and Behavioral Health Services Building Bridges Conference, Dover, DE, April 2018.


  • “What Are the Stories That Hip Hop Tells?" GRAMMY Museum's Jane Ortner Education Award Professional Development Workshop for Teachers, Prudential Center, Newark, NJ, January 2018.


  • “'Who freed me? Lincoln or Cadillac?': Developing Critical Hip Hop Literacies in the Secondary Classroom,” Fieldwork Workshop Series, Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, NY, January 2017.


  • “Holler If Ya Hear Me: Fostering Empathy and Support Through Critical Listening,” 4th Annual Teaching With a Purpose Conference, Portland, OR, October 2016.


  • “It Was Written: Developing Critical Media Awareness and Media Literacy Through Popular Texts,” Hip Hop in the Heartland Educator Symposium, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI, March 2016.


  • “Columbusing in the 21st Century: Using Media Texts to Foster Dialogue about Cultural Awareness and Cultural Appropriation," Urban Word NYC Preemptive Education Conference, New York University, New York, NY, September 2015.


  • “'I Am Not Jasmine, I Am Aladdin': Unpacking Power and Sexuality in Popular Texts" and "Dear Hip Hop: Open Letter Poetry as Social Action," Hip Hop in the Heartland 10th Annual Educator and Community Leader Institute, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI, July 2015.


  • "#Selfie: Teaching Social Responsibility in the Media Age," Urban Word NYC Preemptive Education Conference, New York University, New York, NY, September 2014.


  • “Blurred Lines: Unpacking Gender Representation in Popular Media,” Teaching With a Purpose Conference, Portland State University, Portland, OR, October 2013.


  • “Critical Literacy, Common Core, and the Cost of Wealth in Hip-hop Culture,” Urban Word NYC Preemptive Education Conference, New York University, New York, NY, September 2013.

Invited Talks

  • “Developing Transformative Pedagogy Through Critical Hip Hop Literacies,” Shanxi Normal University Education Conference, Shanxi Province, China, June 2018. 


  • "Decolonizing Teacher Education: Learning from YPAR & Critical Literacies," Center for Innovation in Teacher Education and Development (CITED), Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, NY, April 2018.


  • "Embodied Hip Hop Storytelling," Mount Vernon Elementary School Music Assembly, Irvington, NJ, June 2018.


  • “Working with Critical Hip Hop Pedagogies," Hip Hop Pedagogy Conference, LaGuardia Community College, Queens, NY, October 2017.


  • “Bridging the Gap: Hip Hop Literacy as Transformative Pedagogy in the Secondary Classroom," Teaching With Purpose Hip Hop Education Summit, Portland, OR, June 2017.


  • “Transformative Learning and Assessment Through Critical Hip Hop Literacy,” GRAMMY Museum Teacher Webinar Series, Los Angeles, CA, October 2016.


  • “We Gon’ Be Alright.” Keynote Speaker at Urban Word NYC 19th Annual Preemptive Education Conference, New York University, New York, NY, September 2016.


  • “Exploring Critical Hip Hop Literacies in English Education,” Institute for Urban and Minority Education (IUME) Colloquium Series, Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, NY, April 2014.

Conference Presentations

  • "Seeking Change Through Alternative Forms of Resistance," Literacy Research Association, LRA Annual Conference, Tampa, FL, November 2017.


  • "'Wait, Are You Studying Wokeness?' Developing Critical Consciousness and Literacies of Empowerment in the Secondary Classroom," National Council of Teachers of English, NCTE Annual Convention, St. Louis, MO, November 2017. ​​


  • “Gone ’Til November: Analyzing the Criminal Justice System Through Critical Hip Hop Literacy," Hiphop Literacies Conference, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York, New York, NY, March 2017.


  • "Cultivating Literacies of Empowerment in Urban Charter High Schools." National Council of Teachers of English Assembly for Research (NCTEAR) Midwinter Conference, San Francisco, CA, February 2017.


  • "You Ain’t Gotta Lie to Kick it: Exploring Teacher Identity in Hip-hop Education,” American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C., April 2016.


  • "Pathways to Critical Pedagogy: Engaging Literacy through Hip-Hop & Social Justice Education," National Council of Teachers of English, NCTE Annual Convention, Minneapolis, MN, November 2015.


  • "Hip-Hop Pedagogy and Racial Battle Fatigue: The Untold Stories of Critical Educators," American Educational Research Association, AERA Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL, April 2015.


  • "Room of/for Failures: Critical Pedagogy's Unglamorous Stories," National Council of Teachers of English, NCTE Annual Convention, Washington, DC.  Saturday, November 2014.


  • “Broken Glass Everywhere: Deconstructing Popular Media Through Critical Literacy,” National Council of Teachers of English, NCTE Annual Convention, Boston, MA, November 2013.