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USN Conference History

Below is the list of keynote speakers for Urban Sites Conferences since 2000.  The rich diversity of speakers identifies the unique needs of educators in urban settings.

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YearLocationKeynote Details
2012 Tulsa, OK Julie Landsman taught in the Minneapolis Public Schools for 25 years and has also taught education and creative writing at Carleton College, Hamline University, St. Thomas University, Metropolitan State University and the Loft Literary Center. Her newest book, Growing Up White: A Veteran Teacher Reflects on Racism, has just been released by Rowman and Littlefield, which also publishes her books, Basic Needs: A Year With Street Kids in a City School and A White Teacher Talks About Race, memoirs and reflections on teaching in urban schools. Landsman co-edited, with Professor Chance Lewis of Texas A&M University, White Teachers/Diverse Classrooms. 
2011 Boston, MA • Nurturing Student Writers: Navigating Urban Literacies • Ernest Morrell, who is particularly interested in the potential connections between the ways that urban students learn and use literacy via their participation in popular culture and the ways that they might learn and utilize language and literacies of power (academic literacies, civic literacies, critical literacies, and technological literacies) in school and society 
2010 Portland, OR • Writing Across the Margins: Illuminating Urban Voices • Patricia Smith, Slam Performance Poet, Poetry Teacher 
2009 Louisville, KY • Writing & Resiliency: Tapping the Potential of Urban Students • Bonnie Benard, Resiliency Researcher & Author 
2008 Denver, CO • Reading and Writing for Understanding and Social Change in the Urban Classroom • Richard Sterling, Executive Director, National Writing Project 
2007 Washington, DC • Improving Writing in Urban Schools: A National Agenda • Dr. Gloria Ladson-Billings, examines the pedagogical practices of teachers who are successful with African American students 
2006 San Diego, CA • Writing Across Borders • Linda Christensen, Author of Reading, Writing, and Rising Up 
2005 St. Louis, MO • Building an Arch for Tomorrow • Dr. Belinda Williams, Author of Closing the Achievement Gap: A Vision for Changing Beliefs and Practices 
2004 Philadelphia, PA • Urban Literacy and the Challenge of Reform • Rochelle Nichols Solomon 
2003 Santa Barbara, CA • Between the Mountains and the Sea: Literacy and Justice for All? • Dr. Carole Edelsky spoke on "Theory, Politics, Hope, and Action" 
2002 Savannah, GA • Bridges: Connecting Lives Through Literacy • Welcome from Congressman Jack Kingston (R-GA), reflecting on influences of teachers and family on his own educational experiences 
2001 Las Vegas, NV • Uncovering Our Voices: Embracing the Challenges of Urban Education • Panel discussion featuring Ruth Devlin, Faye Duncan-Daniel, Arthur Kelly, and Marcus Mason, teacher-consultants with the SNWP, with each panelist describing the way his or her classroom embraces the challenge to uncover students' voices and then offered thoughts on what makes for a successful attitude for teaching in our schools 
2000 Chicago, IL • Race, Culture, and Equity 
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