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Journeys to Success: Equity and Access for All Students

Boston, MA – April 5-7, 2017

We were thrilled to welcome the following keynote speakers to NPEA’s 9th annual conference on April 5-7, 2017 in Boston, MA.

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Pictured (left to right): Stella Flores, Chris Emdin (photo credit: Charles Davis), and Paul Tough


Christopher Emdin
, Associate Professor, Department of Mathematics, Science, and Technology, Teachers College, Columbia University; and New York Times Bestselling AuthorFor White Folks Who Teach In The Hood and the Rest of Y’all Too: Reality Pedagogy and Urban Education (2016).

Christopher Emdin is an associate professor in the Department of Mathematics, Science and  emdinbookTechnology at Teachers College, Columbia University. He was recently honored as a STEM Access Champion of Change by the White House and currently serves as a Minorities in Energy Ambassador for the U.S. Department of Energy. Dr. Emdin is the creator of the #HipHopEd social media movement, Science Genius B.A.T.T.L.E.S., the Christopher Emdin YouTube Channel, and author of the award-winning book Urban Science Education for the Hip-Hop Generation and New York Times Best Seller, For White Folks Who Teach In The Hood…and the Rest of Y’all Too: Reality Pedagogy and Urban Education (2016). He has written on issues of race, culture, inequity, and education for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post among others. Learn more about Christopher Emdin.


Stella Flores
Associate Professor of Higher Education and Director of Access and Equity, Steinhardt Institute for Higher Education Policy, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, New York University.

Dr. Stella M. Flores is an Associate Professor of Higher Education at the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. She is also Director of Access and Equity at the Steinhardt Institute for Higher Education Policy at NYU. Dr. Flores holds an EdD in administration, planning, and social policy from Harvard University, an EdM from Harvard University, an MPAff from The University of Texas at Austin, and a BA from Rice University. In her research, she employs large-scale databases and quantitative methods to investigate the effects of state and federal policies on college access and completion rates for low-income and underrepresented populations. Dr. Flores has written about Minority Serving Institutions, immigrant students, English Language Learners, the role of alternative admissions plans and financial aid programs in college admissions in the U.S and abroad, demographic changes in U.S. education, and Latino students and community colleges. Learn more about Stella Flores.


Paul Tough
New York Times Bestselling Author, Helping Children Succeed: What Works and Why (2016) and How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character (2012).

A contributing writer to the New York Times Magazine, Paul Tough is also the author of Whatever It ptough_bookTakes: Geoffrey Canada’s Quest to Change Harlem and America (2008), which focuses on the steps necessary to improve the lives and education of underserved children. Through the case study of the Harlem Children’s Zone, Tough describes the inspiring struggle to establish a way to combat poverty that could be replicated nationwide. Tough has also contributed to This American Life and The New Yorker, where he has honed his focus upon education, poverty, parenting, and politics. The film rights for his New York Times Magazine cover story “A Speck in the Sea,” about the rescue of fisherman John Aldridge, have been acquired by Harvey Weinstein for production by The Weinstein Company. Mr. Tough recently released his new book, Helping Children Succeed: What Works and Why (2016), which builds on his previous work, How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character (2012). Learn more about Paul Tough.

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