Presentations

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“Indigenous Identity: Reflections on Community and Contribution Through Story,” Invited Presentation in conjunction with Ohio State University’s American Indian Studies Program, Columbus, OH (April 13, 2015).

“Constructing and Complicating Youth Identities: Navigating Language Interactions Within and About a Native American Classroom,” Panel Presentation at the American Educational Research Association Conference, Philadelphia, PA (April 5, 2015).

“Internal and Environmental Safety Zones: Applying the Safety Zone Theory to Identity, Motivation, and Engagement in a Native American Literature Classroom,” Panel Presentation at the American Educational Research Association Conference, Philadelphia, PA (April 5, 2014).

“Who Are We?” Spoken Word presentation at the Gates Millennium Scholars Alumni Conference, Washington, D.C. (April 12, 2014).

“Story-ing the Contradiction: The Emergence of an Ethnic Studies Course During an Ethnic Studies Ban,” Roundtable Presentation at the Literacy Research Association Conference, Dallas, TX (Dec. 5, 2013).

“Genuine Learning: Identity Construction through Voice and Listening,” Panel Presenter at the National Council of Teachers of English Conference, Boston, MA (Nov. 23, 2013).

“Silence as Weapons and Shields: Power, Resistance, and Transformative Praxis among Native American Students in the Urban Southwest,” Panel Presenter at the National Council of Teachers of English Conference, Boston, MA (Nov. 22, 2013).

“Critical Listening and Story-ing: Fostering Respect for Difference in a Native American Literature Classroom,” Presenter at the Conference of Ford Fellows, Washington, D.C. (Sept. 28, 2013).

“’The bank says I’m poor, but I’m feeling rich’: Toward critical meta-awareness with research communities,” Symposium Presenter at the American Educational Research Association Conference, San Francisco, CA (April 29, 2013).

“Connecting Lived Experiences and Literacies with Urban High Schools: Lessons for Pedagogy,” Chair and presenter at the National Council of Teachers of English Conference, Las Vegas, NV (Nov. 16, 2012).

“Humanizing Research: Decolonizing Language and Literacy Research with Youth and Communities,” Co-presenter with Dr. Valerie Kinloch at the National Council of Teachers of English Conference, Las Vegas, NV (Nov. 17, 2012).

“We need to see both sides of the story”: Using counter-stories to validate Native American perspectives in education. Presenter at the Conference of Ford Fellows, Irvine, CA (Sept 21, 2012).

“Six Lessons I’ve Learned as a Gates Millennium Scholar,” Keynote speaker at the 2012 Annual Gates Millennium Scholars Reception, Tempe, AZ (Sept. 5, 2012).

“’Expanding Indian Education throughout America’: Implementing and Understanding the Inclusion of Indigenous Rhetoric in Classroom Spaces,” Presenter at the American Indian Teacher Education Conference, Flagstaff, AZ (July 13, 2012).

“Humanizing Research: Decolonizing Research with Youth and Communities,” Symposium Presenter at the American Educational Research Association Conference, Vancouver, BC, Canada (April 17, 2012).

“Multiple Literacies, Multiple Contexts: Leveraging Urban Students’ Literacies in Schools and Beyond,” Symposium Presenter at the American Educational Research Association Conference, Vancouver, BC, Canada (April 13, 2012).

“’I Shouldn’t Have to be Afraid of Who I Really Am’: Impacts of a Native American Literature Classroom,” Presenter at the Arizona Anthropology and Exchange Conference (ANEX), Tempe, AZ (March 3, 2012).

“Understanding Youth Cultures, Stories, and Resistances in the Urban Southwest: Implications and Innovations of a Native American Literature Classroom,” Presenter at the Cultivating New Voices among Scholars of Color Spring Conference, Austin, TX (February 17, 2012).

“Content Area Reading Strategies: Reading for All Areas,” Teacher Trainer, Chinle School District, Navajo Nation, AZ (February 11, 2012).

“Reading and Writing for Change: How Literacies Can Bridge Past and Future Communities among Non-Dominant Student Populations,” Roundtable presenter at the National Council of Teachers of English Conference, Chicago, IL (Nov. 19, 2011).

“I used to think ________, but now I know ___________: The impact of young adult literature on young readers,” Respondent for a Panel Presentation at the National Council of Teachers of English Conference, Chicago, IL (Nov. 19, 2011).

“Reading, Writing, and Culture among Native American High School Students,” Poster presenter for Cultivating New Voices of Scholars of Color at the National Council of Teachers of English Conference, Chicago, IL (Nov. 18, 2011).

“Toward Humanizing Research Across Difference: Lessons From Studies of Multiethnic Schools and Youth Communities,” Symposium Presenter at the American Educational Research Association Conference, New Orleans, LA (May 1, 2011).

“Reading Strategies for the Classroom: Promoting Deep Understandings,” Teacher Trainer, Ganado School District, Navajo Nation, AZ (February 26, 2011).

“The Literate Lives of Youth in the Urban Southwest: Lessons for Pedagogy from Native American, African American, and Latino/Latina Students,” Panel Presenter at the National Council of Teachers of English Conference, Orlando, FL (November 21, 2010).

“How to Teach Young Adult Literature in Indigenous Communities: Connections between Native American Themes and African American Themes,” Co-Chair and Presenter at the National Council of Teachers of English Conference, Orlando, FL (November 20, 2010).

“Cultivating New Voices Poster Sessions: Research in Language, Literacy, and Culture with New and Emerging Scholars of Color,” Poster Presenter at the National Council of Teachers of English Conference, Orlando, FL (November 19, 2010).

“Being Culturally Responsive: Implications of a Native American Literature Classroom,” Presenter at the Arizona English Teachers Association Conference, Mesa, AZ (September 25, 2010).

“’We All Have Regrets for Becoming Something that is not our True Selves’: A Glimpse into a Native American Classroom Taught to Native American Students,” Presenter at Literacy Education and Teacher Training for Excellent Reservation Schools (Project LETTERS), University of Montana, Missoula, MT (August 13, 2010).

“How Gates Millennium Scholars Meet Day-to-Day Challenges of Improving Both Secondary and Post-Secondary Educational Opportunities for Minority Students from Low-Income Families,” Invited Scholar Address to the National Advisory Council of the United Negro College Fund’s Gates Millennium Scholars Program, Tempe, AZ (February 16, 2010).

“Celebrating the Success of Implementing the Native American Literature Course at Westwood High School,” Invited Research Presenter at the Mesa Public Schools Luncheon, Mesa, AZ (March 26, 2010).

“Indian Education for All Essential Understandings,” Presenter at the Arizona English Teachers Association, Mesa, AZ (October 16, 2009).

“Defining Yourself as a Gates Millennium Scholar,” Gates Alumni Panel Presenter with Shawn Secatero, Professor at University of New Mexico and President & Director or SEED (Source Educational Empowerment and Development) presented at the Gates Millennium Scholars Leadership Conference, Los Angeles, CA (November, 14, 2009).

“Male Scholars Forum,” Introduced keynote speaker, Mario Rivas, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology, Merritt College at the Gates Millennium Scholars Leadership Conference, Los Angeles, CA (November, 14, 2009).

“Empowering Yourself to Be a Confident Leader,” Presenter at the Gates Millennium Scholars Leadership Conference, Los Angeles, CA (November, 14, 2009).

“Alumni and Scholar Mentor Information Session Discussing Education,” Panel presenter at the Gates Millennium Scholars Leadership Conference, Los Angeles, CA (November, 14, 2009).

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