2023 Annual NYSEC Conference Speakers

Lorena Germán

Lorena will be speaking on Thursday

Lorena Germán

Lorena Germán is a two time nationally awarded Dominican American educator focused on anti racist and anti bias education. She’s been featured in the New York Times, NPR, PBS, Rethinking Schools, EdWeek, Learning for Justice Magazine, and more. She published The Anti Racist Teacher: Reading Instruction Workbook, and Textured Teaching: A Framework for Culturally Sustaining Practices about curriculum & lesson development focused on social justice. She’s a co-founder of #DisruptTexts and Multicultural Classroom. Lorena is also the Chair of NCTE’s Committee Against Racism and Bias in the Teaching of English. She lives in Tampa, Florida where she is a mami and wife- two of her most important roles.

LaMar Timmons-Long

LaMar will be speaking on Thursday

LaMar Timmons Long

LaMar Timmons-Long is a vibrant educator who believes that every student deserves access to an equitable and transformative educational experience. He believes in the possibilities that education provides to young people. His main work centers around ethnic studies, Afrofuturism, anti-racist education, intersections between literacy, social justice, and language, as well as students experiencing disabilities.  He has served as the Scondary-Representative at Large for NCTE and is a current member of the Diversity Committee. LaMar is a round SUNY Buffalo State University alum and teaches high school English in his hometown of Brooklyn, NY. He is also an adjunct professor at Hunter College in the School of Education.

Jacqueline Woodson

Jacqueline will be speaking on Friday

Photo: Jireh Deng

Jacqueline Woodson received a 2023 Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, 2020 MacArthur Fellowship, the 2020 Hans Christian Andersen Award, the 2018 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, and the 2018 Children’s Literature Legacy Award, and was the 2018–2019 National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature. Her New York Times bestselling memoir, Brown Girl Dreaming, won the National Book Award, the Coretta Scott King Award, a Newbery Honor, and the NAACP Image Award. Her books for young readers include Coretta Scott King Award and NAACP Image Award winner Before the Ever AfterNew York Times bestsellers The Day You Begin and Harbor Me, Newbery Honor winners Feathers, Show Way, and After Tupac and D Foster, and Each Kindness, which won the Jane Addams Children’s Book Award. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her family.