Matthew Rodriguez (Opening Address with Q&A via Zoom - Monday)
"Hope and Healing Through Active Anti-Racism"
During our time with Matthew Rodriguez, we will unpack the value of educators developing racial literacy. We will illuminate the ways that racism is structural and how it manifests within some of our most common routines, decisions, and procedures in schools. Finally, we will explore the steps we can all take to eradicate racism from our minds, classrooms, schools, and school systems.
Matthew Rodriguez, M.Ed., is a teacher. In his nearly two decades of experience in education, he began as a janitor in a small alternative high school, transitioned to be a math tutor, then began teaching Math and Social Studies. He became a teacher leader, then an Assistant Principal, and ultimately was the Principal for 7 years in the same school in the Humbolt Park Community of Chicago. There he learned that education is, for many youth, the difference between life or death. The imperative nature of education, in this context, captured his imagination and frames how he continues to prepare leaders in schools today.