Conference Keynote Speakers

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Thursday Keynote: Scarlett Lewis

Founder of The Jesse Lewis Choose Love Foundation and author of Nurturing Healing Love, Scarlett’s story is one of love and survival. It’s about how to face the impossible, find courage when you think you have none, and how to choose love instead of anger, fear, or hatred. Inspired by a simple message her son wrote on their kitchen chalkboard the day he died, Scarlett has embarked on a journey of forgiveness and a mission to change thoughts of anger into love.

Her book “Nurturing Healing Love” chronicles her journey of choosing love and how it is changing her life – and how it could change our world. Scarlett is the recipient of the International Forgiveness Award, the Live Your Legacy Award and the Common Ground Award for her advocacy work for peace and forgiveness. The foundation was created in honor of Jesse and has created programs to promote social and emotional education, share the importance of compassion in action, and how to carry the message to our children and out into our communities.

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Friday Keynote Speaker: Zaretta Hammond

Ms. Hammond is a national education consultant and author of Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain: Promoting Authentic Engagement and Rigor for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students. She is a former English teacher and has been consulting and providing professional development around equity, literacy, and culturally responsive teaching for the past 21 years.

She provides instructional support for teachers and instructional coaches in a variety of organizations such as the Sonoma County Office of Education, San Francisco Unified School District, Austin Independent School District’s Office of Social-Emotional Development, and Center for Reaching and Teaching the Whole Child (CRTWC).