Keynote: Overcoming the Barriers to Success: One Person Can Make a Difference
In keeping with the 2018 National Title I Conference theme (Liberty to Learn) and focusing on overcoming barriers that so many of our disadvantaged children face (poverty, violence, neglect, and low expectations), Salome Thomas-EL will underscore the importance of even one person in that child’s life. Each and every child deserves the opportunity to achieve to their greatest potential and one person can make it happen.
“Every child needs someone to be crazy about them.” These are the words of Salome Thomas-EL, award-winning teacher and principal, and nationally recognized educator. They shape his life-long commitment to answering the question, “How do we ensure that every child achieves their greatest potential?” This question lies at the heart of the national dialogue on education policy, the day in and day out work of school personnel, and the hopes of every parent. Central to this challenge is how we succeed with children who are facing the most serious barriers to success: poverty, violence, neglect, and low expectations. For over 20 years, Principal EL has taken on this challenge with the absolute belief that every child can and will learn as long as adults in their world care enough to not give up.