Journey with this mother-son duo as they collaboratively highlight the benefits of culturally responsive student engagement as the primary ingredient in bringing equity to life for all students. Master Derrick will share his engaging classroom and home experiences as he advocates for all students to be exposed to equitable teaching strategies. Dr. Henry will illustrate the importance of building bridges between home and school as it is a central challenge to the 21st Century Title I school. Together, they shed light on how students in the most stress-engulfed environments benefit from administrators, teachers, and parents who embrace the six core principles of engagement: ENGAGE—Empower. Nuture. Grip. Attend. Guide. Enjoy.
Master Derrick Henry, Jr. is a 2nd-grade student at Holly Hill K-8 School where he is a student leader. His performance, as a 1st grader, at the Volusia County Institute for School Administrators entitled “Engage Us or Enrage Us,” went viral on social media. Master Derrick has given a multitude of presentations including “Teachers, Do You Believe In Me”; “Look at Us, Love Us and Lead Us”; “Boys Like Me Need Men Like You”; and “The Dangers of Drugs.” He presented "The ABC’s of Black History,” written by his mother, at the President’s Assembly at Bethune-Cookman to an enthralled audience of over 2,000 people. An avid reader, he has read over 500 books. He is currently enrolled in an online Spanish course and counts Math as his favorite subject.
Dr. Stephanie Pasley Henry, is the Dean of the College of Education at Bethune-Cookman University. A former fifth-grade teacher, Dr. Henry, enjoys preparing preservice teachers to become creative, cutting-edge instructional leaders. She shares her strategies that were used in the classroom at home with her children and with teachers and parents across the nation. She is recognized internationally for her riveting presentations highlighting engagement.