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OCT. 3-5, 2019

PEN 2019 Educating for Democracy:
Navigating the Current and Channeling the Future of Progressive Education
Minneapolis/St. Paul Minnesota

The national Progressive Education Network conference takes place in a different city every two years and is a diverse gathering of educators from around the country.

Thank you for joining us at #PEN2019TC…

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October 3-5, 2019
The University of Minnesota Campus
PEN 2019 registration rates

Individual registration:
Early bird (*through June 21*): $280
Regular rate (starting June 22): $350
Conference presenters: $250
College students: $75
Single day: $110

Group registration rates:
Teams of 5-9: $250 per person
Teams of 10-24: $200 per person
Teams of 25 or more: $165 per person
Thursday school site visits: $75
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Featured Speakers

Thursday Evening: Andrea Jenkins, Marika Pfefferkorn, Alan Page, Kamie Page

Friday Morning: Paul Gorski

Saturday Afternoon: Dr. Bettina Love

Andrea Jenkins

Andrea Jenkins is a writer, performance artist, poet, and transgender activist. She is the first African American openly trans woman to be elected to office in the United States. Jenkins has experience working in community development in North Minneapolis, and in delivering social services in South Minneapolis. Jenkins currently serves as the Minneapolis City Council Vice President.

Jenkins moved to Minnesota to attend the University of Minnesota in 1979 and was hired by the Hennepin County government, where she worked for a decade. Jenkins worked as a staff member on the Minneapolis City Council for 12 years before beginning work as curator of the Transgender Oral History Project at the University of Minnesota’s Jean-Nickolaus Tretter Collection in Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Studies.

Learn more about Andrea Jenkins here.

Marika Pfefferkorn

Marika Pfefferkorn

Co-founder Twin Cities Innovation Alliance (TCIA) & Executive Director, Midwest Center for School Transformation (MCST) Twin Cities, Minnesota.

As an interdisciplinary and cross-sector thought leader, Marika Pfefferkorn is a change agent working to transform systems and improve outcomes for youth and communities of color across education, technology, and economic growth and vitality. Ms. Pfefferkorn works through policy, research and practice to end school push out at federal, state and local levels. Most recently focusing on the Cradle to Prison Algorithm, an emerging technological trend in education and juvenile justice equating the next iteration and expansion of the school to prison pipeline. She combines the work of community organizing and advocacy to facilitate community-centered solutions that reflect the interests of youth, families, and communities of color and marginalized communities.

Paul Gorski

Paul Gorski

Paul is the founder of the Equity Literacy Institute and
EdChange. He has 20 years of experience helping educators strengthen their equity efforts in classrooms, schools, and districts. He has worked with educators in 48 states and a dozen countries. Paul has published more than 70 articles and has written, co-written, or co-edited twelve books on various aspects of educational equity including Reaching and Teaching Students in Poverty: Strategies for Erasing the Opportunity Gap and Case Studies on Diversity and Social Justice Education(with Seema Pothini). He is the author of the Multicultural Pavilion, an online compendium of free resources for educators. Paul earned a PhD in Educational Evaluation at the University of Virginia. He was a teacher educator at several universities for 15 years. He is also a published poet, a black belt in Tae Kwon Do, and the biggest fan of Buster, his cat. 
Dr. Bettina Love

Dr. Bettina Love

Dr. Bettina L. Love is an award-winning author and Associate Professor of Educational Theory & Practice at the University of Georgia.  She is one of the field’s most esteemed educational researchers. 

For her work in the field, in 2016, Dr. Love was named the Nasir Jones Hiphop Fellow at the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University. She is also the creator of the Hip Hop civics curriculum GET FREE. In April of 2017, Dr. Love participated in a one-on-one public lecture with bell hooks focused on the liberatory education practices of Black and Brown children. In 2018, Georgia’s House of Representatives presented Dr. Love with a resolution for her impact on the field of education.

 Dr. Love is a sought-after public speaker on a range of topics, including: antiblackness in schools, Hip Hop education, Black girlhood, queer youth, Hip Hop feminism, art-based education to foster youth civic engagement, and issues of diversity and inclusion. In 2014, she was invited to the White House Research Conference on Girls to discuss her work focused on the lives of Black girls. In addition, she is the inaugural recipient of the Michael F. Adams award (2014) from the University of Georgia. She has also provided commentary for various news outlets including NPR, The Guardian, and the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

 She is the author of the books We Want To Do More Than Survive: Abolitionist Teaching and the Pursuit of Educational Freedom and Hip Hop’s Li’l Sistas Speak: Negotiating Hip Hop Identities and Politics in the New South.

Justice Alan Page

Justice Alan Page

Justice Alan Page gained national recognition as a  defensive tackle in the NFL during 15 seasons with theMinnesota Vikings and the Chicago Bears, and then embarked on a legal career. Page earned a B.A in political science from the University of Notre Dame in 1967 and a J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School in 1978. He served as an associate justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court from 1993 until he reached the court’s mandatory retirement age of 70 in 2015. Page was the first defensive player to win the MVP Award and only Lawrence Taylor has done it since. He is a member of both the College Football Hall of Fame (1993) and the Pro Football Hall of Fame (1988), and is considered one of the greatest defensive linemen ever to play the game. Page has written several children’s books with his daughter Kamie.

Click here to read an article about Justice Page’s writing projects with his daughter, Kamie Page.

Kamie Page

Kamie Page

Author and educator Kamie Page has written several children’s books with her dad, Justice Alan Page.

Click here for information about The Invisible You, and Alan and His Perfectly Pointy Impossibly Perpendicular Pinky