NCTE Virtual Leadership and Advocacy Summit - NCTE

2021 NCTE Virtual Leadership and Advocacy Summit. Monday, April 19, 2021. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. ET. Keynote Speaker: Frederick Joseph, Author of The Black Friend: On Being a Better White Person. Free for NCTE members. $100 for nonmembers.

NCTE’s Annual Leadership and Advocacy Summit provides an opportunity to learn with prominent thought leaders about pressing issues in literacy education. Participants gain leadership insights, elevate their understanding of advocacy, and connect meaningfully with advocates of all kinds.

The 2021 Virtual Leadership and Advocacy Summit will be held on Monday, April 19, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. ET. The keynote speaker will be Frederick Joseph, author of The Black Friend: On Being a Better White Person. The first 130 registrants will receive a complimentary copy of the book after attending the summit. Other confirmed speakers include authors of new policy briefs that will be issued on April 19 by NCTE and its Squire Office on Policy Research. Additional updates and details will be posted to this page leading up to the event.

As stated in its vision, NCTE is committed to “the power of language and literacy to actively pursue justice and equity for all students and the educators who serve them. . . . NCTE and its members will actively engage families, community members, administrators, colleagues, and other stakeholders and contribute to and critique policy at the local, state, and national levels.”

We hope you will join us on April 19 for a day of thought leadership, learning sessions, and engaging conversation.

Registration for this event is now closed.

Book cover for The Black Friend: On Being a Better White Person, by Frederick Joseph.

About the Keynote Presenter

Frederick Joseph is an award-winning marketing professional, activist, philanthropist, and author of The Black Friend (2020), with over 10 years of marketing experience. He appeared on the Forbes 30 Under 30 List for Marketing and Advertising.

He is also the sole creator of the largest GoFundMe campaign in history, the #BlackPantherChallenge, which ultimately generated over 43 million dollars in earned advertising and media for Disney, raised over $950K, and allowed more than 75,000 children worldwide to see Black Panther for free. He is also the creator of the largest individual COVID-19 support effort, the #RentRelief campaign, which has raised over one million dollars.

Joseph has been honored with the 2018 Comic-Con Humanitarian of the Year award and is a member of the 2018 Root 100 list of Most Influential African Americans.

He was also a national surrogate for the Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders campaigns.

Joseph consistently writes about marketing, culture, and politics for the Huffington PostUSA TodayNowThisNewsThe Independent, and AdWeek, among others.

Event Agenda

Keynote Presentation

Frederick Joseph

Author of The Black Friend

Introduction to the NCTE James R. Squire Office on Policy Research

Ernest Morrell

Coyle Professor in Literacy Education, Professor of English, and Professor of Africana Studies, University of Notre Dame

Director, James R. Squire Office for Policy Research in the English Language Arts

Director, Notre Dame Center for Literacy Education

Policy Brief Session 1: Racial Literacy


Yolanda Sealey-Ruiz, Teachers College, Columbia University


Val Brown, Principal Academic Officer, Center for Antiracist Education, Stand for Children

Civic Literacy Chat

Kimberly Eckert, Director, Educator Development, Louisiana Department of Education

Emma Humphries, Chief Education Officer, iCivics

Policy Brief Session 2: Understanding Translanguaging in the US Literacy Classrooms: Reframing Bi-/Multilingualism as the Norm

Cati de los Ríos, UC Berkeley

Kate Seltzer, Rowan University

Policy Brief Session 3: Critical Media Literacy


Antero Garcia, Stanford University

Jamila Lyiscott, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Nicole Mirra, Rutgers University


Renee Hobbs, Director, Media Education Lab

Donnell Probst, Associate Director, National Association for Media Literacy Education (NAMLE)


Closing Session

Sarah Z. Johnson, NCTE Policy Subcommittee Chair



This event is free for NCTE members and $100 for nonmembers.

Registrants will receive email confirmations with Zoom access information prior to the event.