FEATURED HOSTS & GUEST
ANTERO GARCIA is an assistant professor in the graduate school of education at Stanford University, a former high school English teacher, and co-founder of SLAM, NCTE’s Assembly on Studies in Literacies and Multimedia. His research interests include how technology and gaming shape both youth and adult learning, literacy practices, and civic identities. Garcia has been widely published; his most recent books are Good Reception: Teens, Teachers, and Mobile Media in a Los Angeles High School, Doing Youth Participatory Action Research: Transforming Inquiry with Researchers, Educators, and Students (with Nicole Mirra and Ernest Morrell), and Pose, Wobble, Flow: A Culturally Proactive Approach to Literacy Instruction (with Cindy O’Donnell-Allen).
DETRA M. PRICE-DENNIS is an associate professor at Teachers College, Columbia University, and the author of articles for Language Arts, The Reading Teacher, Reading and Writing Quarterly, English Journal, and the Journal of Writing Teacher Education. Her research interests include sociopolitical and sociocultural aspects of literacy learning in early and middle childhood education, digital literacies, literacy teacher education, and critical perspectives on children’s and young adult literature.
VALENTE’ GIBSON is a fifth-grade teacher at Jackson Creek Elementary in Columbia, SC. Currently, in his role as a fifth-grade teacher, he focuses his research and teaching on racial and social justice education practices while working to promote equity in issues of race, gender, class, and sexuality. In his work, he has centered on the brilliance of Black students and their families as anti-racist pedagogy. He holds the position of Treasurer with the Early Childhood Education Assembly and was a participant of the PDCRT (Professional Dyads and Culturally Relevant Teaching) Cohort. He received the 2019 Social Justice Award through the Early Childhood Education Assembly.
Gibson is also a teacher for the Center for the Education and Equity of African American Students (CEEAAS). As a teacher for the center, he helps develop learning modules that embed culturally relevant curriculum for effective teaching of African American students. Gibson recently wrote an article titled Everything Black Is NOT Bad! Families and Teachers Engaging in Critical Discussions around Race. He was currently elected on the Elementary Section Steering Committee and will begin his term in November 2020. Additionally, he was awarded the 2020 NCTE Early Career Educator of Color Leadership Award.