and the Professional Learning Chair for MSLA.
In her opening keynote address on Sunday, author Andrea Davis Pinkney shared her “Letter to Diversity.” She acknowledged that diversity is a hot topic this year, and implored us to keep it front and center in our work for years to come and not just treat it like this year’s fashion. The Sunday Dinner speaker, librarian Rebecca McCorkindale (aka Hafuboti), talked about diversity in our profession, recognizing paraprofessionals as important partners and incorporating social/emotional learning in our work. In Monday’s keynote, educator Debbie Irving shared her journey as a white woman recognizing her privilege and the awakening of her consciousness of race and society. In Monday’s closing session, author Jack Gantos thoughtfully shared his learning about representation in literature.