Maimuna Mohammed has a master’s degree in Early Childhood Leadership from Bank Street Graduate College of Education’s Principal Institute. She has been working as an early childhood educator in community based programs, in New York City for more than 35 years, and has gained a wider experience in teaching a variety of students. In that time she has specialized in working with all types of abilities, families and cultural ways of learning and doing. Reveling in the mysteries of creative equitable classroom management skills, team work, and enjoying working in play centered style.
Ms. Mohammed uses multiple approaches to encourage cooperation between organizations and individuals to help all team members to gather around a common value, goals, and culture that will improve the communities. Her partnership support for families and community includes getting other individuals, organizations, alliances, and coalitions involved in accomplishing community goals. She supports Elevating Parent Voices and has a sense of loyalty and devotion to supporting and improving community growth and development.
Jonayah Marie Jackson (Jo) is a data analysis consultant with 4 years of experience working in higher education. In her last role, she was the project manager for the Center on Culture, Race & Equity at Bank Street College of Education. There, she managed research projects, conducted interviews, administered focus groups, and co-facilitated professional development sessions for educators and caregivers. In addition, Jo supported her team with graphic design, website maintenance, and administrative/technical support. A graduate of Williams College with a major in Anthropology and a concentration in Africana Studies as well as a certificate of Software Engineering from Columbia University School of Engineering, Jo brings her experience conducting fieldwork, creating materials, and working in nonprofits and higher education to her teams. Currently, she is bridging her passion for data and technology by working on educational- and medical-themed applications.
During her career, she held various educational roles in Honolulu, including instructional mentor and operations specialist at Teach For America, program specialist at Read Aloud America, and Founding School Board Member of DreamHouse Ewa Beach. Lissette Roman has also held teaching positions at Achievement First in Bridgeport, CT, and in Las Vegas Public Schools, where she began her teaching career as a Teach For America Corps member.
Lissette is fluent in both English and Spanish. She earned her bachelor’s degree in professional studies and human services from Metropolitan College of New York and her master of arts in education from Touro University.
Lauren Gonzalez holds a Master’s degree in International Education Development with a concentration in International Humanitarian Issues from Columbia University and a Bachelor’s in Health Science from Boston University. She began her career as an ESOL instructor with the International Rescue Committee and has since worked to develop more inclusive educational spaces. Lauren currently serves as a consultant for numerous school districts nationwide, offering strategic guidance and formulating data-informed recommendations. In her previous roles, she worked on federal and state grants at Teachers College- Columbia University and Rutgers University’s New Jersey Safe Schools Program. Lauren successfully managed research projects and played a key role in developing and facilitating educational programs on Career and Technical Education, Peace and Human Rights, Violence Prevention, Occupational Safety, and Culturally Responsive Pedagogy for education professionals and secondary students.
Lauren is driven by a passion for addressing educational inequities. With her multifaceted background, commitment to research-driven strategies, and a track record of providing impactful support to schools. She brings a unique skill set to education and workforce development and is dedicated to redefining educational paradigms and empowering learners.
Michelle Lewis is the owner of L.E.A.R.N Coaching & Consulting, where she provides services to educational, not-for-profit, public and private organizations to create/ build upon existing systems to improve operational functions. She also provides coaching services to educators at various stages of their career.
For over 15 years, she has served multiple schools with large populations of Title I, Black and Latino children, English language learners, and immigrant families. She has experience as a network leader, school leadership coach, teacher coach, workshop designer and facilitator, edTPA evaluator, curriculum writer and history educator. Michelle has supported, supervised and coached novice and veteran leaders, teachers and non-instructional staff to build their capacity. She has expertise in creating systems and learning experiences to enable those she supports to be successful.
She was previously the Associate Director for Performance Management & Development at New Visions where she has held multiple roles during her 11 year tenure. She has a M.S.Ed in educational leadership from Brooklyn College, a M.A from NYU and a B.A from Hunter College. Her career has been a complete commitment to working with adults who want to continue to LEARN.
Dr. Simran Jeet Singh is an award-winning educator, writer, activist, and scholar who believes deeply that love, equity, and justice are closely intertwined. He writes and speaks regularly on issues of diversity, inclusion, civil rights, religion, and hate violence, and his thought leadership extends to a number of audiences, from the White House and the Pentagon to university campuses and social justice groups.
Simran is a professor of religion at Trinity University and Senior Religion Fellow for the Sikh Coalition, a civil rights organization based in New York City. This year, Simran serves as the Henry R. Luce Fellow for Religion and International Affairs at NYU’s Center for Religion and Media. He frequently contributes opinion pieces to various news outlets, and he has become a consistent expert for reporters around the world in television, radio, and print media. Simran is also on the board for Religion Newswriters Association, a fellow for the Truman National Security Project, and a term-member with the Council on Foreign Relations.
Nationally known as the Hip Hop Principal, Dr. Shango A. Blake-CEO of TRU SK Consultants, LLC is a much sought after speaker about issues in urban education; from pioneering unique collaborations between students, teachers, parents, and the community towards creating and sustaining a vibrant academic atmosphere, to his successful tenure as a New York City Principal, he has proven to be a true renaissance educator. As a Principal, Dr. Blake saw a profound need to institute drastic and creative changes to improve his school’s failing health. Dr. Blake initiated a bold and daring self-created project to integrate a conceptualized Hip Hop based educational program. This program led to the creation of:
As Chair of the Education and Youth Committee of the Million Man March Coordinating Council of Queens, Dr. Shango Blake has been responsible for:
Scheherazad Al-Salamin (she/her) is of Palestinian-American heritage hailing from Yonkers, NY. Scheherazad believes in the power of an anti-racist education to free young minds. Her journey began at Sarah Lawrence in Bronxville, NY (B.A. with a focus on Arabic:English translation) and continues on at the Teacher’s College of Columbia University (M.A. in Social Studies Curriculum Pedagogy).
Scheherazad has spent the last ten years serving in schools within urban communities. She believes in the power of teaching for justice and works to support educators in unpacking their own histories, backgrounds, identities (all leading to a wonderful wealth of knowledge) before engaging in disciplinary thinking with students.
Scheherazad has worked with students and families in the field of education as a teacher, school leader and network lead. Scheherazad has spent time in forty schools, across several regions (NY, RI, CT, D.C., CA, WI, TN) within two large networks of the charter sector. Scheherazad has experience coaching and leading towards vision for instruction on both a school and network level within the charter sector. Of her many interests, Scheherazad finds her passion in project based learning as means of re-shaping pedagogical beliefs about what it means to both “teach” and “learn.”