Opportunity in the Midst of Chaos:
School Librarians as Change Agents
Beyond the COVID-19 Pandemic
With Closing Keynote Speaker
Dr. Lisa Grillo
The COVID-19 pandemic has illuminated many inequities faced by specific student subgroups in schools across the United States. The sudden shift from brick-and-mortar to virtual learning has left many students of color to experience a loss in learning due to technology connectivity issues, resource deprivation, health disparities, and other pervasive issues that inhibit them from participating in high-quality educational experiences. While this crisis has resulted in devastating consequences for students, families, and communities, it has also provided a unique opportunity for educational professionals to recommit ourselves to improving educational outcomes for all students. In this keynote address, Dr. Lisa Grillo discusses the challenges that students of color have faced during the pandemic, the systemic conditions that led to these challenges, and culturally responsive strategies school librarians may take in efforts to create equitable schools for all students.
Dr. Lisa Grillo Bio
Dr. Lisa Grillo Assistant Professor, Educational Leadership & Policy Studies, Howard University. As a teacher, leader, and scholar with over 25 years of experience in public education, Dr. Lisa Grillocurrently serves as an assistant professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies in the Howard University School of Education. Her research is currently focused on the experiences of Black and Latina women who lead in educational settings. Prior to this role, Lisa successfully led district and school-level initiatives to improve student outcomes for diverse student populations in large urban and suburban school districts. As a principal in the District of Columbia Public Schools, Lisa led her school community in earning Autonomous School Status, an award given to a select cohort of high-performing schools that allows for greater school-based autonomy in the areas of budgeting, instructional programming, and professional development.