2023 TCTELA Annual Conference


(Register early for discounted pricing.)



(Limited space available.)



Embassy Suites by Hilton Denton Convention Center

3100 Town Center Trail

Denton, TX  76201



Group Name: 58th Annual TCTELA Conference


Sleeping room rate: $135/night (single or double, includes breakfast)

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“Words are to be taken seriously. I try to take seriously the acts of language. Words set things in motion. I’ve seen them doing it. Words set up atmospheres, electrical fields, charges. I’ve felt them doing it. Words conjure. I try not to be careless about what I utter, write, sing. I’m careful about what I give voice to.”       -- Toni Cade Bambara





Friday Workshop

Originally from Galveston, TX, LUPE MENDEZ (Writer//Educator//Activist) is the author WHY I AM LIKE TEQUILA (Willow Books, 2019), winner of the 2019 John A. Robertson Award for Best First Book of Poetry from the Texas Institute of Letters. He is the founder of Tintero Projects which works with emerging Latinx writers and other writers of color within the Texas Gulf Coast Region, with Houston as its hub. Lupe earned his Masters of Fine Arts from the University of Texas @ El Paso. Mendez’s work can been seen in print and online formats including the Kenyon Review, Gulf Coast Journal, the Texas Review, the L.A. Review of Books, Split This Rock, Poetry Magazine and Poem-A-Day from the Academy of American Poets. Mendez is the 2022 Texas Poet Laureate. Follow Lupe on Twitter, at @thepoetmendez and on Instagram, at @ellupis.




Friday Workshop

SAMMY RIGAUD (re-go) is a teacher, rapper and author who lives in Atlanta, Georgia. He earned his bachelor's degree from Florida Atlantic University and his master’s degree from The American College of Education. Sammy uses unorthodox methods to keep his students engaged. He is unashamed about his love for his students and his passion for seeing students thrive. He has been teaching for the last 9 years. Sammy has been featured on various news outlets such as ABC World News, CNN, The Kelly Clarkson Show, The Cube, The Shade Room and many more. His favorite sports team is the Miami Heat and he loves to eat pizza and Reese’s. Rihanna is his friend by the way.




Friday Workshop

Mexican American award-winning author, filmmaker, and youth literacy activist e.E. CHARLTON-TRUJILLO has written several books for teens and children, most notably the ALA Winning Fat Angie series. Their debut picture book, co-authored with NYT Bestseller Pat Zietlow Miller and illustrated by Joe Cepeda, "Lupe Lopez: Rock Star Rules" was an Amazon Reviews 2022 Editor’s Pick and an MSNBC Top 10 Back to School Book. Charlton-Trujillo is the co-founder of the nonprofit Never Counted Out, a member of the Las Musas collective and co-host of the Instagram Live series Off The Cuff. Follow them on all things social @pinatadirector.




Friday PD Luncheon

JERRY CRAFT is the New York Times bestselling author and illustrator of the graphic novels New Kid and Class Act.  New Kid is the only book in history to win the John Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children’s literature (2020); the Kirkus Prize for Young Readers’ Literature (2019), and the Coretta Scott King Author Award for the most outstanding work by an African American writer (2020). Jerry was born in Harlem and grew up in the Washington Heights section of New York City.




Friday Keynote

Dr. Sawsan Jaber is a global educator, presenter, equity strategist, and keynote speaker of 20+years. She has held a variety of leadership positions both in the U.S. and abroad. Dr. Jaber is currently a high school English teacher and a District Equity Leader at East Leyden High School in Franklin Park, IL. Dr. Jaber founded Education Unfiltered Consulting and works with schools nationally and internationally. She completed her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus on inclusion and belonging of students from marginalized communities. Dr. Jaber is a Board Director of Our Voice Alliance charged with amplifying the voices of teachers of color to create more equity for students of color. Additionally, Sawsan is one of the founders of the Arab American Education Network (AAEN). She is a member of the International Society for Technology in Education’s Community Leader Network. Dr. Jaber is a National Board Certified teacher and focuses most of her research on engaging students in equity work and advocating for Arab and Muslim students. Among other projects, she is currently working on national and international equity centered projects with Google and the National Board Association. Sawsan is a Pulitzer Teacher Fellow. She has been featured in several conferences and podcasts, and written several blogs, journals, and newsletter publications with the hopes to continue working with educators to empower students to work towards global equity and justice. She has published her first co-written book, Teaching In Precarious School Contexts. Her favorite work is being anActivist Scholar and co conspirator for justice alongside her students.




Saturday Keynote

MATTHEW R. KAY is a proud product of Philadelphia’s public schools and a founding teacher at Science Leadership Academy (SLA). He is a graduate of West Chester University and holds a Masters in Educational Leadership with a Principals’ Certificate from California University of Pennsylvania.

At SLA, he teaches an innovative inquiry-driven, project-based curriculum. He is also the Founder and Executive Director of Philly Slam League (PSL), a non-profit organization that shows young people the power of their voices through weekly spoken word competitions. The PSL is the only season-long, school-based slam poetry league in the United States.

He deeply believes in the importance of earnest and mindful classroom conversations about race. Furthermore, he believes that any teacher who is willing to put in the hard work of reflection can, through the practice of discrete skills, become a better discussion leader. Driven by these convictions, he is passionate about designing professional development that teachers find valuable.

Matthew lives in Philadelphia with his wife, Cait, and his daughters, Adia Sherrill & Bennu Jane.




Saturday PD Luncheon

IBI ZOBOI was born in Haiti. When she was four, she immigrated to New York with her mother. Zoboi is the author of numerous titles including American Street (2017), which was a finalist for the 2017 National Book Award in Young Adult’s Literature, a Time Magazine Best YA Book Of All Time, and a Kirkus Best Book of the Year; Pride (2018), a contemporary remix of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice; and My Life As An Ice Cream Sandwich (2020), a moving middle-grade debut of a girl finding her place in a world that’s changing at warp speed.

Zoboi is also the co-author of the Walter Award and L.A. Times Book Prize-winning Punching the Air (2021) with prison reform activist Dr. Yusef Salaam, an Exonerated Five member, which was also shortlisted for the U.K.’s Yoto Carnegie Medal. She is the editor of Black Enough: Stories of Being Young & Black in America (2020), an essential collection of captivating stories about what it’s like to be young and Black in America. Her debut picture book, The People Remember (2021), received a Coretta Scott King Book Honor Award. Her other recent titles include Star Child: A biographical Constellation of Octavia Estelle Butler (2022), and Okoye to the People: A Black Panther Novel (2022) for Marvel.

Zoboi has appeared on CBS This Morning and The Reid Out alongside Yusef Salaam, and on PBS’s Book View Now. Her writing has been published in The New York Times Book Review, the Horn Book Magazine, and The Rumpus, among others.




Sunday Keynote

CORNELIUS MINOR is a Brooklyn-based educator. He works with teachers, school leaders, and leaders of community-based organizations to support equitable literacy reform in cities (and sometimes villages) across the globe. His latest book, We Got This, explores how the work of creating more equitable school spaces is embedded in our everyday choices—specifically in the choice to really listen to kids. He has been featured in Education Week, Brooklyn Magazine, and Teaching Tolerance Magazine. He has partnered with The Teachers College Reading and Writing Project, The New York City Department of Education, The International Literacy Association, and Lesley University’s Center for Reading Recovery and Literacy Collaborative. Out of Print, a documentary featuring Cornelius made its way around the film festival circuit, and he has been a featured speaker at conferences all over the world. Most recently, along with his partner and wife, Kass Minor, he has established The Minor Collective, a community-based movement designed to foster sustainable change in schools. Whether working with educators and kids in Los Angeles, Seattle, or New York City, Cornelius uses his love for technology, hiphop, and social media to bring communities together. As a teacher, Cornelius draws not only on his years teaching middle school in the Bronx and Brooklyn, but also on time spent skateboarding, shooting hoops, and working with young people. You can connect with him at Kass and Corn, or on Twitter at @MisterMinor.

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