2019 Conference Speakers


Dr. Freeman A. Hrabowski, President of UMBC (University of Maryland, Baltimore County) since 1992, is a consultant on science and math education to national agencies, universities, and school systems. He was named by President Obama to chair the President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans. He also chaired the National Academies’ committee that produced the report, Expanding Underrepresented Minority Participation: America’s Science and Technology Talent at the Crossroads (2011). His 2013 TED talk highlights the “Four Pillars of College Success in Science.”

Named one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World by TIME (2012) and one of America’s Best Leaders by U.S. News & World Report (2008), he also received TIAA-CREF’s Theodore M. Hesburgh Award for Leadership Excellence (2011), the Carnegie Corporation’s Academic Leadership Award (2011), and the Heinz Award (2012) for contributions to improving the “Human Condition.” UMBC has been recognized as a model for inclusive excellence by such publications as U.S. News, which the past eight years has recognized UMBC as a national leader in academic innovation and undergraduate teaching. Dr. Hrabowski’s most recent book, Holding Fast to Dreams: Empowering Youth from the Civil Rights Crusade to STEM Achievement, describes the events and experiences that played a central role in his development as an educator and leader.


David Nurenberg, Ph.D. is an associate professor and core faculty at Lesley University's Graduate School of Education in Cambridge, MA, and a consultant to schools in the Boston area and beyond. He has also taught English at Concord Carlisle High School in Concord, Massachusetts for 19 years.

David is the recipient of the 1998-1999 Diane A. Rottenberg Davis Memorial Endowment Prize in Education, and the 2014 Harry S. Levitan Prize for Excellence and Leadership in Education, both from Brandeis University. Whether teaching high schoolers, undergraduates, graduate students or in-service teachers, David tries to practice the principles of student-centered, inquiry-based and service learning, all through the lens of social justice education. His published work has appeared in several prominent peer-reviewed journals including The Harvard Educational Review, NCTE’s English Education, American Secondary Education and High School Journal. 

David is Vice President of the Massachusetts-Hokkaido Association, and has coordinated ongoing sister-school exchanges with schools in Hokkaido, Japan since the early 2000s. He has also received several grants from the U.S. State Department to build and conduct educational exchanges between the USA and the former Soviet Republic of Turkmenistan, and in 2010 led the first American delegation to meet with Turkmenistan’s National Institute of Education (NIE). 

More recently David founded and coordinates the G.L.O.B.E. (Global Learning Opportunities in Boston Area Education) Consortium, which brings Boston public school students together with their suburban counterparts, in association with MIT’s Department of Materials Science and Engineering, for interdisciplinary after-school courses in STEM/Green Technologies. The project is funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation.

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