2012 Keynote Speakers
Manuel Scott brings a unique message that has inspired, educated, and empowered almost a million people. Manuel has received several awards for his commitment to transforming lives, and has appeared on "The View" with Barbara Walters and on "Nightline." Manuel explains that he was once dismissed as "unreachable" and "unteachable", "but something special happened, and I love sharing that message with others." Once a high school drop-out, Manuel now holds degrees from the University of California at Berkeley and Trinity International University.
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Ann Masten, PhD, is a Distinguished McKnight University Professor in the Institute of Child Development at the University of Minnesota and a nationally-recognized researcher in the area of school success for homeless and highly mobile (HHM) students. Ann's keynote address will highlight findings and practical implications from over 20 years of collaborative, community-based research on risk and resilience in HHM children in the Twin Cities. Data will be discussed from recent longitudinal district-level analyses of achievement in the Minneapolis Public Schools that show striking resilience as well as disparities. Implications from research on stress, parenting, and executive function skills conducted in emergency shelters will be discussed with respect to promoting school readiness and resilience in HHM children.
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Jeffrey Olivet has provided leadership on issues of homelessness, poverty, and HIV since 1993. During his human services career he has served as outreach worker, case manager, housing director, writer, trainer, and activist. His work with numerous organizations across the United States has helped to improve strategic planning, organizational management, and quality of services. Jeff has also worked with health and social service systems in South Africa, Kenya, and Nigeria. He holds a B.A. in English and French from the University of Alabama and an M.A. in English from Boston College.
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