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NYC DOE Beyond Access Forum Coming November 2, 2021

Juan Felipe Herrera
Beyond Access keynote speaker Juan Felipe Herrera (Image credit: Juan Felipe Herrera)

The New York City Department of Education will host the Beyond Access Forum on November 2, 2021. Produced by Tech & Learning, this interactive virtual event is open to all educators and will run from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. ET. Taking place on Election Day, this virtual event is a convenient opportunity for NYC DOE staff to earn CTLE credits toward their professional development by logging in and attending live on November 2. 

Learn more and register for free here

 Moving Forward Together 

Beyond Access Forum is one of the largest cross-divisional NYC DOE professional learning opportunities, bringing together a wide array of programming to support professional development. The theme for the November 2 event is “Moving Forward Together” and will offers sessions that include:  

  • Leveraging culturally responsive and sustaining practices to support social-emotional and academic learning 
  • Literacy 
  • Digital accessibility and fluency 
  • Inclusion and equity for historically marginalized students, including those with disabilities and multilingual learners 

Beyond Access Forum attendees will also have the chance to learn about the latest tools to support innovation in the classroom, and connect and reflect with fellow educators as they learn about new teaching techniques and resources -- all while earning CTLE credit.

U.S. Poet Laureate Consultant to Keynote 

The Beyond Access Forum keynote speaker will be Juan Felipe Herrera, the 21st United States Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry and the author of acclaimed works of prose and poetry for both children and adults.

During his laureateship, Herrera traveled widely and became known for his energy, enthusiasm, and desire to include everyday citizens in the joyous work of creating literature. Continuing his long career as an educator, Herrera encouraged writers of all ages to participate in such projects as “La Casa de Colores” (“The House of Colors”), which invited Americans to contribute to a collaborative epic poem, pairing that work with treasures from the Library of Congress’s collections, a Chicago Public School program, Wordstreet Champions and Brave Builders of the Dream, and the Laureate Lab Visual Words Studio.

The son of migrant farmworkers, Herrera has credited his mother and engaged teachers with encouraging him to write poetry. Herrera will share his journey during his keynote, inspiring other educators to explore their dreams and imagination. 

For educators, the Beyond Access Forum is a unique chance to connect with colleagues to collaborate, celebrate, and learn as we move forward together this year. Learn more and register for free here