derrick henry, jr.

Master Derrick Henry, Jr. is a 2nd grade student at Holly Hill K-8 School where he is a student leader. His performance, as a 1st grader, at the Volusia County Institute for School Administrators entitled “Engage Us or Enrage Us,” went viral on social media. 

Master Derrick has given a multitude of presentations including “Teachers, Do You Believe In Me”; “Look at Us, Love Us and Lead Us”; “Boys Like Me Need Men Like You”; and “The Dangers of Drugs.” He presented “The ABC’s of Black History,” written by his mother, at the President’s Assembly at Bethune-Cookman to an enthralled audience of over 2,000 people. 

An avid reader, he has read over 500 books. He is currently enrolled in an online Spanish course and counts Math as his favorite subject.

dr. stephanie
pasley henry

Dr. Stephanie Pasley Henry, is the Dean of the College of Education at Bethune-Cookman University. A former fifth-grade teacher, Dr. Henry, enjoys preparing preservice teachers to become creative, cutting-edge instructional leaders. 

She shares her strategies that were used in the classroom at home with her children and with teachers and parents across the nation. She is recognized internationally for her riveting presentations highlighting engagement.

Journey with this mother-son duo as they collaboratively highlight the benefits of culturally responsive student engagement as the primary ingredient in bringing equity to life for all students. Master Derrick will share his engaging classroom and home experiences as he advocates for all students to be exposed to equitable teaching strategies. Dr. Henry will illustrate the importance of building bridges between home and school as it is a central challenge to the 21st Century Title I school. Together, they shed light on how students in the most stress-engulfed environments benefit from administrators, teachers, and parents who embrace the six core principles of engagement: ENGAGE—Empower. Nuture. Grip. Attend. Guide. Enjoy.

dr. don parker

Dr. Don Parker is a highly sought-after speaker and professional development provider. He is the principal of Posen Intermediate School in Posen-Robbins School District 143.5 in Posen, Illinois. Previously, he was the principal of Lincoln Avenue School, a K–8 school in Dolton, Illinois, where he improved the culture, implemented a resilience program, managed the implementation of restorative justice, and increased attendance and student achievement.

Dr. Parker has been an educator since 1997 with a background as a teacher, Dean of Students, Assistant Principal of Student Life, Assistant Principal for Curriculum and Instruction, and Assistant Principal for Activities and Athletics. His experience in education includes working in the inner-city Chicago Public Schools district and predominantly low-income, minority suburban schools. Dr. Parker was also an adjunct professor and taught graduate courses to a cohort of students seeking their master’s degrees in curriculum and instruction at National-Louis University in Bolingbrook, Illinois. His diverse background in education has provided him with the knowledge of how to best apply evidence-based methods and interventions to improve student behavior and increase student achievement.

Dr. Parker believes in creating a school climate in which the entire staff goes above and beyond to meet the academic and social-emotional needs of all students. He has presented throughout the United States at the top education conferences, including the Every Student Succeeds Act Conference, Staff Development for Educators, and the National Principals Conference. Dr. Parker is a professional development provider and conducts workshops titled “The Power of Building Trusting Relationships With Students at Risk” and “Implementing a Resilience Program for Students at Risk.”

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