Video/Teleconference with Curtis Acosta

Date: 
Tuesday, February 5, 2019 - 4:00pm
Location: 
Zoom
Dr. Curtis Acosta

Important Note: This teleconference is a benefit for COSEBOC members. If you are not a COSEBOC Member, please click here to join or renew your COSEBOC membership.

On Tuesday, February 5, 2019 at 4pm EST, COSEBOC is proud to announce Dr. Curtis Acosta as our 4th speaker in our 2018-19 educational teleconference series, Conversations with Deep Thinkers. The goal of this series is to create, deepen and strengthen the capacity of educators and advocates dedicated to the affirmative development of boys and young men of color.

Conversations with Deep Thinkers is a powerful forum for learning and inquiry. In these one-hour teleconference calls, Ron Walker engages prominent leaders in an inquiry that is focused on COSEBOC's 2019 theme: Boys & Young Men of Color: Ready to Learn, Honored to Serve, Destined to Lead. These conversations are followed by a Q&A inviting audience participation. 

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Dr. Curtis Acosta

Now, more than ever, culturally respectful, responsive and sustaining educational climates must be an imperative in every school in America. With the steady growth of cultural and ethnic diversity, the golden opportunity to appreciate the full richness and value that diversity represents presents itself.

Curtis Acosta is a brilliant educator, scholar and social justice warrior who is a strong advocate for cultural responsive pedagogy and strategies that will raise consciousness for education that values the contributions, creativity and genius of Latinos and indigenous peoples.

Curtis understands the critical difference between schooling and education. Schooling confines the teacher and the learner to routines of compliance. On the other hand, true and authentic education liberates the creative abilities of teachers and all students especially those of color. Curtis will explode myths and misconceptions designed to demonize the "other." Learn more about Dr. Curtis here.

Bio: Dr. Curtis Acosta

Dr. Curtis Acosta was a high school teacher for nearly 20 years in Tucson, where he developed and taught Chican@/Latin@ Literature classes for the renowned Mexican American Studies program in the Tucson Unified School District. He is an award-winning educator who was named one of the “Top 10 Latinos to Watch in US Politics” by the Huffington Post. Curtis was featured in the documentaries Precious Knowledge and Dolores, and his teaching also received profiles on The Daily Show with John Stewart, CNN, PBS, The New York Times, and The Los Angeles Times amongst many other media outlets. He has been fortunate to have articles published in Voices in Urban Education, The English Journal, Journal of Language & Literacy, Multicultural Perspectives The Journal of Education Controversy. Educational Courage: Resisting the Ambush on Public Education, Rethinking Sexism, Gender, and Sexuality, and Rethinking Ethnic Studies.

Dr. Acosta is also the founder of Acosta Latino Learning Partnership and Acosta Educational Partnerships; educational consultation firmscommitted to help educators create culturally sustaining and humanizing educational practices in their classrooms, schools, and communities throughout the United States. ALLP and AEP have provided professional development workshops and training for educators throughout the nation. 

Dr. Acosta received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Willamette University in Salem, Oregon, and later obtained a Master’s of Arts degree and Ph.D. in Language, Reading, and Culture from the University of Arizona in Tucson. He is currently an Assistant Professor in Language and Culture in Education at the University of Arizona South.

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