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NJEA R.I.S.E. Conference

July 13, 2023

This promises to be a radically-imaginative, participant-driven, liberatory learning space.

Event Description

radical – (especially of change or action) relating to or affecting the fundamental nature of something; far-reaching or thorough.

imagination – the ability of the mind to be creative or resourceful.

summit – top; apex; the highest point; peak; the topmost level attainable

educator – one skilled in teaching; teacher; inclusive of all education support professionals

Along our radical learning journey, our summit speakers from past years have included Dr. Bettina Love, Dr. Gholdy Muhammad, Princess Tirelo Motolegi, Dr. Michael Eric Dyson, Dr. Cornel West, and student keynotes Priya Vulchi & Winona Guo.

At this year’s summit, we aim to advance our movement for justice and equity across the state with an all-Filipinx facilitation team, including a special east coast / west coast educator-organizer collab with Mary Joyce “MJ” Laqui and Frank Mata, as well as Rethinking Schools Executive Director, Dr. Cierra Kaler-Jones, and more special guests!

This promises to be a radically-imaginative, participant-driven, liberatory learning space. Come through ready to add your flavor, brilliance, and style. In the revolutionary Filipinx spirit, we will infuse the following values and themes throughout the experience:

ISANG BAGSAK – one fall / we fall together, we rise together

KAPWA – recognition of shared identity, an inner-self shared with others

PASALUBONG – reciprocity in the tradition of gift-giving

Conference Agenda


9 a.m. Breakfast with Special Morning Keynote
10 a.m. Session 1 with Frank Mata & MJ Laqui
12 p.m. Lunch with Our Special Guest Keynote
1 p.m. Session 2 with Dr. Cierra Kaler-Jones
3 p.m. Closing Celebration with Music


Register above. Registration closes May 31 at 11:59 pm. NOTE: Space is limited.

Contact your County Association to inquire about availability of first-time attendee scholarships.