Meet Our 2019 Special Education Law & Leadership Conference Keynote Speakers:

Dr. Keith Mayes

Dr. Keith Mayes is an Associate Professor at the University of Minnesota; former chair of the Department of African American & African Studies; and the Horace T. Morse-Alumni Distinguished Teaching Professor.  Dr. Mayes earned his Ph.D. in History from Princeton University.  His teaching and research interests include the Civil Rights and Black Power Movements; education policy and history; black holiday traditions; racial equity and critical ethnic studies pedagogy; and the history of African Americans.  Dr. Mayes has published one book entitled Kwanzaa: Black Power and the Making of the African American Holiday Tradition. He is currently working on another book entitled, The Unteachables: Civil Rights, Disability Rights and the Origins of Black Special Education.

Dr. Mayes established the Mayes Educational Group, LLC, which provides consultant, professional development, and training services in the areas of racial equity; curriculum development; and social studies.  Some of his current and former clients include the Omaha Public Schools, Minneapolis Public Schools; District 279-Osseo Public schools; District 196-Apple Valley, Eagan, Rosemount Public Schools; Independent School District 194 (Lakeville, MN); District 833-South Washington County Schools; and St. Paul Public Schools; National Geographic; the History Channel; the Minnesota Humanities Center; and the Minnesota Department of Education.  Dr. Mayes has lectured widely throughout the Twin Cities Metro area in K-12 schools, churches, municipal governments and corporations.  He has appeared on various media outlets, such as KMOJ, KARE-11 News, WCCO Channel 4, KSTP, Minnesota Public Radio, Radio Minnesota, KFAI, and National Public Radio.

Dr. Amy June Rowley

Dr. Amy June Rowley is the Coordinator of the American Sign Language Program in Modern Language and Literature Department at California State University. She completed her dissertation in 2014 in Second Language Education in Urban Education from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee which focused on American Sign Language Advanced Studies Programs: Implementation Procedures and Identifying Empowering Practices. She holds a professional level certification in American Sign Language Teachers Association (ASLTA). Her research interests are systemic and hierarchal structure of American Sign Language programs in post-secondary institutions; and relationships between students/interpreters and the Deaf community. She has published articles related to Audism, oppression and special education experiences. Dr. Rowley’s own educational experience resulted in the seminal United States Supreme Court case “Rowley v. Bd. of Education” and set the standard for education for students with disabilities in the U.S.


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We invite you to join with colleagues from across the region to deepen your understanding of special education and discrimination issues through a social justice lens.

  • Thursday, March 21, 2019
  • Friday, March 22, 2019

Registration Rates:

Early Bird – $549 (register by March 1, 2019)
Standard – $599
Groups of 3 or more from the same organization – $525/person plus bring a general educator for free!
(contact Brittney Hoese at (763) 253-4155 for a discount code)
If you require any special accommodations, please contact Brittney Hoese at (763) 253-4155.

Hotel Information

A block of rooms has been reserved at the Embassy Suites connected to the Earle Brown Center for March 20-22. The special room rate (starting at $139/night) will be available until March 1 or until the group block is sold-out, whichever comes first. To make a reservation contact the hotel directly at (763) 560-2700.