Keynote: Rusul Alrubail, “Educating for Change: Activism, Organizing, and Resisting through Storytelling”
How do youth want to be supported by educators / adults in building and sustaining student movements? Social justice struggle grows from students’ own goals and feelings about their education, community and world. As educators it’s important that we provide the opportunity to cultivate and nurture student voice. The storyteller wields power in creating a story that allows the listener to empathize and understand and by doing so storytelling inadvertently becomes a mode to free ourselves from oppression. It is now more than ever a necessary time for us to focus on student activism and cultivate the necessary conditions for students to organize, and more importantly, to tell their stories for larger impact.
Rusul Alrubail is a Partner at Ci.Strategy+ Design. She also works on literacy and student voice at The Writing Project. She is an education writer, an author and a social justice advocate. Alrubail has taught English composition and literature to high school, college, and undergraduate students for 10 years. She has written with Edutopia, Education Week, The Guardian, PBS Newshour, EdWeek Teacher, Teaching Tolerance, ASCD’s Educational Leadership, Edsurge, Annenberg Learner Foundation, Medium and other prominent education publications.
She’s a TEDx speaker and a social media influencer on education, race, and equity. Her work focuses on teacher professional development and training, pedagogical practices in and out of the classroom, english language learners, equity & social justice, and media literacy as a means for professional development. You can find her work on her “Heart of a Teacher” blog: www.rusulalrubail.com